The author of "A First Rate Tragedy" now presents a panoramic chronicle of the Boxer uprising and the ensuing siege of the foreign ministries in ...Show synopsisThe author of "A First Rate Tragedy" now presents a panoramic chronicle of the Boxer uprising and the ensuing siege of the foreign ministries in Peking and Tientsin during the summer of 1900, an event whose repercussions have echoed throughout the intervening 100 years. 55 illustrations. Maps.Hide synopsis
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The book, The Boxer Rebellion, is a great overview of this period of history. The story is well written and with lots of photographs to help understand what went on during this time.
Highly recommend to those seeking out information on this topic
The Boxer Rebellion was one of those "little" conflicts which unknowingly helped set the stage for another, much larger and longer war, the Chinese Revolution. The name "Rebellion" suggests that it was an uprising against the Chinese government. As Ms. Preston's book makes clear, the Dowager Empress was not at all the target of the violence. In fact, she supported it in varying degrees. Its focus were the Western nations who had grabbed concessions and ports from China, and were, to a large degree running the country, as well as the missionaries, who were seen as changing Chinese societal traditions.
Its a great story, which even manages a little suspense ( Will the relief column make it in time?), while giving a good look at both the Western and Chinese points of view. Preston does a little too much quoting from private journals and letters, perhaps, but it remains very readable.
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