The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China

The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China By David J. Silbey, The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China A concise history of an uprising that took down a three hundred year old dynasty and united the great powersThe year is and Western empires are locked in entanglements across the globe The Briti
  • Title: The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China
  • Author: David J. Silbey
  • ISBN: 9780809030750
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China By David J. Silbey, A concise history of an uprising that took down a three hundred year old dynasty and united the great powersThe year is 1900, and Western empires are locked in entanglements across the globe The British are losing a bitter war against the Boers while the German kaiser is busy building a vast new navy The United States is struggling to put down an insurgency in the SouthA concise history of an uprising that took down a three hundred year old dynasty and united the great powersThe year is 1900, and Western empires are locked in entanglements across the globe The British are losing a bitter war against the Boers while the German kaiser is busy building a vast new navy The United States is struggling to put down an insurgency in the South Pacific while the upstart imperialist Japan begins to make clear to neighboring Russia its territorial ambition In China, a perennial pawn in the Great Game, a mysterious group of superstitious peasants is launching attacks on the Western powers they fear are corrupting their country These ordinary Chinese called Boxers by the West because of their martial arts showmanship rise up seemingly out of nowhere Foreshadowing the insurgencies of our recent past, they lack a centralized leadership and instead tap into latent nationalism and deep economic frustration to build their army Many scholars brush off the Boxer Rebellion as an ill conceived and easily defeated revolt, but in The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China, the military historian David J Silbey shows just how close the Boxers came to beating back the combined might of the imperial powers Drawing on the diaries and letters of allied soldiers and diplomats, he paints a vivid portrait of the war Although their cause ended just as quickly as it began, the Boxers would inspire Chinese nationalists including a young Mao Zedong for decades to come.
    The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China By David J. Silbey, Boxer Rebellion Definition, Effects Causes HISTORY The Boxer Rebellion The Boxer Rebellion Scroll to top Boxer Rebellion Significance, Combatants, Facts The Boxer Rebellion was an uprising against foreigners that occurred in China about , begun by peasants but eventually supported by the government A Chinese secret society known as the Boxers embarked on a violent campaign to drive all foreigners from China Several countries sent troops to The Boxer Rebellion YouTube This is the Official Youtube Channel of The Boxer Rebellion Subscribe Now to be kept up to date with all Official Music Videos, Single Playlists, Album Playlists, Live Footage and The Boxer Rebellion Alpha History China s Boxer Rebellion of ThoughtCo The Boxer Rebellion,a bloody uprising in China at the turn of the th century against foreigners, is a relatively obscure historical event with far reaching consequences that nevertheless is often remembered because of its unusual name. Rebels The Boxer Rebellion Facing History and Ourselves The beginning of the Boxer Rebellion can be traced to the killing of two priests by two Boxer members visiting a German missionary in Juye County, China In response, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German leader at the time, dispatched German troops to the scene of the crime, which further angered the rebels.
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      David J Silbey teaches at Cornell University s Washington, D.C campus.

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    1. 3.5 starsTo the Victors Go the SpoilsChina, in the 1800 s, had suffered two Opium Wars which left her devastated and having to yield to the British, who forced upon her their trade of Opium the price they were willing to pay for all the tea in China c.1900 , many global powers were in conflict the Germans were fighting a genocidal war against the Hehe in German East Africa the British were losing a war against the Boers in South Africa the United States was struggling to suppress a Filipino insu [...]


    2. Over the course of the 19th century, China found itself facing the growing encroachment of their sovereignty by the Western powers With the government unable to respond effectively to the challenge of economic exploitation and missionary activity, a grassroots movement sprang up in the countryside as the century came to an end Dubbed the Boxers, they embodied the frustration that many Chinese felt with the privileges enjoyed by Westerners and Chinese converts to Christianity, which they expresse [...]


    3. This treatise on the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 in Shantung Province in northern China and in Peking is exceptionally well researched and told Silbey has written this book with keen understanding and the perceptive knack to engulf the audience deeply into his chronicle Of what I know of the Boxer Rebellion, I would suggest that this book is the most comprehensive and accurate of all other popular histories Of note, he engages us in the big pictures and leads us skillfully into minute details of ind [...]


    4. The Boxer Rebellion was actually short lived but resulted in changes that the boxers did not want.To me the most interesting aspect of the book was the attitude of the Western powers who felt entitled to ignore the will of the Chinese government and Chinese people and force them to allow businesses to move in, build railroads, set up trading zones.One example was when Britain started shipping opium from India to China China, concerned about he growing population of addicts, banned the drug Brita [...]



    5. the Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China is a mediocre book about an disappointingly mediocre subject Which is not to say that David Silbey is an awful writer or historian, he s simply working on a subject that in the long run of world history and importantly Chinese history was incredibly short lived and it s importance just as ephemeral The Boxers were a bizarrely amorphous, poorly organized, Luddite, reactionary movement that aimed to, in their own words, Support the Qing, exterminate [...]


    6. There are parts of this book I really liked.The initial introductions of the Boxers, players in the Chinese government, and foreign powers looking to carve up China was very interesting.As were the final 20 or so pages that looked into the historical legacy of what effect the grossly unfair Boxer treaty may have had on later generations Mao Zedong often cited the Boxers resisting foreign powers as an inspiration for his own revolution.It made me marvel at how shortsighted governments with imperi [...]


