The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 (2020)

The Boxer Rebellion The Dramatic Story of China s War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of Chinese peasants chafed against the foreign technologies and ideas that the imperialists introduced Then a new movement mystical materialistic and virulently anti Christian began to spread among the
  • Title: The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900
  • Author: Diana Preston
  • ISBN: 9780425180846
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chinese peasants chafed against the foreign technologies and ideas that the imperialists introduced Then a new movement mystical, materialistic, and virulently anti Christian began to spread among them like wildfire The foreigners laughed at the peasants martial arts routines and nicknamed them the Boxers never imagining that the group, with the backing of China s empChinese peasants chafed against the foreign technologies and ideas that the imperialists introduced Then a new movement mystical, materialistic, and virulently anti Christian began to spread among them like wildfire The foreigners laughed at the peasants martial arts routines and nicknamed them the Boxers never imagining that the group, with the backing of China s empress dowager, would soon terrorize the worldThis acclaimed account of the Boxer Rebellion, by an Oxford trained historian, is an important new addition to every shelf of high quality, highly accessible history.
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    1. Brisk unedifying Mystifying Overly interested in prurient detail.From June to mid August 1900 the staff of International legations to the Imperial court including 350 odd soldiers , at the time sheltering a number of Chinese converts to Christianity and the Catholic Cathedral in Beijing were besieged by possibly Boxers, possibly troops of the Imperial Chinese army,maybe both, until an international relief column of circa 20,000 soldiers, principally Japanese Russians but including American, Brit [...]

    2. This is a well written account of the Boxer Rebellion but as seen through the eyes of the Western participants only You will not find many Chinese accounts of the siege and fighting undertaken by the Boxers in this story.Having said that I still found this book a delight to read once it got into the actual siege and relief operations I found the first few chapters a bit slow but after that the narrative just flowed along with some great stories and accounts from the people who experienced this u [...]

    3. Picked up this book because I read Saints and Boxers and wanted background about the Boxer Rebellion.After finishing this book, I feel a bit frustrated Most of the book is from an European perspective, simply because people of that era were diarists and so there s a huge stockpile of first person written material from the Western perspective We get a lot of talk about the events leading up to the rebellion, what life was like in the legations when they were under siege, and the aftermath.What w [...]

    4. I first encountered the story of the Boxer Rebellion in a history book and a Once Upon a Time in China movie, the one where Jet Li was the lead actor Since I was a kid, I saw the movie as only about kung fu.When I read about the event years later, I realized that it was not fun at all.My take on this is, even though the Boxers were definitely no saints they murdered hundreds of foreigners and even Chinese Catholics and Protestants , most of the Western countries were no angels either This even [...]

    5. As a piece of scholarship, it s top notch The book presents both sides of the conflagration It shows how the European powers were preparing to divide up China and shows how justified the frustration and anger of the Chinese were It also shows how this anger was directed, wrongly, at relative innocents It shows the intrigue of the Chinese court between local courtiers and foreign ministers at the turn of the century It shows the last gasps of Imperialism and war as adventure before the First Worl [...]

    6. A very interesting day by day, blow by blow account of the 55 day siege of the Foreign Legations in Beijing and their relief by an international force in the summer of 1900 Drawn almost entirely from first hand accounts in diaries and letters or in memoirs published after the fact, it is primarily a Western account because they kept records and apparently Chinese accounts are scarce or nonexistent.The author tries to put the fanatically anti foreign Boxer Rising in context of 19th century missio [...]

    7. After reading Diana Preston s The Boxer Rebellion, I ve learned something about my taste in history books Full length books on relatively brief historical events tend to be filled with anecdotes I do not enjoy reading a book full of anecdotes A encyclopedia entry will suffice.This is a book admittedly telling only the Western side of the story Preston claims that Chinese historical accounts are rare A quick google search shows a few, so I m dubious of this claim Suffice it to speculate that a su [...]

    8. Pretty good, although entirely one sided If you want to know much of anything about the Chinese motivations or perspective on this event, this isn t the book where you will find that out.

