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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 ***** which evolved was considered 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 ***** 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 ***** unpleas*****t life earlier.

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

Taiping Rebellion

***** Taiping Rebellion is considered as the most influential of all such millenarian movements which evolved as a result of ***** 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 ***** ***** nineteenth century.2 These and other dis*****ters were parti*****y due to the neglect of ***** 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 ***** of ***** cumulative effects of the military defeats at the hands of ***** 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 *****, ***** 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

*****. Michael, Franz. ***** Taiping Rebellion: History and Documents, vol. 2, Dosuments and Comments Seattle: University ***** Washington Press, (1971) p.*****3.

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

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

***** ***** *****ity, ***** Heavenly Kingdom of China was a millenarian


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