The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom: rebellion and the blasphemy of empire

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University of Washington Press, 2014 - History - 247 pages
Occupying much of Imperial China’s Yangzi River heartland and costing over twenty million lives, the Taiping Rebellion (1851–1864) was no ordinary peasant revolt. What most distinguished this dramatic upheaval from earlier rebellions was the Taiping faith of the rebels. Inspired by a Protestant missionary tract, the core of the Taiping faith focused on the belief that Shangdi, the high God of classical China, had chosen the Taiping leader, Hong Xiuquan, to establish his Heavenly Kingdom on Earth.

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Thomas H. Reilly is assistant professor of Chinese history and Asian studies at Pepperdine University.

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