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 Peking and Tientsin during the summer of 1900, an event whose repercussions have echoed throughout the intervening 100 years. 55 illustrations. Maps.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 Peking and Tientsin during the summer of 1900, an event whose repercussions have echoed throughout the intervening 100 years. 55 illustrations. Maps.Read Less
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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
May 13, 2010
The best overall history of this rebellion. Well illustrated with maps and photographs.Well worth reading!
Dec 24, 2009
Best History on China
The Boxer Rebellion is a history of China that Americans rarely know anything about. Details were so real. Kept you reading right up to the end of book.
May 12, 2007
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-05-22 One hundred years ago, China, led by a shadowy and highly militant sect called the Boxers, rose up in revolt against all manner of foreign presence and influence, forever altering China and its relationship with the outside world. In this vivid and thorough account, Oxford-trained historian and journalist Preston (A First-Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole) examines the Boxer Rebellion primarily from the perspective of the Western diplomats and missionaries who narrowly escaped massacre in Peking (as Beijing was then known), Tientsin and elsewhere in the summer of 1900. Drawing extensively on contemporaneous accounts by English and American defenders, Preston places readers inside Peking's barricaded diplomatic district. Detailing the beginning of the Boxer assault, she charts the reasons for the rebellion?the xenophobia, superstition, abject poverty and legitimate outrage at foreign attempts at domination that drove the rebels and their sympathizers in the Manchu court. With equal immediacy and concreteness, she describes the rebellion's progress: the brutal conditions confronted by Europeans (and the Chinese converts who were barricaded with them) during the bombardment; the long-delayed arrival of Western reinforcements just in the nick of time. Preston puzzles over why the Chinese besiegers, who outnumbered the defenders by perhaps 500 to 1, did not instantly overwhelm their opponents. Evidently, she concludes, even as fanatical a group as the Boxers did not truly wish a wholesale slaughter; still, tens of thousands died in the Boxer Rebellion, most of them Chinese converts to Western religions. Bringing this ordeal back from historical obscurity, Preston tells a riveting story about ordinary people placed under extreme pressure by events they could neither understand nor control. 10 pages photos not seen by PW. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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