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Legations: Claude Maxwell MacDonald Seymour Expedition: Sir Edward Seymour Gaselee Expedition: Alfred Gaselee Yevgeni Alekseyev Nikolai Linevich Fukushima Yasumasa Yamaguchi Motomi(ja:山口素臣) Adna Chaffee Emerson H. Liscum † Occupation Force: Alfred von Waldersee Russian Occupation of Manchuria: Aleksey Kuropatkin Mutual Protection of Southeast China: Yuan Shikai Prince Qing Li Hongzhang Ronglu Empress Dowager Cixi Li Bingheng Yuxian  Commander in Chief: Ronglu Hushenying: Zaiyi Tenacious Army: Nie Shicheng † Resolute Army: Ma Yukun (zh:馬玉崑) Song Qing Jiang Guiti Gansu
Army ( Gansu
Braves): Dong Fuxiang Ma Fulu † Ma Fuxiang Ma Fuxing Ma Haiyan † Ma Biao Yao Wang Boxers: Cao Futian  Zhang Decheng Ni Zanqing Zhu Hongdeng


Allied intervention forces in Peking: ≈50,255 in total

Seymour Expedition: – 2,100–2,188[1] Gaselee Expedition: – 18,000[1] China
Relief Expedition: – 2,500[2]

Russian troops in Manchuria: 100,000–200,000[3]

100,000–300,000 Boxers 100,000 Imperial troops[4]

Provincial Armies

Army (Kansu Braves) 甘軍 Gan jun – General Dong Fuxiang Tenacious Army 武毅軍 Wuyi jun – General Nie Shicheng Resolute Army 毅軍 Yi jun – General Song Qing (Qing dynasty), General Ma Yukun (zh:馬玉崑), General Jiang Guiti

Metropolitan Eight Banners

Centre Division of Guards Army 武衛軍 – Commander in Chief Ronglu Hushenying 虎神營 – Prince Zaiyi Peking Field Force – Prince Qing

Casualties and losses

2,500 foreign soldiers 2,000 Chinese Imperial troops[5] Unknown number of Boxers

32,000 Chinese Christians and 200 Western missionaries killed by Chinese Boxers in Northern China[6] Unknown number of civilians

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Boxer Rebellion

Siege of the International Legations Siege of Concessions in Tianjin First intervention Langfang Battle of the Taku Forts Taiyuan
massacre Tientsin Beicang Second intervention Yangcun Peking Beitang Shanhaiguan Manchuria

Boxer Protocol

Boxer Rebellion

Traditional Chinese 義和團運動

Simplified Chinese 义和团运动

Literal meaning Militia United in Righteousness Movement


Standard Mandarin

Hanyu Pinyin Yìhétuán Yùndòng

The Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion
(拳亂), Boxer Uprising or Yihetuan
Movement (義和團運動) was a violent anti-foreign, anti-colonial, and anti- Christian
uprising that took place in China
between 1899 and 1901, toward the end of the Qing dynasty. It was initiated by the Militia United in Righteousness (Yihetuan), known in English as the "Boxers", for many of their members had been practitioners of Chinese martial arts, also referred to in the west as "Chinese Boxing." They were motivated by proto-nationalist sentiments, and by opposition to Western colonialism and the Christian
missionary activity that was associated with it. The uprising took place against a background that included severe drought and disruption caused by the growth of foreign spheres of influence. After several months of growing violence, in Shandong
and the North China
North China
plain, against the both foreign and Christian
presence in June 1900, Boxer fighters, convinced they were invulnerable to foreign weapons, converged on Beijing
with the slogan "Support the Qing government and exterminate the foreigners." Foreigners and Chinese Christians sought refuge in the Legation Quarter. In response to reports of an armed invasion to lift the siege, the initially hesitant Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
supported the Boxers and on June 21 issued an Imperial Decree declaring war on the foreign powers. Diplomats, foreign civilians and soldiers as well as Chinese Christians in the Legation Quarter were placed under siege by the Imperial Army of China
and the Boxers for 55 days. Chinese officialdom was split between those supporting the Boxers and those favoring conciliation, led by Prince Qing. The supreme commander of the Chinese forces, the Manchu General Ronglu
(Junglu), later claimed that he acted to protect the besieged foreigners. The Eight-Nation Alliance, after being initially turned back, brought 20,000 armed troops to China, defeated the Imperial Army, and arrived at Peking on August 14, relieving the siege of the Legations. Uncontrolled plunder of the capital and the surrounding countryside ensued, along with the summary execution of those suspected of being Boxers. The Boxer Protocol
Boxer Protocol
of 7 September 1901 provided for the execution of government officials who had supported the Boxers, provisions for foreign troops to be stationed in Beijing, and 450 million taels of silver—approximately $10 billion at 2018 silver prices and more than the government's annual tax revenue—to be paid as indemnity over the course of the next thirty-nine years to the eight nations involved. The Empress Dowager then sponsored a set of institutional and fiscal changes in an attempt to save the Dynasty by reforming it, but reform occurred too slowly to avert its inevitable end.


