By Istvan Toperczer, Don Greer, Ernesto Cumpian, David W. Smith
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30 There is no doubt that during the last phase of the rebellion, desperate Taiping soldiers increasingly used extreme violence to obtain food, captives, or valuables. ”31 Indeed, some Chinese historians have argued that the commander of the loyalist Xiang Army, Zeng Guofan, the chief architect of the Taipings’ downfall, pursued a deliberate scorched-earth policy to deny the Taipings vital supplies: “There is evidence that . . ”33 As a consequence of the violence and rapacity of the soldiery, 20 Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Asia a great number of rural inhabitants in western Jiangsu province either died of war, hunger, and epidemics or left for relatively safe places.
Thus, on the eve of the final attack, the city’s population had been reduced to some 30,000 from an estimated 900,000 in 1852. Yet for those who stayed behind, worse was to come. After the Taipings had been defeated, it was the turn of the Qing soldiers to go on a rampage, looting everything they could find and indiscriminately killing the remaining inhabitants. Even Zeng Guofan’s secretary, Zhao Liewen, alluded in his diary to the Xiang Army’s barbarous conduct after the fall of the Heavenly Capital: Those old Guangdong and Guangxi rebels who were let down over the city wall from all sides were innumerable.
12 As the above indicates, the worship was congregational, not individual. Nor was incense used. This was rather different from the established practices in Chinese temples. Indeed, most people found the entire Taiping religion very strange and took part in the services only because they were compelled to do so. At the same time the Taipings sought to change attitudes toward death. Funerals became much simpler affairs, thereby avoiding the often crippling expense expected in traditional burials.
Air War Over North Vietnam: The Vietnamese People's Air Force: 1949-1977 - Vietnam Studies Group Series (6075) by Istvan Toperczer, Don Greer, Ernesto Cumpian, David W. Smith