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Taiping Rebellion vs. Boxer Rebellion

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The last two centuries are considered as the golden age of millenarianism in ***** sense that they brought about a change in the exist*****g system, by means of overthrow of the system which existed. And the new system which evolved was considered as better than the old system which existed and was brought about by overthrowing the powerful. The reason is simple. As the sociologists and historians ***** the ***** 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 *****d unpleasant l*****e earlier.

As a result of the industrial revolution, many ***** peop***** came to North America and Europe, but ***** nations which Europe ***** trying to bring under its control ***** the areas where the thoughts of millenarianism had ***** been posed to. These ***** had ***** influenced by ***** ***** ***** millenarianism only after the arrival of the missionary community in these areas. The Cargo Cults, Ghost Dance ***** the Mahdists are all example of *****se type of movements, which were at different times noble or peaceful, ***** which were often violent, typically rash and foolish ***** fan*****ic, frequently self destructive, some***** for and *****times against the *****ans, 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 ***** dominance of the west (except the Bolsheviks), reaching the peak of the Chinese tradition of millenarian revolts ***** is nearly 2000 years old (except the Maoists).1 China had alarming problems of varying heights by natural calamities inclusive of floods, droughts and famines during the mid of ***** nineteenth century.2 These and other disasters were partially due to the neglect ***** ***** 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 ***** cumulative effects of the military defeats at the h*****s of ***** Westerners, economic tensions and anti-Manchu sentiments. South China was the first to be influenced by the Western dominance and the last to be conquered by the Qing conquerors.4 All these promoted the background for the Taiping Re*****llion, 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 ***** Washington Press, (1971) p.*****3.

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

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

Inspired by Christianity, ***** Heavenly Kingdom ***** China ***** a millen*****rian

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