WI: successful Taiping Rebellion?

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by oshron, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. oshron Emperor of Rplegacy

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    hey, all. just another possibility im exploring, specifically for Anglo-American Rivalry but possibly for Atlas as well. anyway, what does everyone think would happen had the Taiping Rebellion succeeded? would the Qing dynasty be completely overthrown rather than just weakened?
     
  2. Plumber Manifest Destiny inspired Lebensraum

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    It would be a Southern Chinese state at best. Basically a fanatical Christian Maoist state. It would be very interesting, in the Chinese sense...
     
  3. Dathi THorfinnsson Daði Þorfinnsson

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    Having a fanatical not-exactly-Christian ruling class over Buddhist/Daoist/whatever nation is not a recipe for success in the long run.
     
  4. LOTLOF Well-Known Member

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    But they were fervent nationalists who wanted to drive out American and European influence. Would they be see as the better choice? The lesser of two evils?
     
  5. Snake Featherston Banned

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    Getting this to work requires even more work than it takes to get the CSA to win the ACW. A LOT more work. Starting with the problem that the Taiping only actually controlled parts of a small area, that they faced ultimately the Qing *and* Europe and the first modern great Chinese general Zheng Guofan.
     
  6. Hawkeye Source?

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    It would be kind of like when the Communists took over China except in the 1860's. There would be a Cultural Revolution when the Taiping try to fundamentally change Chinese society into something more acceptable to their ideological views. Over time the first generation dies off and their successors give up and things pretty much go back to the status quo.
     
  7. eliphas8 Frankentrotsky

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    It would probably be a bigger deal internationally simply because the Taiping would likely begin to modernize China in their attempts at destroying the old Confucian order, if that is successful then the European powers are in for interesting times (in the chinese sense).