1 Historical background

1.1 Origins of the Boxers 1.2 Causes of conflict and unrest

2 Boxer War

2.1 Intensifying crisis 2.2 Seymour Expedition 2.3 Conflicting attitudes within the Qing imperial court 2.4 Siege of the Beijing
legations 2.5 Officials and commanders at cross purposes 2.6 Gaselee Expedition 2.7 Evacuation of the Qing imperial court from Beijing
to Xi'an

3 Russian invasion of Manchuria 4 Massacre of missionaries and Chinese Christians 5 Aftermath

5.1 Occupation, looting and atrocities 5.2 Reparations

6 Long-term consequences 7 Controversies and changing views of the Boxers 8 Terminology 9 Later representations 10 See also 11 References

11.1 Citations 11.2 Sources

12 Further reading

12.1 General accounts and analysis 12.2 Missionary experience and personal accounts 12.3 Allied intervention, the Boxer War, and the aftermath 12.4 Contemporary accounts and sources

13 External links

Historical background[edit] Origins of the Boxers[edit]

Model of a Boxer, armed with a spear and sword. Model by George S. Stuart

Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion
and Eight-Nation Alliance, China

The Righteous and Harmonious Fists (Yihequan) arose in the inland sections of the northern coastal province of Shandong, long known for social unrest, religious sects, and martial societies. American Christian
missionaries were probably the first to refer to the well-trained, athletic young men as "Boxers", because of the martial arts and weapons training they practiced. Their primary practice was a type of spiritual possession which involved the whirling of swords, violent prostrations, and chanting incantations to deities.[7] The opportunities to fight back Western encroachment and colonization were especially attractive to unemployed village men, many of whom were teenagers.[8] The tradition of possession and invulnerability went back several hundred years but took on special meaning against the powerful new weapons of the West.[9] The Boxers, armed with rifles and swords, claimed supernatural invulnerability towards blows of cannon, rifle shots, and knife attacks. Furthermore, the Boxer groups popularly claimed that millions of soldiers of Heaven would descend to assist them in purifying China
of foreign oppression.[10] These beliefs are characteristic of millenarian movements of nativist resistance, especially the characteristic magical belief, shared by the Ghost Dancers of North America and the Kartelite Cults of Africa, that the believer could be rendered invulnerable to bullets.[11] In 1895, in spite of ambivalence toward their heterodox practices, Yuxian, a Manchu who was then prefect of Caozhou and would later become provincial governor, used the Big Swords Society in fighting bandits. The Big Swords, emboldened by this official support, also attacked their local Catholic village rivals, who turned to the Church for protection. The Big Swords responded by attacking Catholic churches and burning them. "The line between Christians and bandits", remarks one recent historian, "became increasingly indistinct." As a result of diplomatic pressure in the capital, Yuxian executed several Big Sword leaders, but did not punish anyone else. More martial secret societies started emerging after this.[12]