    9. I should begin this review with an explanation it took me forever to finish this book I honestly have no idea why It s well written, interesting, but not notably difficult reading It doesn t seem like the sort of book that should have taken me a long time to read Admittedly, it is four hundred some odd pages, but that s no excuse I admit, I was partially distracted by reading through the Werewolf The Forsaken supplement Predators which, by the way, is excellent, and reinforces my believe that WT [...]

    10. The Boxer Rebellion by Diana Preston Berkley Books, 2000 is a tale of China flexing its muscles against foreigners in 1900 The Boxers were a sect of Chinese who had mass rituals boxing grounds, exercising, deep breathing, etc that while different are reminiscent of groups like Al Qaeda that form and train together to become a militaristic sort of assemblage The Boxers were not the elite of the country but of the common man farmers and peasants They formed in the countryside and spread to the ci [...]

    11. The Boxer Rebellion is important to understand, as it was a watershed event in Chinese history pitting the Qing Dynasty and its anti foreign quasi nationalist militia the Boxers , against the Europe, the United States and Japan Over the year which it occurred, Western and Japanese merchants, missionaries and dignitaries, and Chinese Christians in northern China were waylaid and killed by Boxer militia secretly supported by Dowager Empress Cixi Many of the Western and Japanese in China managed to [...]

    12. A fascinating piece of history,well told Diana Preston gives us enough background to dive into the story of foreigners under seige in China in 1900 without being pedantic She concentrates on the seige of the legation district in Peking but fills in information from the battle at the concessions in Tientsin, the seige of the Peitang Cathedral and the harassment and murder of missionaries in the countryside of northern China Ms Preston does a good job of using the words of the people involved to g [...]

    13. This was an amazing book, well written, well researched, Preston does a wicked job.And yet, it still took me forever to finish this book.I don t know why that happened, but it seemed like the further I got into it, the slower my reading became Perhaps that was to fully grasp what I was reading, but I have another theory The way Preston writes is in such a way as to drag out a small amount of time, but make it seem like it s longer If that makes any sense.I started to slow down in my reading beca [...]

    14. A history of the Boxer Rebellion A series of incidents that happened in 1900 Several foreign powers were in China with their missionaries, merchants and ne er do wells China was ruled by an aging and corrupt Ching dynasty, including the Empress Dowager who wielded absolute power An indigenous movement called the Boxers sprang up which was opposed to this foreign presence The Boxers, with the acquiescence of the government started attacking and killing foreigners.The main event occurred when the [...]

    15. A very readable account of a horrific event This book brings to mind several contemporary events First, the Iranian takeover of the U.S Embassasy in Tehran in 1979, echoed in 2011 by the invasion of the British embassy in Tehran Perhaps, these events are incomprehsible to me because I live in a wealthy, dominant culture Preston hints that the Empress Dowager might have felt threatened by internal unrest, and channeled that unrest onto the foreigners.Second, is the sectarian violence in India whe [...]

    16. A page turner Preston hits the ground running in the first chapter, and rarely lets the story flag As several reviewers have noted, this is not an academic history of the Rebellion, and it tends to concentrate on the uprisings in Peking and Tientsin The story also concentrates upon the Siege of the Legations embassies from the European perspective While this undoubtedly shortchanges the Boxers and Imperial Court, it does actually help the story maintain its hold upon the Western reader The actio [...]

    17. Well, I was hoping for a comprehensive, slightly academic, if readable, history of the Boxer Rebellion However, the title is misleading what it should be is something like What happened to the English speaking White People during the Boxer Rebellion In fact, the prologue deals mostly with what Western society was like at the beginning of the last century Ms Preston relies entirely on English language sources and the story is told from the point of view of those British and American people trappe [...]

    18. If you want to understand current Chinese attitudes toward foreigners, this book is an excellent place to start No, I m not predicting a violent uprising and siege, but today s complex and contradictory emotions were formed in the era during which the Boxer Rebellion took place.Several reviews have noted that the book is filled with fascinating anecdotes To me, the most telling was the Chinese soldiers, during a brief period of truce, selling rifles and ammunition to the besieged for 15 The Chin [...]

