Chiang Kai Shek

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Chiang Kai Shek, who started out as a military leader, built an enormous legacy that tied around both China and Taiwan. Chiang was born on October 31, 1887, in a small town in Zhejiang province, China. Though his father died when he was young, it did not affect him, he continued to pursue in the military career. During his study at the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, he devoted most of his time to studying the work of Sun Yat Sen who was the leader of the nationalist party (Kuomintang) in China. After finishing his military training he joined the Kuomintang, where he worked under Sun. Sun sent Chiang to Moscow for further military training and appointed him to lead the Whampoa Military Academy. Soon after Sun died in 1925, Chiang took over and became the leader and president of the party. Chiang and the nationalist party continued to rule Mainland China until 1949, when they lost to the communist party in the Chinese civil war. Some historians may see Chiang’s legacy as a failure to create democracy in China and himself as dictator `after taking full control over the leadership and presidency in Taiwan. However, other scholars see Chiang as the leader of democracy he attempted to unify and modernize China while in power. He unfortunately was defeated during the Chinese civil war and fled to Taiwan where he brought democracy to. Chiang is an impressive figure that was able to reunify and lead a country that was recognized to be almost ungovernable, he had an extremely knowledgeable military mindset that was practically able to overthrow the communist party if the United States continued to support, and most significantly he brought the system of democracy to Taiwan and modernized the country. Chiang Kai Shek reunifies and governs ... ... middle of paper ... ...t China; Chinese History." The Economist May 09 2009: 86. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. "Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975)." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. "Chiang Kai-shek." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. Kuo, Wen H. "Democratization And The Political Economy Of Taiwan." International Journal Of Politics, Culture & Society 11.1 (1997): 5-24.Web. 09 Feb. 2014. Meissner, Daniel J. "Chiang Kai-Shek: Nationalist Unifier of China." Marquette University, n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. Taylor, Jay. The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China. Cambridge, MA: Belknap of Harvard UP, 2009. Print. "The Generalissimo." Harvard University Press. Harvard University, n.d. Web. 9 Feb. 2014. "We'll Soon Know How China Regards Reds." Saturday Evening Post 220.14 (1947): 172. Web. 09 Feb. 2014.

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