A Boxer during the revolt

The early years saw a variety of village activities, not a broad movement with a united purpose. Martial folk religious societies such as the Baguadao
(Eight Trigrams) prepared the way for the Boxers. Like the Red Boxing school or the Plum Flower Boxers, the Boxers of Shandong
were more concerned with traditional social and moral values, such as filial piety, than with foreign influences. One leader, Zhu Hongdeng (Red Lantern Zhu), started as a wandering healer, specializing in skin ulcers, and gained wide respect by refusing payment for his treatments.[13] Zhu claimed descent from Ming dynasty emperors, since his surname was the surname of the Ming imperial family. He announced that his goal was to "Revive the Qing and destroy the foreigners" ("扶清灭洋 fu Qing mie yang").[14] Causes of conflict and unrest[edit] The combination of extreme weather conditions, Western attempts at colonizing China
and growing anti-imperialist sentiment fueled the movement. First, a drought followed by floods in Shandong
province in 1897–1898 forced farmers to flee to cities and seek food. As one observer said, "I am convinced that a few days' heavy rainfall to terminate the long-continued drought ... would do more to restore tranquility than any measures which either the Chinese government or foreign governments can take."[15]

A French political cartoon depicting China
as a pie about to be carved up by Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
(Britain), Kaiser
Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II
(Germany), Tsar Nicholas II (Russia), Marianne
(France) and a samurai (Japan), while a Chinese mandarin helplessly looks on.

A major cause of discontent in north China
was missionary activity. The Treaty of Tientsin
Treaty of Tientsin
(or Tianjin) and the Convention of Peking, signed in 1860 after the Second Opium War, had granted foreign missionaries the freedom to preach anywhere in China
and to buy land on which to build churches.[16] On 1 November 1897, a band of armed men who were perhaps members of the Big Swords Society stormed the residence of a German missionary from the Society of the Divine Word and killed two priests. This attack is known as the Juye Incident. When Kaiser
Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II
received news of these murders, he dispatched the German East Asia Squadron
German East Asia Squadron
to occupy Jiaozhou Bay
Jiaozhou Bay
on the southern coast of the Shandong
peninsula. [17] Germany's action triggered a "scramble for concessions" by which Britain, France, Russia
and Japan also secured their own sphere of influence in China.[18] In October 1898, a group of Boxers attacked the Christian
community of Liyuantun village where a temple to the Jade Emperor
Jade Emperor
had been converted into a Catholic church. Disputes had surrounded the church since 1869, when the temple had been granted to the Christian residents of the village. This incident marked the first time the Boxers used the slogan "Support the Qing, destroy the foreigners" ("扶清灭洋 fu Qing mie yang") that would later characterise them.[19] The "Boxers" called themselves the "Militia United in Righteousness" for the first time one year later, at the Battle of Senluo Temple (October 1899), a clash between Boxers and Qing government troops.[20] By using the word "Militia" rather than "Boxers", they distanced themselves from forbidden martial arts sects, and tried to give their movement the legitimacy of a group that defended orthodoxy.[21] Aggression toward missionaries and Christians drew the ire of foreign (mainly European) governments.[22] In 1899, the French minister in Beijing
helped the missionaries to obtain an edict granting official status to every order in the Roman Catholic hierarchy, enabling local priests to support their people in legal or family disputes and bypass the local officials. After the German government took over Shandong many Chinese feared that the foreign missionaries and quite possibly all Christian
activities were imperialist attempts at "carving the melon", i.e., to divide and colonize China
piece by piece.[23] A Chinese official expressed the animosity towards foreigners succinctly, "Take away your missionaries and your opium and you will be welcome."[24] The early growth of the Boxer movement coincided with the Hundred Days' Reform (11 June – 21 September 1898). Progressive Chinese officials, with support from Protestant missionaries, persuaded the Guangxu Emperor
Guangxu Emperor
to institute reforms which alienated many conservative officials by their sweeping nature. Such opposition from conservative officials led Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
to intervene and reverse the reforms. The failure of the reform movement disillusioned many educated Chinese and thus further weakened the Qing government. After the reforms ended, the conservative Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
seized power and placed the reformist Guangxu Emperor
Guangxu Emperor
under house arrest. The national crisis was widely seen as being caused by foreign aggression.[25] Foreign powers had defeated China
in several wars, forced a right to promote Christianity and imposed unequal treaties under which foreigners and foreign companies in China
were accorded special privileges, extraterritorial rights and immunities from Chinese law, causing resentment among the Chinese. France, Japan, Russia
and Germany carved out spheres of influence, so that by 1900 it appeared that China
would likely be dismembered, with foreign powers each ruling a part of the country. Thus, by 1900, the Qing dynasty, which had ruled China
for more than two centuries, was crumbling and Chinese culture was under assault by powerful and unfamiliar religions and secular cultures.[26] Boxer War[edit] Intensifying crisis[edit]

