God's Chinese Son: Hong Xiuquan and the Taiping War

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God's Chinese Son: Hong Xiuquan and the Taiping War

The Taiping War was a civil war between a Christian Millenarian movement and the Qing government between 1850 and 1864. One of the most  destructive conflicts of the 19th century, total casualties for the war may have reached as high as 30 million lives lost. It was a seismic event which shook Chinese civilization and changed the course of the Qing Dynasty. Who was Hong Xiuquan and why did he call himself Jesus' younger brother? How did a ragtag group of religious and social outcasts build a movement that nearly toppled an empire? What can the story of the Taiping War tell us about the relationship between religion, state, and society in China? 

Length: 60-90 minutes including Q&A

Cost: 1500 RMB

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