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Overview

A comprehensive look at the Boxer Rebellion of 1898-1900, a bloody uprising in north China against native Christians and foreign missionaries.

Columbia University Press

Winner of the 1997 American Historical Association John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History. Winner of the 1997 New England Historical Association Book Award

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Editorial Reviews

Asian Studies Review - Edmund S. K. Fung

An extraordinary book. It is breathtaking, bold in concept, innovative in methodology, provocative at times, and eminently readable.

History

The most adventurous writing on modern Chinese history currently available.

Asian Studies Review
An extraordinary book. It is breathtaking, bold in concept, innovative in methodology, provocative at times, and eminently readable.

— Edmund S. K. Fung

Jonathan Spence
Cohen pares the overlays of historical accounts of the Boxers down to their constituent parts as myth and lived experience. The book is eminently readable, ideally suited both to the general reader and to the college teacher seeking to deepen students´ understanding of the currents in modern Chinese history.
History
The most adventurous writing on modern Chinese history currently available.
Edmund S. K. Fung
History in Three Keys is an extraordinary book. It is breathtaking, bold in concept, innovative in methodology, provocative at times, and eminently readable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231106511
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 360,018
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Cohen is Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies and History at Wellesley College and an associate at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University. His publications include the award-winning Discovering History in China: American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past (Columbia).

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsPrefaceAcknowledgments

PART I. THE BOXERS AS EVENT

Prologue: The Historically Reconstructed Past1. The Boxer Uprising: A Narrative History

PART 2: THE BOXERS AS EXPERIENCE

Prologue: The Experience Past2. Drought and the Foreign Presence3. Mass Spirit Possession 4. Magic and Female Pollution 5. Rumor and Rumor Panic6. Death

PART 3: THE BOXERS AS MYTH

Prologue: The Mythologized Past7. The New Culture Movement and the Boxers8. Anti-Imperialism and the Recasting of the Boxer Myth9. The Cultural Revolution and the Boxers

ConclusionAbbreciationsNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex

Columbia University Press

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