Red Turban Revolt

by Daniel Russ on June 3, 2010

Southern China Around The Time Of The Red Turban Revolt

It’s ironic and even a little funny that the Guardian Angels wore red hats to signify they were going to be a guiding force in law and order. Red seems to be a color that provokes or reflects this sentiment. Superman’s coat was the symbol of saving grace from pole to pole is the Red Cross. In mid 14th Century China, the Yuan Dynasty that Kublai Khan founded was degenerating into chaos and crime. The Mongols were blamed for the inefficient government and the ineffective and corrupt police force. The Red Turbans were a group of indigenous Chinese who looked at the Mongols as invaders and incompetent administrators. So the Red Turbans grew and organized themselves and became a disciplined force. The Red Turbans led a revolt under their leader Zhu Yuanzhang, and overthrew Nanjing’s existing government and eventually took over Southern China.

Eventually the leader of the Red Turbans established the Ming Dynasty. His armies struggled with the Mongols for another two decades until they finally pushed them back in 1388.

Zhu Yuanzhang, Leader Of The Red Turbans

Source: Battle. R.G. Grant, Covent Garden Books, 2000.

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Corsair8X June 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm

It seems now that red may be a bit of a dirty colour considering how in the last century it is associated with communist-based revolutions. Now the colour of peaceful change appears to be orange. At least in the last 10 years or so (maybe I should say *this* century?).

Daniel Russ June 9, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Orange? I thought it was Green

Corsair8X June 10, 2010 at 6:01 am

Green is strictly environmental. Think Ukraine and I think that even the thai movement was orange when it started out. Just to name a couple.

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