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what was the Taiping Rebellion?

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Taryn Coles

on 22 August 2013

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What was the Taiping Rebellion?
~The Taiping Rebellion was a significant moment in Chinese history because it was the establishment of a new country and was the downfall of the Qing dynasty.
~A large uprising in China from 1850-1864
~Rebellion of great peace
~Destroyed 17 provinces and
~Killed 20 million people.

What were the main causes of the Taiping Rebellion?
~ Hong Xiuquan, leader of rebellion, believed he was Jesus Christ's brother; God's son
~ Believed he was sent to earth to eradicate demons & form a Heavenly Kingdom
~ Wanted to out rule Qing government
~ Taiping Rebellion would eliminate arranged marriage, slavery, concubinage, opium smoking, foot binding & worship of idols

How did the lives of women change after the Taiping Rebellion?
~ foot binding introduced during Song Dynasty
~ considered 'inferior' with little society power
~ cooked, cleaned, sewed, cared for children & the elderly
~ only rarely they were able to invade men's space
~ unable to leave house/confined quarters
~ locked in houses from age 10-13

How and why was the Taiping Rebellion significant in the short and long term?
~Changed the way Chinese government functioned.
~Pushed into modern world by force.
~Most intense political, social and economic affects China has seen
~Played a significant role in the ending of Chinas isolation.
~Reaction against progress, change and against China.
~Continues to affect current events in China today.
~Transferred military power from Manchu gentry to Chinese war lords
~More power was given to local authorities.
~Qing dynasty officials tried to make changes, such as coal mines, factories, rail roads
~ Encouraged government to make modern weapons and ships

~The main cause of the Taiping Rebellion was Hong Xiuquan believing he was the brother of Jesus who was sent to earth to overthrow the Manchu government to rule the heavenly kingdom of peace.
~Important in the short and long term as it changed the way China was ruled and had great infrastructural benefits, such as new coal mines and roads.
~After the Taiping Rebellion, women were able to have an education and their lives were said to be equal to men's,
~ abolished foot binding- all feet unbound
~ able to get masculine jobs: -20 000 hired to dig ditches
-carrying rice, bricks, salt & water
- harvesting & planting seeds
-military jobs - fought against
Qing army
~ allowed to recieve education- children MUST attend school
~ equality with males

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