    7. The boxers were a sort of luddite xenophobe combo that rose up against foreign powers in China 1900 was a rough time for Chinese living in Shandong province There was a drought going on and coolies were losing their livelyhood to railroads being built throughout the country The word boxers come from the groups name which included the Chinese word for fist The boxers were not organized in any way, they did dress in a similar way and did exercises and began to intimidate Chinese Christians and for [...]


    8. Back in 2000, Diane Preston produced her disappointing drivel The Boxer Rebellion 12 years later I was excited to read another take on the work.We learn of the Boxers an organic disconnected group of anti foreigner, anti establishment peasants and the use that the dying Manchu used them The Boxers rose at a time of bad harvest With little to do on the farm and little to feed themselves, peasants throughout Northern China took to this boxer mystery the Righteous Harmony Society Through martial ar [...]


    9. This is a military history of the Boxer Rebellion in China and how the close the Boxers initially came to winning against the foreign forces in China in 1900 Their mission was to exterminate all foreigners in China and though their cause ended quickly, they inspired Chinese nationalism for years to come including Mao Zedong.Interesting FactsThe Boxers were a bottom up phenomenon No one controlled them from the top, so by sending a few people from village to village, town to town and city to city [...]


    10. Vivid and clear in its details of the military campaign and the forces which led to both the Boxer Rebellion and the, eventual, international victory The author makes the story both comprehensive and comprehensible It helps, perhaps, that Silbey comes from a background in US history and their campaigns in the Philippines as this allows him to take a less British centric approach and so give proper space to the Japanese, Russian, American and German forces and individuals On the other hand, that [...]


    11. Exploitation by European powers led Chinese populace to take furious action against western invaders in 1900 Initially loosely organized protesters called Boxers because of rituals that resembled fighters with boxing gloves harassed missionaries, railway workers and diplomats Prior to reading this book I d thought that the Boxer War had something to do with opium, but found that that was an earlier and different war Battles involving Chinese soldiers took place along the railroad line between Be [...]


    12. Lots of information on a subject I have long heard of but knew little about Silbey covers the sides and sets it into perspective Interesting but very dry This is of a text book on the subject with little of the passion of the people involved Many names with little or nothing of their background The common people are treated in the book as he says the British and Germans treated them like little children who aren t very bright The basic story of the Boxer Rebellion comes across but you would do [...]


    13. History is hard to reconstruct when there is scant documentation David Silbey s approach to writing this history relied heavily on diplomatic and military records, resulting in a book richly detailed on those topics The Boxer Rebellion was both rooted in and ended by foreign Western presences in China Silbey foreshadows future unhappy engagements with the West by noting the national and cultural humiliations exacted from the Chinese throughout the Rebellion.


    14. First off, I m supposed to declare that this was a free copy With that out of the way, I think the author is great I loved his engaging writing style, while keeping to the known facts and not over fictionalizing the telling of the story However, so much of the story was left out It seems that his only research came from the British and American records I would have loved to see what he could have done with some of the primary research from the Japanese and Russian contingencies.


    15. In 1900 European powers dominated China The country was struggling drought and the loss of jabs An organization that the Europeans called Boxers came on the scene shouting for the elimination of white control of China The author explores the the causes and conduct of the Boxer Rebellion and the siege of the European legations The only problem that I have with with book is sometimes the author treats the Catholic Church as not being Christian such as the Catholic church and Christians.


    16. Silbey does a great job describing one of the most forgotten conflicts in modern history The book describes in great detail the cause of the rebellion and the foreign response This book certainly should be required reading for one who desires to learn about The Boxer Rebellion and understand the foreign policies of the world s great imperial powers at the beginning of the 20th century.


    17. This book is not the easiest read, but does cover this important and first episode of 20th century history in a comprehensive manner The author provides his own views and theories in a subdued manner, so this is just not a rehash of other works.


    18. The take away from this book is, without a doubt, learning how challenging the fighting between the Western Powers and the Chinese Boxers really was, as well as how close the allies came on than one occasion of being defeated.


    19. This was an excellent book about an event often passed over in history Silbey has great insight into the motivations of the Boxers and of the many Imperial Powers vieing for control I am sure the Chinese have not overlooked this part of history.


    20. I read this book for my college history class, and the only reason why I read through the entirety of it was to pass my test.But honestlyI love history I really do But this friggin book was too much.


    21. Well written and clearly argued bookthor takes an interesting perspective on the issue of the Rebellion from a empire building perspective Thoroughly enjoyed it


    22. Readable, but doesn t seem to add anything beyond other general accounts other than a slightly higher emphasis on the Japanese involvement.


    23. Really informative, but not for everyone If you want to learn about the boxer rebellion this is the book for you.


    24. A serviceable and concise history of the Boxer a Rebellion Maybe there just isn t that much to write about, but this book felt a bit too concise.




    25. This is a straight forward and highly readable overview of the Boxer Rebellion, a little discussed chapter in World history I found it quite entertaining.



    26. A concise, informative book about an event that influenced Great Power rivalries in the years before World War I, along with Chinese nationalism and the Russo Japanese War.


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