Taiping Rebellion

One of the deadliest conflicts in human history, this civil war in China during the Qing dynasty cost tens of millions of lives.  It resulted in widespread famine and was a major "push" factor in Chinese emigration--often through coercive indentured labor schemes--to other parts of the world.  It also involved a bizarre, millenarian cult, with a leader who claimed to be the brother of Jesus Christ.

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1850 to 1864