Origins of the Taiping Vision: Cross-Cultural Dimensions of a Chinese Rebellion

@article{Kuhn1977OriginsOT,
  title={Origins of the Taiping Vision: Cross-Cultural Dimensions of a Chinese Rebellion},
  author={Philip a. Kuhn},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  year={1977},
  volume={19},
  pages={350 - 366}
}
  • P. Kuhn
  • Published 1 July 1977
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
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