Chinese Muslim troops from Gansu, also known as the Gansu
Braves, killed a Japanese diplomat on 11 June 1900. Foreigners called them the "10,000 Islamic rabble."[27]

In January 1900, with a majority of conservatives in the imperial court, Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
changed her Boxers, and issued edicts in their defence, causing protests from foreign powers. In spring 1900, the Boxer movement spread rapidly north from Shandong
into the countryside near Beijing. Boxers burned Christian
churches, killed Chinese Christians and intimidated Chinese officials who stood in their way. American Minister Edwin H. Conger
Edwin H. Conger
cabled Washington, "the whole country is swarming with hungry, discontented, hopeless idlers." On 30 May the diplomats, led by British Minister Claude Maxwell MacDonald, requested that foreign soldiers come to Beijing
to defend the legations. The Chinese government reluctantly acquiesced, and the next day an multinational force of 435 navy troops from eight countries disembarked from warships and travelled by train from Dagu (Taku) to Beijing. They set up defensive perimeters around their respective missions.[28] On 5 June, the railway line to Tianjin
was cut by Boxers in the countryside and Beijing
was isolated. On 11 June, at Yongding gate, the secretary of the Japanese legation, Sugiyama Akira, was attacked and killed by the soldiers of general Dong Fuxiang, who were guarding the southern part of the Beijing
walled city.[29] Armed with Mauser rifles but wearing traditional uniforms,[30] Dong's troops had threatened the foreign Legations in the fall of 1898 soon after arriving in Beijing,[31] so much that troops from the United States Marine Corps had been called to Beijing
to guard the legations.[32] The German Kaiser
Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II
was so alarmed by the Chinese Muslim troops that he requested the Caliph
Abdul Hamid II
Abdul Hamid II
of the Ottoman Empire to find a way to stop the Muslim troops from fighting. The Caliph
agreed to the Kaiser's request and sent Enver Pasha
Enver Pasha
(not the future Young Turk leader) to China
in 1901, but the rebellion was over by that time.[33] Also on 11 June, the first Boxer, dressed in his finery, was seen in the Legation Quarter. The German Minister, Clemens von Ketteler, and German soldiers captured a Boxer boy and inexplicably executed him.[34] In response, thousands of Boxers burst into the walled city of Beijing
that afternoon and burned many of the Christian
churches and cathedrals in the city, burning some victims alive.[35] American and British missionaries had taken refuge in the Methodist Mission and an attack there was repulsed by American Marines. The soldiers at the British Embassy and German Legations shot and killed several Boxers,[36] alienating the Chinese population of the city and nudging the Qing government toward support of the Boxers. The Muslim Gansu
braves and Boxers, along with other Chinese then attacked and killed Chinese Christians around the legations in revenge for foreign attacks on Chinese.[37] Seymour Expedition[edit] Main article: Seymour Expedition

