Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom

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  • Hardcover
  • 512 pages
  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom
  • Stephen R. Platt
  • English
  • 21 July 2018
  • 0307271730

Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom 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.

10 thoughts on “Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom

  1. Maru Kun 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 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 becoming the most powerful warlord in China.A lowly missionary s assistant who becomes the polygamous Sh...

  2. Hadrian 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...

  3. Daniel 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 p...

  4. Kay 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 developments The Taiping era fascinates me, and since Nanjing was the seat...

  5. Qmmayer 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 However, I ve also read J Spense s account of the conflict, God s Chinese Son, and with that backdrop, it s 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 However, 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 emph...

  6. Ladye 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 we...

  7. Thomas 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...

  8. Christopher Saunders 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 ...

  9. Jill says:

    Stephen Platt strikes the precise pace needed for the scope of this book On one hand, he clips along from siege to negotiation to media response, using an array of sources but mindful that most of us can t absorb 400 pages of meticulous detail He doesn t belabor any points, which is why this book remains gripping until the end.The points, however, are thoughtfully and deliberately made, and herein must lie the other reason Autumn has gotten so much attention Even at his pace, Platt never comp Stephen Platt strikes the precise pace needed for the scope of this book On one hand, he clips along from siege to negotiation to media response, using an array of sources but mindful that most of us can t absorb 400 pages of meticulous detail He doesn t belabor any points, which is why this book remains gripping until the end.The points, however, are thoughtfully and deliberately made, and herein must lie the other reason Autumn has gotten so much attention Even at his pace, Platt never compromises an opportunity for historical insight for the sake of the story he never presumes to turn the Taiping Rebellion into a rollicking yarn The translated accounts of all the military parties addressed are givenor less equal weight in the book, and the final conclusions are globally minded The last two chapters and epilogue are particularly arresting for anyone interested in colonization and the history of wester...

  10. Sahil Pandey says:

    The only backdrop I had coming to this book was this 2007 movie titled The Warlords starring Jet Li and Andy Lau Worth a watch In this movie there were flashing montages of a Jesus appearing in the middle a chinese civil war I was left scratching my head, but then took it to be some inside joke and thought nothing of it This book was sitting in my recommendation feed for a very long time but I couldn t bring myself to read it Mostly because I thought of it as some local scrimmage, some The only backdrop I had coming to this book was this 2007 movie titled The Warlords starring Jet Li and Andy Lau Worth a watch In this movie there were flashing montages of a Jesus appearing in the middle a chinese civil war I was left scratching my head, but then took it to be some inside joke...