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Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom By Stephen R. Platt

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Stephen R. Platt's Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom tells the dramatic and disastrous story of the Taiping Rebellion: the bloodiest civil war in history.
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Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, The West and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War by Stephen R. Platt

In the early 1850s, during the waning years of the Qing dynasty, word spread of a major revolution brewing in the provinces. The leader of the this movement - who called themselves the Taiping - was Hong Xiuquan, a failed civil servant who claimed to be the son of God and the brother of Jesus Christ. As the revolt grew and battles raged across the empire, all signs pointed to a Taiping victory and to the inauguration of a modern, industrialized and pro-Western china. Soon, however, Britain and the United States threw their support behind the Qing, soon quashing the Taiping and rendering ineffective the years of bloodshed the revolution had endured. In Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Stephen Platt recounts the events of the rebellion and its suppression in spellbinding detail. It is an essential and enthralling history of the rise and fall of a movement that, a century and a half ago, might have launched China into the modern world.

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Knowledgeable, zestily written and utterly surprising. -- Thomas Quinn * Big Issue *
A refreshing and gripping account that illuminates how civil conflicts can suck in outsiders and why the West has had great difficulties in trying to maintain a facade of neutrality and protect its commercial interests at the same time... Powerful, dramatic and unforgettable. -- Minxin Pei * San Francisco Chronicle *
A marvellous account of a largely forgotten but major event. Combines great scholarship with a driving narrative and sharp characterisation. -- Jonathan Fenby, author of The Penguin History of Modern China

About Stephen R. Platt


Stephen R. Platt received his PhD in Chinese history at Yale and teaches Chinese history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His work has been supported by the Fulbright program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.

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GOR006704386
Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, The West and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War by Stephen R. Platt
Stephen R. Platt
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Atlantic Books
2012-07-01
512
0857897667
9780857897664
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