Japanese marines who served in the Seymour Expedition

As the situation grew more violent, a second multinational force of 2,000 sailors and marines under the command of the British Vice-Admiral Edward Seymour, the largest contingent being British, was dispatched from Dagu to Beijing
on 10 June 1900. The troops were transported by train from Dagu to Tianjin
with the agreement of the Chinese government, but the railway between Tianjin
and Beijing
had been severed. Seymour resolved to move forward and repair the railway, or progress on foot if necessary, keeping in mind that the distance between Tianjin
and Beijing
was only 120 km. When Seymour left Tianjin
and started toward Beijing, it angered the imperial court. As a result, the pro-Boxer Manchu Prince Duan became leader of the Zongli Yamen
Zongli Yamen
(foreign office), replacing Prince Qing. Prince Duan was a member of the imperial Aisin Gioro
Aisin Gioro
clan (foreigners called him a "Blood Royal"), and Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
had named her son as next in line for the imperial throne. He became the effective leader of the Boxers, and was extremely anti-foreigner. He soon ordered the Qing imperial army to attack the foreign forces. Confused by conflicting orders from Beijing, General Nie Shicheng
Nie Shicheng
let Seymour's army pass by in their trains.[38]

Admiral Seymour returning to Tianjin
with his wounded men on 26 June

After leaving Tianjin, the convoy quickly reached Langfang, but found the railway there to be destroyed. Seymour's engineers tried to repair the line, but the allied army found itself surrounded, as the railway both behind and in front of them had been destroyed. They were attacked from all parts by Chinese irregulars and Chinese governmental troops. Five thousand of Dong Fuxiang's " Gansu
Braves" and an unknown number of "Boxers" won a costly but major victory over Seymour's troops at the Battle of Langfang
Battle of Langfang
on 18 June.[39][40] As the allied European army retreated from Langfang, they were constantly fired upon by cavalry, and artillery bombarded their positions. It was reported that the Chinese artillery was superior to the European artillery, since the Europeans did not bother to bring along much for the campaign, thinking they could easily sweep through Chinese resistance. The Europeans could not locate the Chinese artillery, which was raining shells upon their positions.[41] Mining, engineering, flooding and simultaneous attacks were employed by Chinese troops. The Chinese also employed pincer movements, ambushes and sniper tactics with some success against the foreigners.[42]

Italian mounted infantry near Tientsin in 1900

News arrived on 18 June regarding attacks on foreign legations. Seymour decided to continue advancing, this time along the Beihe river, toward Tongzhou, 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Beijing. By the 19th, they had to abandon their efforts due to progressively stiffening resistance and started to retreat southward along the river with over 200 wounded. Commandeering four civilian Chinese junks along the river, they loaded all their wounded and remaining supplies onto them and pulled them along with ropes from the riverbanks. By this point they were very low on food, ammunition and medical supplies. Unexpectedly they then happened upon the Great Xigu Arsenal, a hidden Qing munitions cache of which the Allied Powers had had no knowledge until then. They immediately captured and occupied it, discovering not only Krupp
field guns, but rifles with millions of rounds of ammunition, along with millions of pounds of rice and ample medical supplies. There they dug in and awaited rescue. A Chinese servant was able to infiltrate through the Boxer and Qing lines, informing the Eight Powers of the Seymour troops' predicament. Surrounded and attacked nearly around the clock by Qing troops and Boxers, they were at the point of being overrun. On 25 June, a regiment composed of 1,800 men (900 Russian troops from Port Arthur, 500 British seamen, with an ad hoc mix of other assorted Alliance troops) finally arrived on foot from Tientsin to rescue Seymour. Spiking the mounted field guns and setting fire to any munitions that they could not take (an estimated £3 million worth), Seymour, his force, and the rescue mission marched back to Tientsin, unopposed, on 26 June. Seymour's casualties during the expedition were 62 killed and 228 wounded.[43] Conflicting attitudes within the Qing imperial court[edit]

