Wiser World

A brief, concise history of Taiwan from 1970 to 2022.

Show Notes

A brief, concise history of Taiwan from 1970 to 2022. This episode covers: 
  • Chinese/Taiwanese/US relations from 1970 to 2022
  • The end of martial law and transition to a multi-party democratic system 
  • The transfer of power from a mainlander (Chiang Ching-kuo) to a native islander (Lee Teng-hui) 
  • The first free elections and subsequent back and forth between KMT and DPP parties 
  • The future of Taiwan—possibilities and concerns 
  • + more 
- 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." 

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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.