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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 change in the exist*****g system, by means of overthrow of the system which existed. And the new ***** which evolved was considered as better than ***** old system which existed and was brought about by 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 of whose expected and traditional lives have been destroyed and disrupted, uprooted and rendered rootless, even if they were having an unpromising ********** unpleasant life earlier.

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

***** Rebellion

The Taiping Rebellion is considered ***** the most influential ***** all ***** millenarian movements which ***** as a ***** of ***** dominance of the west (except the Bolsheviks), reaching ***** peak of the Chinese tradition of ***** revolts that is nearly 2000 years old (except ***** Maoists).1 China had alarming problems of varying heights by natural calamities inclusive of floods, droughts and famines during the mid ***** ***** 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 ***** ***** cumulative effects of the military defeats at the hands of ***** Westerners, economic tensions and anti-Manchu sentiments. South China ***** the first to be influenced by the Western dominance and the l*****t to be conquered by the Qing conquerors.4 All these promoted the background for the Taiping *****, ***** 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 Re*****llion: History ***** Documents, vol. 2, Dosuments and Comments Seattle: University of Washington Press, (1971) p.23.

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

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

***** by Christianity, Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of China was a millen*****rian


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