Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War


      Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War
A gripping account of China s nineteenth century Taiping Rebellion, one of the largest civil wars in history Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom brims with unforgettable characters and vivid re creations of massive and often gruesome battles a sweeping yet intimate portrait of the conflict that shaped the fate of modern China The story begins in the early 1850s, the waning years of the Qing dynasty, when word spread of a major revolution brewing in the provinces, led by a failed civil servant who claimed to be the son of God and brother of Jesus The Taiping rebels drew their power from the poor and the disenfranchised, unleashing the ethnic rage of millions of Chinese against their Manchu rulers This homegrown movement seemed all but unstoppable until Britain and the United States stepped in and threw their support behind the Manchus after years of massive carnage, all opposition to Qing rule was effectively snuffed out for generations Stephen R Platt recounts these events in spellbinding detail, building his story on two fascinating characters with opposing visions for China s future the conservative Confucian scholar Zeng Guofan, an accidental general who emerged as the most influential military strategist in China s modern history and Hong Rengan, a brilliant Taiping leader whose grand vision of building a modern, industrial, and pro Western Chinese state ended in tragic failure This is an essential and enthralling history of the rise and fall of the movement that, a century and a half ago, might have launched China on an entirely different path into the modern world. Download Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War author Stephen R. Platt – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

Stephen R Platt is a professor of Chinese history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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  • Hardcover
  • 512 pages
  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War
  • Stephen R. Platt
  • English
  • 19 July 2018
  • 0307271730

10 thoughts on “ Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

  1. says:

    Why read Game of Thrones when you could be reading Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom Who is on the cast list A failed civil servant re invents himself as the younger brother of Jesus Christ, dressing in yellow silk robes and ruling his Heavenly Kingdom from the old imperial palace at Nanjing, promoting equality for women, renouncing opium and promising a Christian peace with the west.A gentle scholar who is so full of self doubt that he twice attempts suicide after failure in battle before beco Why read Game of Thrones when you could be reading Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom Who is on the cast list A failed civil servant re invents himself as the younger brother of Jesus Chr...

  2. says:

    This is an excellent narrative history of a war which has the contradiction of being the second bloodiest war in history some 20 MILLION dead , and yet being almost wholly forgotten to Western audiences The Chinese remember it, though THeir history tells stories of the Yangtse overflowing and choked with the swollen corpses of the dead.In narrative history style, Platt focuses on several of the major characters a Confucian scholar general who is the Qing Empire s last hope, British diplomat This is an excellent narrative history of a war which has the contradiction of being the second blo...

  3. says:

    I have a hard time knowing exactly how to review this book I enjoyed it a great deal the writing is solid and Platt tells the story of the latter portion of the Taiping civil war rebellion quite well He makes a strong case that the Taiping were close to toppling the Qing Dynasty and that the western powers sporadic interventions favoring the Qing may have made a critical difference That said, I ve also read J Spense s account of the conflict, God s Chinese Son, and with that backdrop, it I have a hard time knowing exactly how to review this book I enjoyed it a great deal the writing is solid and Platt tells the story of the latter portion of the Taiping civil war rebellion quite well He makes a strong case that the Taiping were close to toppling the Qing Dynasty and that the western powers sporadic interventions favoring the Qing may have made a critical difference That said, I ve also read J Spense s account of the conflict, God s Chinese Son, and with that backdrop, it s hard not to feel that Platt shaded his emphasis to favor the rebels Reading Autumn, it s quite easy to come away with some degree of sympathy for their cause But that has a lot to do with the time period Platt chooses to focus upon He skips over the infighting that led to the slaughter of thousands within the movement And he begins the narrative by focusing on one particular Taiping leader who was less dogmatic...

  4. says:

    The Taiping civil war in China causedthan twenty million deaths, and featured larger than life figures warring over the fate of the most populous country on earth It s an inherently dramatic story that is almost unknown here in America I took a few East Asian history classes in college and I only know the basic narrative , and AUTUMN IN THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM is Stephen R Platt s attempt to create a clear, compelling popular history of the conflict for American readers.Platt s focus is pr The Taiping civil war in China causedthan twenty million deaths, and featured larger than life figures warring over the fate of the most populous country on earth It s an inherently dramatic story that is almost unknown here in America I took a few East Asian histor...

