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God's Chinese Son, The story of Hong Xiuquan

and the Taiping Rebellion

 God's Chinese Son is a stunning work of historical scholarship -- an equal mixture of solid documentation, cogent argument and imaginative brilliance. Spence takes the historical biography form and uses it not only to illuminate a fascinating life, but also to turn that life into a window on his own rich, layered reconstruction of 19th-century China.

The World of a Tiny Insect: A Memoir of the

Taiping Rebellion and Its Aftermath

 "From the cry of a tiny insect, one can hear the sound of a vast world. . . ." So begins Zhang Daye's preface to The World of a Tiny Insect , his haunting memoir of war and its aftermath. In 1861, when China's devastating Taiping rebellion began, Zhang was seven years old. The Taiping rebel army occupied Shaoxing, his hometown, and for the next two years, he hid from Taiping soldiers, local bandits, and imperial troops and witnessed gruesome scenes of violence and death. He lost friends and family and nearly died himself from starvation, illness, and encounters with soldiers on rampages.Written thirty years later, The World of a Tiny Insect gives voice to this history. A rare premodern Chinese literary work depicting a child's perspective, Zhang's sophisticated text captures the macabre images, paranoia, and emotional excess that defined his wartime experience and echoed throughout his adult life.



Read the Ti-ping Tien-kwoh: The History

of the Ti-ping Revolution

(1866) by Augustus F. Lindley online at archive.org

 Published in 1866, this two-volume work is a passionate account of the momentous Taiping Rebellion of 1850-64, which spread across southern China, involving the death of around 20 million people. An English officer and supporter of the rebels, Augustus Frederick Lindley (1840-73) actively fought for them and believed devotedly in their cause. Led by Christian convert Hong Xiuquan, they rose up against the ruling Qing dynasty in an attempt to force social, commercial and religious reforms, but were eventually brutally crushed with the aid of British and French forces. Prior to his death at the age of only thirty-three, Lindley produced this accomplished work of historical exposition and anti-imperialism. Volume 2 focuses particularly on the actions and character of General Charles Gordon, whose forces were responsible for many atrocities, but who enjoyed great popularity in Britain. It also details the effects of the British government's Chinese policy.


First edition of

Ti-ping Tien-kwoh: The History

of the Ti-ping Revolution

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Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom : China,

the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

 Winner of the 2012 Cundill Prize in History A gripping account of China's nineteenth-century Taiping Rebellion, one of the largest civil wars in history. Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom brims with unforgettable characters and vivid re-creations of massive and often gruesome battles--a sweeping yet intimate portrait of the conflict that shaped the fate of modern China

The Taiping



 Jen Yu-Wen

One of the most detailed accounts

of the Taiping Rebellion . Profesor Jen spent 50 years

 investigating the Taiping history .


The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom:

Rebellion and

the Blasphemy of Empire

Prof Thomas Reilly's study of Hong Xiuquan’s interpretation of

Christianity connected the Taiping faith to an imperial

Chinese cultural and religious context


History of the insurrection in China by

Joseph-Marie Callery (1853) online at archive.org


Men-At-Arms book on Taiping Rebellion. Ian Heath examines

the organisation, dress and weapons of forces on both sides of

the Taiping Rebellion


The Devil Soldier: The American Soldier of

Fortune Who Became a God in China 

 An adventurer who became the first American mandarin, Frederick Townsend Ward won crucial victories for the Emperor of China during the Taiping Rebellion, history's bloodiest civil war. Carr's skills as historian and storyteller come to the fore in this thrilling account .

Intro to Twilight Of A Nation, HK tv

series about Taiping Reb on Youtube

Qing government troops vs Taiping  army

清军力战太平军   The Warlords  2007


 Flashman and the Dragon

Harry is dispatched to China to

report on the Taiping Rebellion

Cixi was quite the hottie in the 1860s







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