Hong Xiuquan: The Taiping Rebellion

Hong Xiuquan: The Taiping Rebellion

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It’s one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. In 1851, the Taiping Rebellion exploded in Qing dynasty China, causing death on an unprecedented scale. Over 14 years of civil war, an estimated 20 million people died, more than were killed in the whole of WWI. It was, simply, the deadliest war of the nineteenth century, and it was all thanks to one man: Hong Xiuquan.

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Excellent podcast on the rebellion: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yqvqt
Good overview of Hong Xiuquan’s life: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hong-Xiuquan
(excellent resource on the rebellion’s formation and early years): https://www.facinghistory.org/nanjing-atrocities/nation-building/seeds-unrest-taiping-movement
(references to the famine and peasant uprising that started it all in 1851): https://www.thoughtco.com/what-was-the-taiping-rebellion-195606
(some good details on beliefs, including styles of dress): https://www.nytimes.com/1996/02/04/books/unheavenly-kingdom.html
Cannibalism: https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/portrait-of-a-bloody-siege
Mao and Taiping: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-09/03/content_371353.htm
Mao’s death toll: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/02/05/who-killed-more-hitler-stalin-or-mao/