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Taiping Rebellion vs. Boxer Rebellion


The last two centuries are considered as the golden age of millenarianism in ***** 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 considered as better than ***** old ***** which existed and was brought about by overthrowing the powerful. The reason is simple. As the sociologists and historians of ***** ***** 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 ********** unpleasant life earlier.

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

***** Rebellion

***** Taiping Rebellion is considered ***** the most influential ***** all such millenarian movements which evolved as a ***** of ***** dominance of the west (except the Bolsheviks), reaching ***** peak of the Chinese tradition of millenarian revolts that is nearly 2000 years old (except ***** Maoists).1 China had alarming problems of varying heights by natural calamities inclusive of floods, droughts ***** famines during the mid ***** the nineteenth century.2 These and other disasters were parti*****y due to the neglect of ***** government in public works, and to alleviate the misery caused ***** them which was widespread the Qing administration did absolutely nothing.3 There was ***** unrest, in the south, as a result of 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 ***** to be conquered by the ***** conquerors.4 All these promoted the background for the Taiping Rebellion, 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

2. Michael, Franz. The Taiping *****: History ***** 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 ***** a Christian China 1836-1864" Baylor University Press, (*****) p.53

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


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