Chapter 1:
1900s
Chapter 2:
World War I
Chapter 3:
Communism and Fascism
Chapter 4:
1920s
Chapter 5:
1930s
Chapter 6:
World War II
Chapter 7:
1940s - 1960s
Chapter 8:
1970s - 1980s
Chapter 9:
1990s
Chapter 10:
21st Century

The Boxer Rebellion

Sean Conway
The primary author is the individual who drafted the first version of this section; a section that could have been modified since it was originally published.

Qing Dynasty

Before we can fully dive into the Boxer Rebellion, we must be aware of the time period. From 1616 until 1909 the Qing Dynasty ruled China. There were twelve different rulers during the course of the dynasty. As the Boxer Rebellion was taking place around 1900, China was ruled by Emperor Guangxu. Emperor Guangxu strongly disagreed with compromise and preferred to settle things over battle. He greatly contributed to the many altercations that China had from the late 1800s into the early 1900s.

Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists

The Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists was a group of people who did everything they could to get foreigners and Chinese Christians out of China. They would go around killing foreigners and destroying foreign property. The people became known as "Boxers" because they would perform special rituals that were thought to make them invincible. The Boxers thought that through these special rituals, they would be able to withstand bullets. From June to August in 1900, the Boxers besieged the foreign district of Peking (now called Bejing), China's capital, until an international force that included American troops subdued the uprising.

Chinese Christians

Christianity in China was a big part of what started the Boxer uprising. Many of these Christians were bandits located in Shandong, China. Christians were largely looked at as foreigners because they would try and spread their own beliefs. The Christians spreading their own beliefs lead to the Boxers grouping them in with other foreign people. Many of these Christians were killed during the time of the boxer rebellion.

Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer Rebellion can also be referred to as the Boxer Uprising. The Boxers were mainly protesting against Christian missionaries and foreigners. In 1900, the Boxer movement spread to the Peking area, where the Boxers killed Chinese Christians and Christian missionaries. Churches, railroad stations, and other property were destroyed by the Boxers. On 21 June 1900, one day after the Boxers began their siege of Peking, the Qing dynasty declared war on all countries that had had diplomatic ties in China. A force consisting of 20,000 troops from eight different nations was assembled to put a stop to the Boxers.

Boxer Protocol

The Boxer Rebellion officially ended with the signing of the Boxer Protocol on 7 September 1901 which prohibited China from importing arms for two years. The Chinese were also forced to agree to pay reparations in excess of $330 million. The Boxer Rebellion greatly weakened the Qing dynasty and China became a republic nation in 1912.

Works Consulted

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I used this website as a non English source. It shows views from a Russian perspective.

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This website shows a detailed account of one of the prisoners. It gave me a great perspective on the whole thing.

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This website was kind of an overview for the whole thing. Shows the beginning middle and the end.

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I used this site to show how China is set to become on the most Christian countries.

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This book helped showed me the events leading up to the Boxer Rebellion and how it started.

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This book really showed me how Russia reacted to the Boxer Rebellion.

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This website showed how the United States got involved in the issues with the Boxer rebellion.

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This site helped show me why the Qing dynasty came to a close.

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I used this website to show how and why the Boxers were created.

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I used this book to show me about the way China was in the early 1900s. It has some great information on the Boxers.






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