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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 exist*****g system, by means of overthrow of the system which existed. And the new system which evolved was ***** as better than the old system which existed and was brought about ***** overthrowing the powerful. The reason is simple. As the sociologists and historians of the ***** say, one does not become sensitive to such ideas simply being oppressed or miserable. But instead, these ideas develop from those ***** 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 ***** nations which Europe was trying to bring under its control were the areas where the thoughts of millenarianism had not been posed to. These ***** ***** ***** influenced by ***** ***** of 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 ***** fanatic, frequently self destructive, some***** for and *****times against the **********, which *****ok the form of a litany of doom as they all ***** defeated fin*****y.

Taiping Rebellion

***** Taiping Rebellion is considered as 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 ***** revolts that is nearly 2000 years old (except the Maoists).1 China had alarming problems of varying heights ***** natural calamities inclusive of floods, droughts and famines during the mid ***** the nineteenth century.2 These and other dis*****ters were parti*****y due to the neglect of the government in public works, and to alleviate the misery caused by them ***** 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 ***** 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 ***** conquered by the ***** 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 ***** Hong Xiuquan" Norton & Company, (1996) p.34

*****. Michael, Franz. The Taiping Rebellion: History ***** 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 Press, (1994) p.15

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

Inspired ***** Christianity, Taiping ***** Kingdom of China was a millen*****rian


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