The Boxers, China, and the World

The Boxers, China, and the World

by Robert Bickers, R. G. Tiedemann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742553957

ISBN-13: 9780742553958

Pub. Date: 07/12/2007

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

In 1900, China chose to take on imperialism by fighting a war with the world on the parched north China plain. This multidisciplinary volume explores the causes behind what is now known as the Boxer War, examining its particular cruelties and its impact on China, foreign imperialism in China, and on the foreign imagination. This war introduced the world to the

Overview

In 1900, China chose to take on imperialism by fighting a war with the world on the parched north China plain. This multidisciplinary volume explores the causes behind what is now known as the Boxer War, examining its particular cruelties and its impact on China, foreign imperialism in China, and on the foreign imagination. This war introduced the world to the "Boxers," the seemingly fanatical, violent xenophobes who, believing themselves invulnerable to foreign bullets, died in their thousands in front of foreign guns. But 1900 also saw the imperialism of the 1890s checked and the Qing rulers of China move to embark on a series of shattering reforms.

The Boxers have often been represented as a force from China's past, resisting an enforced modernity. Here, expert contributors argue that this rebellion was instead a wholly modern resistance to globalizing power, representing new trends in modern China and in international relations. The allied invasion of north China in late summer 1900 was the first multinational intervention in the name of "civilization," with the issues and attendant problems that have become all too familiar in the early twenty-first century. Indeed, understanding the Boxer rising and the Boxer war remains a pressing contemporary issue. This volume will appeal to readers interested in modern Chinese, East Asian, and European history as well as the history of imperialism, colonialism, warfare, missionary work, and Christianity.

Contributions by: C. A. Bayly, Lewis Bernstein, Robert Bickers, Paul A. Cohen, Henrietta Harrison, James L. Hevia, Ben Middleton, T. G. Otte, Roger R. Thompson, R. G. Tiedemann, and Anand A. Yang.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742553958
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/12/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Village Politics and National Politics: The Boxer Movement in Central Shanxi
Chapter 2: The Church Militant: Armed Conflicts between Christians and Boxers in North China
Chapter 3: (A) Subaltern('s) Boxers: An Indian Soldier's Account of China and the World in 1900–1901
Chapter 4: Reporting the Taiyuan Massacre: Culture and Politics in the China War of 1900
Chapter 5: Looting and Its Discontents: Moral Discourse and the Plunder of Beijing 1900–1901
Chapter 6: Scandals of Empire: The Looting of North China and the Japanese Public Sphere
Chapter 7: After the Fall: Tianjin under Foreign Occupation, 1900–1902
Chapter 8: The Boxer Rebellion and India: Globalizing Myths
Chapter 9: The Boxer Uprising and British Foreign Policy: The End of Isolation
Chapter 10: Humanizing the Boxers

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