Wiser World

A brief, concise history of Taiwan from the late 1800s to 1970.

Show Notes

A brief, concise history of Taiwan from the late 1800s to 1970. This episode covers: 
  • Colonial rule in Taiwan (Portuguese & Dutch, Chinese, Japanese... etc) 
  • Sub-ethnicities within the Taiwanese people — Native Indigenous (many tribes), Hokkien, Hakka, and mainlander 
  • Japanese rule of Taiwan from 1895 to 1945. 
  • Post-WII change from Japanese rule back to Chinese rule
  • 228 Incident in 1947 
  • KMT exile to the island of Taiwan and the repercussions, White Terror 
  • Relations with US, China, and Taiwan 
  • + more 
Notes: 
- I make the mistake a time or two of calling the "Republic of China (ROC)" as the same as the KMT. The KMT is a political party, while the Republic of China is the name they often call the country of Taiwan, as they moved the headquarters of the ROC over to Taiwan in 1949. The KMT and ROC are different entities, though very intertwined. 
- I also failed to clarify that some pre-1949 Taiwanese people did indeed join the KMT. Not all KMT members are "mainlanders." 

Sources used in the making of this episode: Source List

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Song credit: "Heart of Indonesia" by mjmusics 

What is Wiser World?

Did you forget everything from your world history class, and now feel lost when world topics come up in current events? Designed for busy people who forgot and need a quick refresh, Wiser World takes world history and makes it approachable and concise.

Here we explore different regions of the world, giving you the facts and context you need to think historically when considering current events. The goal? Re-build your foundation of world knowledge so you can be a more informed and confident critical thinker when it comes to foreign affairs.