Hakka Influence on the Taiping Rebellion

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Richard Bohr, History


The purpose of this project is to examine the concept of cultural/ethnic minority in China, specifically in the late imperial period. Focus will be placed on Hakka people during the formulation and execution of the Taiping Rebellion: a rebellion led by Hakka people that affected millions of people. An attempt will be made to explain the role of Hakka culture in the development of the Taiping political agenda, and how the Taiping ideology appealed to the average Hakka.

This thesis will contribute to the historical field by examining a topic heretofore largely ignored, specifically focusing on cultural/ethnic identity as a lens through which to bring new interpretations of the Taiping movement to light.

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