When Valleys Turned Blood Red: The Ta-pa-ni Incident in Colonial Taiwan

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University of Hawai'i Press, 2005 - History - 313 pages
"Based on detailed archival research, interviews with survivors, painstaking demographic analysis, and a thorough reading of secondary scholarship in all of the relevant languages, Paul Katz examines the significance of the Ta-pa-ni Incident by focusing on what Paul Cohen terms history's "three keys": event, experience, and myth. Katz provides a vivid description of events surrounding the uprising as well as the ways in which it has been mythologized over time. His primary emphasis, however, is on the experiences of the men and women who were caught up in the flow of history. As a result, the book's analytical framework centers on the individual and family backgrounds of participants and the socioeconomic and religious factors underlying their decision to join the uprising. In addition, Katz explores the impact of the Ta-pa-ni Incident on subsequent Japanese colonial policy." "This study makes available for the first time in English the social history of one of the most important events in Taiwan's colonial history. When Valleys Turned Blood Red is an invaluable resource for scholars of colonialism, peasant rebellion, and East Asian history and society."--BOOK JACKET.

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Paul R. Katz is an associate research fellow at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

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