The Taiping Vision of a Christian China

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Encapsulating the themes of his 1996 book, "God's Chinese Son," Jonathan Spence, in this Edmondson Historical Lecture, interprets the social and political milieu of mid-nineteenth-century China that gave rise to the apocalyptic Taiping Rebellion. Here, Spence traces the events surrounding the life of Hong Xiuquan, the self-styled heavenly king who had learned through his encounter with Christian religious texts that he was not only a religious leader, but also "the younger brother of Jesus." Hong's rise to power in southern ...

The Taiping Vision of a Christian China 1998, Baylor University Press, Waco

ISBN-13: 9780918954664

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