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The last two centuries are considered as the golden age of millenarianism in the sense that they brought about a ch*****nge in the existing system, by means of overthrow ***** the system which existed. And the new system which evolved was ***** as better than ***** old system 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 ***** unpleasant life earlier.

***** a result of the industrial revolution, many ***** people came to North America and Europe, but ***** nations which Europe ***** trying to bring under its control ***** the areas where the thoughts of ***** had not been posed to. These ***** had been influenced by the ***** ***** millenarianism only after the arrival of the missionary community in ********** areas. The Cargo Cults, Ghost Dance and the Mahdists are all example of *****se type of movements, which were at different times noble or peaceful, ***** ***** were often violent, typically rash and foolish ***** fan*****ic, frequently self destructive, some***** for and *****times against the **********, which took the form of a lit*****ny of doom as they all were defeated fin*****y.

Taiping Rebellion

***** Taiping Rebellion is considered ***** the most influential of all such millenarian movements which evolved as a ***** of ***** dominance of the west (except the Bolsheviks), reaching the peak ***** the Chinese tradition of millenarian revolts ***** 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 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 widespread unrest, in the south, as a result of the cumulative effects of the military defeats at ***** h*****s of the Westerners, economic tensions and anti-Manchu sentiments. South China ***** the first to be influenced ***** the Western dominance and the last 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. ***** Taiping Rebellion: History ***** Documents, vol. 2, Dosuments and Comments Seattle: University of Washington Press, (1971) p.23.

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

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

***** by *****ity, Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of China was a millenarian


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