    19. Very thorough and well documented Covered the Boxer Rebellion from the earliest signs of its beginning through the bitter end.What struck me about this was the unfairness of it all Foreign powers divided China up in whatever way they felt like, and the Chinese leaders let it happen It was not wise for European nations to simply help themselves this was hardly the only case of such a thing Such as France s colonization of Algeria, Belgium s exploitation of the Congo, etc etc etc.China had so many [...]

    20. The Boxer Rebellion has been an aspect of Chinese history that has long interested me This book therefore immediately piqued my interest Despite interesting moments, I was somewhat underwhelmed by this book I was disappointed with Preston s scholarship that focused primarily on reporting from the foreign perspective almost exclusively This lack of balanced accounting of history detracted from the full story in my opinion The research she did however pulled from many sources so many voices did he [...]

    21. Written in a style similar to Giles Milton taking a specific historical event and portraying it with the help of contemporary diaries.Unfortunately it delivers a pretty one sided view of events due to the lack of contemporary journals on the Boxer side of the conflict.Really enjoyed the read Some moments when the Victorian attitudes of the Western powers including Russia and Japan in those days were hard to swallow Particularly their disregard for the lives of the Chinese converts in their care [...]

    22. I m a little torn on this book it s well written major bonus points for not throwing out untranslated French like many history books do , but the book has a major problem the author herself brings up on page 335 most of the available diaries and accounts were written by Westerners I don t think the author quotes a single non Western source it s great to have Western primary sources, of course, but having all the primary sources be Western diaries tilts the book, possibly fatally If you want the [...]

    23. When my colleagues in Beijing mentioned the war against China that the US had been involved in, and I couldn t remember it, I decided I had better learn a bit about it This book provides a good view into China in 1900, although from a distinctly western perspective The Boxer Rebellion as we call it, my Chinese friends were not familiar with the term Boxer is a singular episode in east west relations It seems to have been the moment that China was able to divert the western powers from carving t [...]

    24. This book is in many ways about the state of life under the siege, than really about the rebellion Though bookended with some information and perspective on the context from which the Boxers emerged, and some light condemnation of the Allied looting and reprisals that followed the siege, it mostly frames the activity of the Chinese as mysterious the activities of the white besieged are relatable and gripping Perhaps this is truly a function of the material that is verifiable and available i sim [...]

    25. Interesting book on the attempt in the summer of 1900 to throw out the foreign powers, including the United States , that were exploiting china It was aimed at turning back the clock to the time when china ruled itself without foreign interference The boxer movement had semi religious overtones seeing the bringing of Christianity as harmfull to Chinese culture I saw parallels to the ghost dance movement of the American Indians Both had religious aspects and were trying to restore their culture I [...]

    26. Great read on this pivotal moment in history You get a great glimpse the life and experience of the Westerners who lived or died through the experience.I was a little disappointed there was almost nothing from the Chinese side of the Boxer Rebellion, but I suppose that would be a different book.Still a good history read Besides personal experiences you get a picture of the decision making by the players on the ground as well as some of the interpersonal drama.

    27. China has been viewed by the western world in a very different light Red China and communistic Often China even seems to have a chip on the shoulder But this book gives an insight as to why China has every right to protect her sovereignty as no one came to China s defence in her plight On the contrary all the western nations were ready to carve a slice of the pie for themselves Good historical reading with a touch of empathy.

    28. I was a little disappointed Most of the book is an account of the Europeans and how they survived the siege If that is what you are looking for than this is a great book 5 stars However, it left me wanting from the Chinese perspective If you want that then read Three Keys, an excellent book on the Chinese side of the Boxer Rebellion.

    29. This was another book that was very interesting and also enriching in that you learn in great detail a very important part of Chinese history I really enjoy the way the book was structured and written and was very impressed with the depth the author covered.

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