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God's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan

God's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan - Jonathan D. Spence, David Lindroth Fascinating book about Hong Xiuquan who led the Taiping Rebellion. The importation and modification of Christian belief to meet Chinese dynastic philosophy is very interesting. In addition to the odd character of Hong himself is the anti-imperialist and anti-governmental viewpoints of the people presented. Hong's vision of a Chinese "Christian" empire is merely a vehicle used by the oppressed masses of Chinese to attempt a dynastic change to improve their lives.