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God's Chinese Son : The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan
by Jonathan D. Spence




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Whether read for its powerful account of the largest uprising in human history, or for its foreshadowing of the terrible convulsions suffered by twentieth century China, or for the narrative power of a great historian at his best, God's Chinese Son must be read. At the center of this history of Chinas Taiping rebellion (1845 64) stands Hong Xiuquan, a failed student of Confucian doctrine who ascends to heaven in a dream and meets his heavenly family: God, Mary, and his older brother, Jesus. He returns to earth charged to eradicate the "demon devils," the alien Manchu rulers of China. His success carries him and his followers to the heavenly capital at Nanjing, where they rule a large part of south China for more than a decade. Their decline and fall, wrought by internal division and the unrelenting military pressures of the Manchus and the Western powers, carry them to a hell on earth. Twenty million Chinese are left dead.

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Whether read for its powerful account of the largest uprising in human history, or for its foreshadowing of the terrible convulsions suffered by twentieth century China, or for the narrative power of a great historian at his best, God's Chinese Son must be read. At the center of this history of Chinas Taiping rebellion (1845 64) stands Hong Xiuquan, a failed student of Confucian doctrine who ascends to heaven in a dream and meets his heavenly family: God, Mary, and his older brother, Jesus. He returns to earth charged to eradicate the "demon devils," the alien Manchu rulers of China. His success carries him and his followers to the heavenly capital at Nanjing, where they rule a large part of south China for more than a decade. Their decline and fall, wrought by internal division and the unrelenting military pressures of the Manchus and the Western powers, carry them to a hell on earth. Twenty million Chinese are left dead.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780393315561
  • ISBN-10: 0393315568
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: December 1996
  • Page Count: 432
  • Dimensions: 9.19 x 6.13 x 1.05 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.34 pounds


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