Qing imperial soldiers during the Boxer Rebellion

Meanwhile, in Beijing, on 16 June, Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
summoned the imperial court for a mass audience and addressed the choices between using the Boxers to evict the foreigners from the city or seeking a diplomatic solution. In response to a high official who doubted the efficacy of the Boxers' magic, Cixi replied: Both sides of the debate at the imperial court realised that popular support for the Boxers in the countryside was almost universal and that suppression would be both difficult and unpopular, especially when foreign troops were on the march.[44][45] Two factions were active during this debate. On one side were anti-foreigners who viewed foreigners as invasive and imperialistic and evoked a nativist populism. They advocated taking advantage of the Boxers to achieve the expulsion of foreign troops and foreign influences. The pro-foreigners on the other hand advanced rapprochement with foreign governments, seeing the Boxers as superstitious and ignorant.[citation needed] The event that tilted the Qing imperial government irrevocably toward support of the Boxers and war with the foreign powers was the attack of foreign navies on the Dagu Forts near Tianjin, on 17 June 1900.[citation needed] Siege of the Beijing
legations[edit] Main article: Siege of the International Legations

Locations of foreign diplomatic legations and front lines in Beijing during the siege

On 15 June, Qing imperial forces deployed electric mines in the River Beihe (Peiho) to prevent the Eight-Nation Alliance
Eight-Nation Alliance
from sending ships to attack.[46] With a difficult military situation in Tianjin
and a total breakdown of communications between Tianjin
and Beijing, the allied nations took steps to reinforce their military presence significantly. On 17 June they took the Dagu Forts commanding the approaches to Tianjin, and from there brought increasing numbers of troops on shore. When Cixi received an ultimatum[when?] demanding that China
surrender total control over all its military and financial affairs to foreigners,[47] she defiantly stated before the entire Grand Council, "Now they [the Powers] have started the aggression, and the extinction of our nation is imminent. If we just fold our arms and yield to them, I would have no face to see our ancestors after death. If we must perish, why don't we fight to the death?"[48] It was at this point that Cixi began to blockade the legations with the armies of the Peking Field Force, which began the siege. Cixi stated that "I have always been of the opinion, that the allied armies had been permitted to escape too easily in 1860. Only a united effort was then necessary to have given China
the victory. Today, at last, the opportunity for revenge has come", and said that millions of Chinese would join the cause of fighting the foreigners since the Manchus had provided "great benefits" on China.[49] On receipt of the news of the attack on the Dagu Forts on the 19th of June, Empress Dowager Cixi immediately sent an order to the legations that the diplomats and other foreigners depart Beijing
under escort of the Chinese army within 24 hours.[50] The next morning, diplomats from the besieged legations met to discuss the Empress's offer. The majority quickly agreed that they could not trust the Chinese army. Fearing that they would be killed, they agreed to refuse the Empress's demand. The German Imperial Envoy, Baron Klemens Freiherr von Ketteler, was infuriated with the actions of the Chinese army troops and determined to take his complaints to the royal court. Against the advice of the fellow foreigners, the baron left the legations with a single aide and a team of porters to carry his sedan chair. On his way to the palace, von Ketteler was killed on the streets of Beijing
by a Manchu captain.[51] His aide managed to escape the attack and carried word of the baron's death back to the diplomatic compound. At this news, the other diplomats feared they also would be murdered if they left the legation quarter and they chose to continue to defy the Chinese order to depart Beijing. The legations were hurriedly fortified. Most of the foreign civilians, which included a large number of missionaries and businessmen, took refuge in the British legation, the largest of the diplomatic compounds.[52] Chinese Christians were primarily housed in the adjacent palace (Fu) of Prince Su who was forced to abandon his property by the foreign soldiers.[53]

Representative U.S., Indian, French, Italian, British, German, Austrian and Japanese military and naval personnel forming part of the Allied forces

