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Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War
 
 
Author
Stephen R. Platt.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780307271730
Pages/Publication Date 471/2012
Daedalus Item Code 40708
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One of the largest and most brutal civil wars in history, China's 18511864 Taiping Rebellion, was led by a failed civil servant who claimed to be the son of God and the brother of Jesus. Although the vast legions of rebels seemed likely to topple the Qing dynasty, Great Britain and America intervened and helped to maintain the Chinese government. In this history, Stephen Platt portrays the Taiping Civil War as a critical moment in China's history, one that set the nation's course for the 20th century.

"An upheaval that led to the deaths of 20 million, dwarfing the simultaneously fought American Civil War, deserves to be better known, and Platt accomplishes this with a superb history of a 19th-century China faced with internal disorder and predatory Western intrusions."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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