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Taiping rebellion significance

Matthew White. So I won't say the Taiping had it easy but their opponents were in a pretty terrible state. The Taiping Rebellion was a grass-roots rebellion fought by ordinary peasants and not by trained armies. With more than Puritanical strictness, they waged an internecine war with the most dearly cherished sensual habits of their countrymen. He clashed with Yang Xiuqing, who challenged his often impractical policies, and became suspicious of Yang's ambitions, his extensive network of spies and his claims of authority when "speaking as God". The nineteenth century saw an enormous increase in the number of uprisings and they posed a serious challenge to a state weakened by demographic disasters and foreign encroachment. One of these, the channeler Yang Xiuqing, claimed that God wanted Hong dead.

Hong Xiuquan - leader of the Taiping Rebellion. Acknowledgment: The consultant for this unit was Dr.

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The Manchus were seen as arrogant and venal despots who obstructed trade and hated foreigners Sweeping north through the fertile valley of the Yangtze River Chang Jiangthey reached the great eastern city of Nanjing. Hong believed Western governments sympathized with his movement and he tried to make overtures to them, but European forces eventually aided the Qing government in seizing back what the Taiping had conquered.

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Taiping combatants were nicknamed "Longhairs" because of their refusal to wear the queue. Many of their promised reforms, particularly land reforms were not carried through leading to unrest and disillusionment.

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He lived in luxury and had many women in his inner chamber, and often issued religious strictures. The Taiping Rebellion was a civil war in southern China waged against the ruling Manchu Qing dynasty. His former command center was surrounded by earthworks two meters high and meters long. There was a regional ingredient too, southern China had for centuries considered itself separate to the north, remembering with some nostalgia the prosperous days of the Southern Song dynasty. The quasi-Christian credo of Hong Xiuquan and the iconoclastic implementation of an alien creed, offended the Chinese. At the height of the campaign against the T'ai-p'ing rebels in , a detachment of the Anhui militia under the command of Miao P'ei-lin rebelled and laid siege to the city of Meng-ch'eng. The damaging defeats by the British in the opium wars were partially a cause of domestic instability, but also partially a consequence.

Now, the Yueh [Taiping] bandits steal some dregs of foreign barbarians and adhere to the religion of God; from their fake king and fake ministers down to the soldiers and menial servants, they address one another as brothers, alleging that only Heaven can be called father.

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