On the 21st of June, Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
declared war against all foreign powers. Regional governors who commanded substantial modernised armies, such as Li Hongzhang
Li Hongzhang
at Canton, Yuan Shikai
Yuan Shikai
in Shandong, Zhang Zhidong[54] at Wuhan and Liu Kunyi
Liu Kunyi
at Nanjing, refused to join in the imperial court's declaration of war and withheld knowledge of it from the public in the south. Yuan Shikai
Yuan Shikai
used his own forces to suppress Boxers in Shandong, and Zhang entered into negotiations with the foreigners in Shanghai to keep his army out of the conflict. The neutrality of these provincial and regional governors left the majority of Chinese out of the conflict.[55] They were called The Mutual Protection of Southeast China.[56] The legations of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United States, Russia
and Japan were located in the Beijing
Legation Quarter south of the Forbidden City. The Chinese army and Boxer irregulars besieged the Legation Quarter from 20 June to 14 August 1900. A total of 473 foreign civilians, 409 soldiers, marines and sailors from eight countries, and about 3,000 Chinese Christians took refuge there.[57] Under the command of the British minister to China, Claude Maxwell MacDonald, the legation staff and military guards defended the compound with small arms, three machine guns, and one old muzzle-loaded cannon, which was nicknamed the International Gun because the barrel was British, the carriage Italian, the shells Russian and the crew American. Chinese Christians in the legations led the foreigners to the cannon and it proved important in the defence. Also under siege in Beijing
was the Northern Cathedral (Beitang) of the Catholic Church. The Beitang was defended by 43 French and Italian soldiers, 33 Catholic foreign priests and nuns, and about 3,200 Chinese Catholics. The defenders suffered heavy casualties especially from lack of food and mines which the Chinese exploded in tunnels dug beneath the compound. [58]The number of Chinese soldiers and Boxers besieging the Legation Quarter and the Beitang is unknown.

1900, soldiers burned down the Temple, Shanhaiguan. The destruction of a Chinese temple on the bank of the Pei-Ho, by Amédée Forestier

On the 22nd and 23 June, Chinese soldiers and Boxers set fire to areas north and west of the British Legation, using it as a "frightening tactic" to attack the defenders. The nearby Hanlin Academy, a complex of courtyards and buildings that housed "the quintessence of Chinese scholarship ... the oldest and richest library in the world", caught fire. Each side blamed the other for the destruction of the invaluable books it contained.[59] After the failure to burn out the foreigners, the Chinese army adopted an anaconda-like strategy. The Chinese built barricades surrounding the Legation Quarter and advanced, brick by brick, on the foreign lines, forcing the foreign legation guards to retreat a few feet at a time. This tactic was especially used in the Fu, defended by Japanese and Italian sailors and soldiers, and inhabited by most of the Chinese Christians. Fusillades of bullets, artillery and firecrackers were directed against the Legations almost every night—but did little damage. Sniper fire took its toll among the foreign defenders. Despite their numerical advantage, the Chinese did not attempt a direct assault on the Legation Quarter although in the words of one of the besieged, "it would have been easy by a strong, swift movement on the part of the numerous Chinese troops to have annihilated the whole body of foreigners ... in an hour."[60] American missionary Frank Gamewell and his crew of "fighting parsons" fortified the Legation Quarter,[61] but impressed Chinese Christians to do most of the physical labour of building defences.[62] The Germans and the Americans occupied perhaps the most crucial of all defensive positions: the Tartar Wall. Holding the top of the 45 ft (14 m) tall and 40 ft (12 m) wide wall was vital. The German barricades faced east on top of the wall and 400 yd (370 m) west were the west-facing American positions. The Chinese advanced toward both positions by building barricades even closer. "The men all feel they are in a trap", said the American commander, Capt. John T. Myers, "and simply await the hour of execution."[63] On 30 June, the Chinese forced the Germans off the Wall, leaving the American Marines alone in its defence. At the same time, a Chinese barricade was advanced to within a few feet of the American positions and it became clear that the Americans had to abandon the wall or force the Chinese to retreat. At 2 am on 3 July, 56 British, Russian and American marines and sailors, under the command of Myers, launched an assault against the Chinese barricade on the wall. The attack caught the Chinese sleeping, killed about 20 of them, and expelled the rest of them from the barricades.[64] The Chinese did not attempt to advance their positions on the Tartar Wall for the remainder of the siege.[65] Sir Claude MacDonald said 13 July was the "most harassing day" of the siege.[66] The Japanese and Italians in the Fu were driven back to their last defence line. The Chinese detonated a mine beneath the French Legation pushing the French and Austrians out of most of the French Legation.[66] On 16 July, the most capable British officer was killed and the journalist George Ernest Morrison
George Ernest Morrison
was wounded.[67] But American Minister Edwin Hurd Conger
Edwin Hurd Conger
established contact with the Chinese government and on 17 July, an armistice was declared by the Chinese.[68] More than 40% of the legation guards were dead or wounded. The motivation of the Chinese was probably the realization that an allied force of 20,000 men had landed in China
and retribution for the siege was at hand. Officials and commanders at cross purposes[edit]