  5. says:

    A few months ago, I visited China, staying in Nanjing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou all foci during the long, devastating Taiping Civil War that took place between 1850 and 1864 When Westerners think of Nanjing, of course, it is the brutal Japanese occupation before and during WWII that springs to mind, but I soon became aware as I visited the city that there are successive layers of history, each of which affected later developments The Taiping era fascinates me, and since Nanjing was th A few months ago, I visited China, staying in Nanjing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou all foci during the long, devastating Taiping Civil War that took place between 1850 and 1864 When Westerners think of Nanjing, of course, it is the brutal Japanese occupation before and during WWII that springs to mind, but I soon became aware as I visited the city that there are successive layers of history, each of which affected later d...

  6. says:

    This is a narrative history about the Chinese civil war that left 20 million orpeople dead I had one huge problem with the book and you can see it easily by checking out the huge endorsement on the back cover The back of the book reads Stephen Platt brings to vivid life a pivotal chapter in China s historyThe Taiping Rebellion in the mid nineteenth century, which cost one of the greatest losses of life of any war in history Henry A Kissinger I was taken aback here because is He This is a narrative history about...

  7. says:

    I love it when a history book is entertaining, almost fiction like This has it all characters that run the gamut of archetypes, from meddling foreigners to wise Chinese leaders a racing plot with so many twists you ll never see coming and there is much action to hold attention, including an EXPLOSIVE climax.The Taiping Uprising Revolution Rebellion is a little known part of history that played out concurrently with the civil unrest that Europe was suffering during the 19th century, and was a I love it ...

  8. says:

    I listened to this book on tape Normally when I listen to books on tape, it is in order to have some background noise while I m doing something else If I really want to read a book, I read it But this book refused to be background noise and I was soon engrossed It is an absolutely gripping account of China s great civil war of the 19th century The author s most compelling twist is the laying out of just how bumbling, contradictory, and confused the British were in their handling of China du I listened to this book on tape Normally when I listen to books on tape, it is in order to have some background noise while I m doing something else If I really want to read a book, I read it But this book refused to be background noise and I was soon engrossed It is an absolutely gripping account of China s great civil war of the 19th centu...

  9. says:

    The Taiping Rebellion must be one of the most underrated wars historical happenings of the past two centuries I don t know how it is remembered in China, but I know it s virtually unknown in the US, despite the fact that around 20 30 million people died in the war upper estimates put the death toll as high as 85 million and it almost saw the installment of a Christian dynasty in China.It s too bad because the war, as this book makes clear, was really fascinating There are two main protagoni The Taiping Rebellion must be one of the most underrated wars historical happenings of the past two centuries I don t know how it is remembere...

  10. says:

    Brilliant account of the Taiping Rebellion 1850 1864 , China s catastrophic civil war that fatally crippled the Qing Dynasty, cemented Western dominance in the Orient and killed over 20,000,000 people Platt keeps western figures like Lord Elgin and Frederick Bruce on the sidelines Frederick Townsend Ward and Charles Gordon, often lionized as gallant adventurers, come off as unprincipled freebooters Platt s mainly interested in the Chinese protagonists Zeng Guofan, the scholar turned general Brilliant account of the Taiping Rebellion 1850 1864 , China s catastrophic civil war that fatally crippled the Qing Dynasty, cemented Western dominance in the Orient and killed over 20,000,000 people Platt keeps western figures like Lord Elgin and Frederick Bruce on the sidelines Frederick Townsend Ward and Charles Gordon, often lionized as gallant adventurers, come off as unprincipled freebooters Platt s mainly interested in the Chinese protagonists Zeng Guofan, the scholar turned general who restructured the Imperial Army from scratch Dowager Empress Cixi, a concubine accumulating power in the fractious Manchu court and Hong Xiuquan, the Taiping messiah who considered himself Jesus s brother Platt blends these personalities with a commendable account of ...

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