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Taiping Rebellion vs. Boxer Rebellion


The last two centuries are considered as the golden age of millenarianism in the sense that *****y brought about a change in the existing system, by means of overthrow ***** the system which existed. And the new system which evolved was considered as better than ***** old ***** which existed and was ***** about ***** overthrowing the powerful. The reason is simple. As the sociologists and historians of ***** millenarianism say, one does not become sensitive to such ideas simply being oppressed or miserable. But instead, these ideas develop from those ***** whose expected ***** traditional lives have been destroyed and disrupted, uprooted and rendered rootless, even if they were having an unpromising *****d unpleasant l*****e earlier.

As a result of the industrial revolution, many such peop***** came to North America and Europe, but the nations which Europe was trying to bring under its control ***** the areas where the thoughts of ***** had ***** been posed to. These ***** had ***** influenced by the ideas of millenarianism only after the arrival of the missionary community in these areas. The Cargo Cults, Ghost Dance and the Mahdists are all example of ***** type of movements, which were at different times noble or peaceful, ***** ***** were *****ten violent, typically rash and foolish ***** fanatic, frequently self destructive, sometimes for and ***** against the **********, which *****ok the form of a litany of doom as they all were defeated fin*****y.

***** Rebellion

The Taiping Rebellion is considered ***** the most influential ***** all such millenarian movements which evolved as a ***** of ***** dominance of the west (except the Bolsheviks), reaching the peak ***** the Chinese tradition of ***** revolts that is nearly 2000 years old (except the Maoists).1 China had alarming problems of varying heights by natural calamities inclusive of floods, droughts ***** famines during the mid ***** ***** nineteenth century.2 These and other disasters were parti*****y due to the neglect of the government in public works, and to alleviate the misery caused by them which was widespread the Qing administration did absolutely nothing.3 There was ***** unrest, in the south, as a result of the cumulative effects of ***** military defeats at the hands of the Westerners, economic tensions and anti-Manchu sentiments. South China ***** the first to be influenced by the Western dominance and the ***** to be conquered by the Qing conquerors.4 All these promoted the background for the Taiping Re*****llion, ***** largest revolt in the modern Ch*****ese history.

1. Jonathan D. Spence "God's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom ***** Hong Xiuquan" Norton & Company, (1996) p.34

2. Michael, Franz. The Taiping Rebellion: History and Documents, vol. 2, Dosuments and Comments Seattle: University of Washington Press, (1971) p.*****3.

3. Ian Heath and Michael, Perry. "The ***** Rebellion 1851-1866" Osprey *****, (1994) p.15

4. Jonathon D. ***** "The Taiping Version ***** a Christian China 1836-1864" Baylor University Press, (1996) p.53

***** by Christianity, ***** ***** Kingdom of China was a millenarian


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