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GOD'S CHINESE SON:THE TAIPING HEAVENLY KINGDOM OF HONG XIUQUAN
GOD'S CHINESE SONTHE TAIPING HEAVENLY KINGDOM OF HONG XIUQUAN Author:Jonathan D Spence From the books foreword: 'The story of Hong Xiuquan and his Taiping Heavenly Kingdom is as strange as any to be found in Chinese history. Born early in the ninetieth century to a South China farming family of modest means, and for a time employed as a village schoolteacher, Hong soon found himself caught up in the turbulent crosscurrents of West... more »ern ideas that were being introduced to China during his youth.... Some intersection of Hong's own mind and the pulse of the times led him to a literal understanding of elements ... so that the Christian texts he read convinced him that he was the younger brother of Jesus,'
The book is documented very well. It had extensive bibliography, illustrations, indexes, maps, charts etc. It reads easily by as recounted by this engaging author. This is one of many books on Chinese history by this long time China follower.« less