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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 the old ***** which existed and was brought about ***** 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 ***** unpleas*****t l*****e earlier.

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

***** Rebellion

***** Taiping Rebellion is ***** ***** the most influential of all ***** millenarian movements which evolved as a ***** of the dominance of the west (except the Bolsheviks), reaching ***** peak ***** the Chinese tradition of ***** 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 ***** 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 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 h*****s of the Westerners, economic tensions and anti-Manchu sentiments. South China w***** the first to be influenced by the Western dominance and the ***** to be conquered by the ***** conquerors.4 All these promoted the background for the Taiping *****, ***** largest revolt in the modern Ch*****ese history.

1. Jonathan D. Spence "God's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of 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.*****3.

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

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

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


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