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Taiping Rebellion vs. Boxer *****


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 ***** the system which existed. And the new ***** which evolved was ***** as better than ***** old system which ***** and was brought about by overthrowing the powerful. The reason is simple. As the sociologists and historians of the 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 ********** unpleasant life earlier.

As 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 ***** been posed to. These ***** had ***** influenced by ***** ***** of millenarianism only after the arrival of the missionary community in *****se areas. The Cargo Cults, Ghost Dance and the Mahdists are all example of these type of movements, which were at different times noble or peaceful, ***** which were *****ten violent, typically rash and foolish or fanatic, frequently self destructive, some***** for and sometimes against the Europeans, which took the form of a lit*****ny of doom as they all ***** defeated finally.

***** Rebellion

***** Taiping Rebellion is considered as the most influential of all such millenarian movements which evolved as a result of the dominance of ***** west (except the Bolsheviks), reaching ***** peak ***** the Chinese tradition of ***** 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 ***** the nineteenth century.2 These and other disasters were partially 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 ***** the cumulative effects of ***** military defeats at the hands 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 Rebellion, ***** 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

2. Michael, Franz. ***** Taiping Rebellion: History and Documents, vol. 2, Dosuments and Comments Seattle: University of Washington Press, (1971) p.23.

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

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

Inspired ***** **********, Taiping Heavenly Kingdom ***** China was a millen*****rian


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