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Thinking Aloud
The Taiping Rebellion, 1851-1864, with Historian Jonathan Spence
Jonathan Spence is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University and author of seminal works about China. We took the opportunity of his visit to BYU as a forum speaker to interview him about his book titled "God's Chinese Son" ... an account of the Taiping Rebellion, which cost over 20 million lives. At about the same time Mormon Pioneers were making their journeys across North America as religious exiles, religious warriors guided by the ideas of Hong Xiuquan were sweeping over vast stretches of modern-day China in an epic struggle to establish a celestial kingdom on earth. The movement figures as the bloodiest civil war in recorded history.—Original airdate: 11/9/2006

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