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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 ***** and was brought 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 of whose expected and traditional lives have been destroyed and disrupted, uprooted and rendered rootless, even if they were having an unpromising ***** unpleas*****t life earlier.

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

Taiping Rebellion

***** Taiping Rebellion is ***** ***** the most influential ***** all such millenarian movements which evolved as a result of the dominance of the west (except the Bolsheviks), reaching the peak ***** the Chinese tradition of millenarian revolts that is nearly 2000 years old (except ***** Maoists).1 China had alarming problems of varying heights ***** natural calamities inclusive of floods, droughts ***** famines during the mid of the nineteenth century.2 These and other dis*****ters were partially due to the neglect ***** ***** government in public works, and to alleviate the misery caused by them ***** was widespread the Qing administration did absolutely nothing.3 There was widespread unrest, in the south, as a ***** of ***** cumulative effects of the 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 ***** conquered by the Qing conquerors.4 All these promoted the background for the Taiping *****, the largest revolt in the modern Chinese history.

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

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

***** ***** Christianity, ***** ***** Kingdom ***** China was a *****


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