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

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    I recommend this book because...

    It gives an unparrakled peek into late Ming China's socity. My only beef is a faint trace of anti-Westernism. It is very faint, not in your face condemning the greatest culture to grace Earth as is now fashionable. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

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    An excellent book. A little thin- as the author acknowledges- on

    An excellent book. A little thin- as the author acknowledges- on the origins of the Taiping revolt but well written and hard to put down. Highly recommended for anyone interested in 19th century China. Particularly good on English diplomacy and duplicity and the effect they had on the conflict. Civil war resulting from the Taiping revolt dwarfed the American Civil War in scope and destruction and this book should fill a void for people who aren't familiar with it.

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