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Taiping Rebellion vs. Boxer *****


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 of the system which existed. And the new system which evolved was considered as better than the old system which ***** and was brought about ***** overthrowing ***** powerful. The reason is simple. As the sociologists and historians ***** ***** ***** say, one does not become sensitive to such ideas simply being oppressed or miserable. But instead, these ideas develop from those of whose expected ***** traditional lives have been destroyed and disrupted, uprooted and rendered rootless, even if they were having an unpromising and unpleasant life earlier.

***** 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 were the areas where the thoughts of millenarianism had not been posed to. These areas ***** ***** influenced by the ***** ***** 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 ***** at different times noble or peaceful, ***** which were often violent, typically rash and foolish or fanatic, frequently self destructive, sometimes for and ***** against the Europeans, which *****ok the form of a litany of doom as they all were defeated finally.

***** Rebellion

The Taiping Rebellion is ***** ***** the most influential of all ***** millenarian movements which ***** as a ***** of the dominance of the west (except the Bolsheviks), reaching the peak of the Chinese tradition of millenarian revolts ***** is nearly 2000 years old (except the Maoists).1 China had alarming problems of varying heights by natural calamities inclusive of floods, droughts ***** famines during the mid ***** ***** nineteenth century.2 These and other dis*****ters were partially 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 ***** hands of the Westerners, economic tensions and anti-Manchu sentiments. South China ***** the first to be influenced ***** the Western dominance and the ***** to ***** conquered by the ***** 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. The Taiping *****: History ***** Documents, vol. 2, Dosuments and Comments Seattle: University of W*****hington Press, (1971) p.23.

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

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

***** ***** *****ity, ***** Heavenly Kingdom of China was a millen*****rian


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