Just remembered this recent Chinese movie The Warlords while re-reading a book about the incredibly violent and destructive Taiping uprising in China from 1845 to 1865. I think it’s probably the first movie ever produced that featured the Taiping too
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Above are some of the wallpapers depicting the main characters from this movie who attempted to better their own lives as well as those of their followers during this turbulent period of Chinese history by joining the Qing forces attempting to put down the Taiping insurrections (albeit for differing ideological and personal reasons).
Can’t say how historically accurate the Taiping and Qing troops were represented in the movie though since the only illustrations of the Taiping I’ve seen come from Osprey’s Men-At-Arms 275 which offers an excellent if limited pictorial reference to the Taiping and their Qing (and later European) adversaries.
Most pictures of Qing military officers tend to depict men with brightly-coloured armour rather than the dour black armour worn by the leading men (Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro) in the movie.
The book that reminded me of The Warlords is God’s Chinese Son : The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan by Yale University professor Jonathan D. Spence which thankfully reads nothing like a typical bone-dry history book. Accounts of the organization and tactics of the Taiping armies, the internal politics and infighting amongst the Taiping Kings and of foreign mercenaries fighting for the Taiping (pages 237 to 241) make for some really interesting reading.
Chronicling the rise and fall of the enigmatic Taiping Heavenly Kingdom from Hong Xiuquan’s purported visions of God to the formation of the Taiping Heavenly Kindgom partially inspired by Christian values and the eventual defeat and execution of the remaining generals and Fu Tianhui heir to the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom by the Qing, this excellent book is a valuable addition to anyone interested in this strange period of history, more so when there are very few English books about the subject.
Download the wallpapers for The Warlords.
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