1895年，大清帝國於甲午戰爭中敗於日本，因此將台灣割讓與日本。台灣民主國在此歷史背景下成立，號稱為亞洲第一個民主共和國，作為反抗日本殖民統治的手段。然而台灣民主國成立不久在各種歷史因素下旋告解體。 Taiwan was ceded to Japan in 1895 as a result of the Ching Empire's defeat in the Chia-wu
War. In the aftermath of this the Taiwan Republic was proclaimed, which served to rally
resistance against Japanese colonization and was heralded as Asia's first democratic
republic. Shortly after its establishment,though, the Taiwan Republic was to collapse
due to various historical factors.
台灣歷史的鏡與窗 = The mirror and the window of Taiwan history, pp.96-105