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God's Chinese Son by Jonathan D. Spence
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Jan 13, 2008

really liked it
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Recommended for: Readers interested in modern Chinese history
Read in September, 2006

In the early 1800s, Hong Huoxiu, a struggling Chinese scholar, had a strange dream, read some tracts in Chinese written by Christian missionaries, and became convinced that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ and his mission was to establish a Christian kingdom on Earth. The popular movement he led eventually cost over 20 million people their lives. Jona than Spence is a professor of history at Yale, but writes an accessible unacademic prose. A disturbing story of cultural collisions and misunderstandings.

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