The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A name bestowed upon the followers of Hung Hsiû-ch`wan, a village schoolmaster of China, who, coming under the influence of Christian teaching, sought to subvert the religion and ruling dynasty of China; he himself was styled "Heavenly King," his reign "Kingdom of Heaven," and his dynasty "Tai-Ping" (Grand Peace); between 1851 and 1855 the rising assumed formidable dimensions, but from 1855 began to decline; the religious enthusiasm died away; foreign auxiliaries were called in, and under the leadership of Gordon (q. v .) the rebellion was stamped out by 1865.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Tai-Pings'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/t/tai-pings.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.