In 1900, China chose to take on imperialism by fighting a war with the world on the parched north China plain. This multi-disciplinary volume explores the causes behind what is now known as the Boxer war, examining its particular cruelties and its impact on China, foreign imperialism in China, and on the foreign imagination. The Boxers have often been represented as a force from China's past, resisting an enforced modernity. Here, expert contributors argue that this rebellion was instead a wholly modern resistance to globalizing power, representing new trends in modern China and in international relations. This volume will appeal to readers interested in modern Chinese, East Asian, and European history as well as the history of imperialism, colonialism, warfare, missionary work, and Christianity.
Robert Bickers is professor of history at the University of Bristol and co-director of the British Inter-University China Centre. R. G. Tiedemann is senior research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Christianity in China, King's College London.
Introduction Chapter 1: Village Politics and National Politics: The Boxer Movement in Central Shanxi Chapter 2: The Church Militant: Armed Conflicts between Christians and Boxers in North China Chapter 3: (A) Subaltern('s) Boxers: An Indian Soldier's Account of China and the World in 1900-1901 Chapter 4: Reporting the Taiyuan Massacre: Culture and Politics in the China War of 1900 Chapter 5: Looting and Its Discontents: Moral Discourse and the Plunder of Beijing 1900-1901 Chapter 6: Scandals of Empire: The Looting of North China and the Japanese Public Sphere Chapter 7: After the Fall: Tianjin under Foreign Occupation, 1900-1902 Chapter 8: The Boxer Rebellion and India: Globalizing Myths Chapter 9: The Boxer Uprising and British Foreign Policy: The End of Isolation Chapter 10: Humanizing the Boxers