>>518441 Because they were fucking ISIS? Hong Xiuquan was strict and zealous, abolishing private property, and strict seapration between the sexes. They also banned opium, gambling, tobacco, alcohol and fun in general, all punishable by death. Compared to the weak and pliable Qing, the Taiping were absolute madmen.
Not to mention it was probably very insulting to western Christians that somehow some NEET who fucked up his civil service exams is the older brother of Jesus Christ.
>>518441 War is bad for business. The Heavenly Kingdom threatened foreign markets with protectionist policies: >The rebels announced social reforms, including strict separation of the sexes, abolition of foot binding, land socialisation, and "suppression" of private trade. Basically, if the Taiping won, the west would have to completely redo all the favorable trade agreements they had with the Qing.
>>518441 The Christianity of the Taiping is by and large just an excuse: most everyone who joined up did so to get back at the Qing Dynasty.
This also meant "Getting back at those white barbarians who are supporting that failure of a Dynasty." Meaning they don't have any feeling of kinship with Whites even if they were Christian. You're talking about men who killed captured white officers.
They were also disciplined as fuck and had a real shot at the Dragon Throne had westerners not intervened.
>>518543 They call it the century of humiliation. To their credit, they have made it a cultural value not to dwell on it nor to play the victim in an attempt to score political points against other countries in the present. Basically the exact opposite of the oppression-olympics fad in pretty much the rest of the world. Combined with what they describe as 70 years of relative peace following the cultural revolution. They also see the cost and dangers of invasive military foreign policies. Basically, they've been doing everything right for almost the same about of time since the west started to do everything wrong.
>>518603 >To their credit, they have made it a cultural value not to dwell on it nor to play the victim in an attempt to score political points against other countries in the present.
This may be the stupidest thing I have ever read. Please go speak to some folks from the PRC before you your post on this topic here again. The government constantly crams "century of humiliation" propaganda down their throats from elementary school to college.
Source: fluent in Chinese and used to live there, directly enrolled in a chinese university for a time
I mostly agree with you on that matter (I'm not the previous poster). The ultra-nationalism they instill in people now really has them blaming Japan or the West or whatever they can for all of their woes. I do think there are still cultural values prevalent today regarding the whole "don't dwell on the past, make your own future" etc. kind of thing. I guess it depends on where you're from in China and where you grew up.
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