The Taiping Rebellion

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M.E. Sharpe, 2001 - Fiction - 713 pages
A major historical novel by one of Japan's most popular modern writers, The Taiping Rebellion vividly portrays one of the most compelling and horrifying stories of the nineteenth century, when a quasi-religious and social movement attempted to overthrow the Qing dynasty at a cost of millions of lives.

Using actual historical figures as characters (Hong Xiuquan, Feng Yunshan, Hu Linyi, Zuo Zongtang, Lin Zexu, and Zeng Guofan), Chin brilliantly offers, on a grand scale reminiscent of Herman Wouk, a panoramic view of countless battles and other historical events and fascinating, probing character studies. This is a book that all students of Chinese history and aficionados of the historical novel will want to read.

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Shunchin is a leading writer of historical fiction in Japan. He is the recipient of a number of distinguished Japanese literary awards and prizes.

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