Research Paper

The Taiping Rebellion: A Historical Overview

3 pages | 760 words

The Taiping Rebellion was a large-scale revolt against the Qing dynasty in China that lasted for over a decade from 1850 to 1864. The rebels were led by Hong Xiuquan, who believed that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ and that he had been sent to China to overthrow the Qing dynasty and establish a Christian kingdom. The rebellion started in Guangxi province in southern China but quickly spread to other parts of the country. At its peak, the Taiping rebel army controlled a territory that was roughly the size of Western Europe. This was a time of great political instability in China, as the Qing dynasty was weak and corrupt. As the rebel army advanced northwards, they gained support from many groups who were opposed to the Qing dynasty. These included secret religious societies, Hakka and Punti peasants, and even