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God's Chinese Son - by Jonathan D Spence (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 432

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: Asia

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: China

Author: Jonathan D Spence

Language: English

TCIN: 77339722
UPC: 9780393315561
Item Number (DPCI): 247-41-0381

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Whether read for its powerful account of the largest uprising in human history, or for its foreshadowing of the terrible convulsions suffered by twentieth-century China, or for the narrative power of a great historian at his best, God's Chinese Son must be read. At the center of this history of China's Taiping rebellion (1845-64) stands Hong Xiuquan, a failed student of Confucian doctrine who ascends to heaven in a dream and meets his heavenly family: God, Mary, and his older brother, Jesus. He returns to earth charged to eradicate the "demon-devils," the alien Manchu rulers of China. His success carries him and his followers to the heavenly capital at Nanjing, where they rule a large part of south China for more than a decade. Their decline and fall, wrought by internal division and the unrelenting military pressures of the Manchus and the Western powers, carry them to a hell on earth. Twenty million Chinese are left dead.
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