Han Chinese General Nie Shicheng, who fought both the Boxers and the Allies[69]

The Manchu General Ronglu
concluded that it was futile to fight all of the powers simultaneously, and declined to press home the siege.[70] The Manchu Zaiyi (Prince Duan), an anti-foreign friend of Dong Fuxiang, wanted artillery for Dong's troops to destroy the legations. Ronglu
blocked the transfer of artillery to Zaiyi and Dong, preventing them from attacking.[71] Ronglu
forced Dong Fuxiang
Dong Fuxiang
and his troops to pull back from completing the siege and destroying the legations, thereby saving the foreigners and making diplomatic concessions.[72] Ronglu
and Prince Qing
Prince Qing
sent food to the legations, and used their Manchu Bannermen to attack the Muslim Gansu
Braves ("Kansu Braves" in the spelling of the time) of Dong Fuxiang
Dong Fuxiang
and the Boxers who were besieging the foreigners. They issued edicts ordering the foreigners to be protected, but the Gansu
warriors ignored it, and fought against Bannermen who tried to force them away from the legations. The Boxers also took commands from Dong Fuxiang.[73] Ronglu
also deliberately hid an Imperial Decree from General Nie Shicheng. The Decree ordered him to stop fighting the Boxers because of the foreign invasion, and also because the population was suffering. Due to Ronglu's actions, General Nie continued to fight the Boxers and killed many of them even as the foreign troops were making their way into China. Ronglu
also ordered Nie to protect foreigners and save the railway from the Boxers.[74] Because parts of the Railway were saved under Ronglu's orders, the foreign invasion army was able to transport itself into China
quickly. General Nie committed thousands of troops against the Boxers instead of against the foreigners. Nie was already outnumbered by the Allies by 4,000 men. General Nie was blamed for attacking the Boxers, as Ronglu
let Nie take all the blame. At the Battle of Tianjin (Tientsin), General Nie decided to sacrifice his life by walking into the range of Allied guns.[75]

Boxer rebels

Xu Jingcheng, who had served as the Qing Envoy to many of the same states under siege in the Legation Quarter, argued that "the evasion of extraterritorial rights and the killing of foreign diplomats are unprecedented in China
and abroad."[76] Xu and five other officials urged Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
to order the repression of Boxers, the execution of their leaders, and a diplomatic settlement with foreign armies. The Empress Dowager, outraged, sentenced Xu and the five others to death for "willfully and absurdly petitioning the Imperial Court" and "building subversive thought." They were executed on July 28, 1900 and their severed heads placed on display at Caishikou Execution Grounds in Beijing.[77]

Han Chinese General Dong Fuxiang
Dong Fuxiang
was overtly hostile to foreigners and his " Gansu
Braves" relentlessly attacked the besieged legations.

Reflecting this vacillation, some Chinese soldiers were quite liberally firing at foreigners under siege from its very onset. Cixi did not personally order imperial troops to conduct a siege, and on the contrary had ordered them to protect the foreigners in the legations. Prince Duan led the Boxers to loot his enemies within the imperial court and the foreigners, although imperial authorities expelled Boxer troops after they were let into the city and went on a looting rampage against both the foreign and the Qing imperial forces. Older Boxers were sent outside Beijing
to halt the approaching foreign armies, while younger men were absorbed into the Muslim Gansu army.[78] With conflicting allegiances and priorities motivating the various forces inside Beijing, the situation in the city became increasingly confused. The foreign legations continued to be surrounded by both Qing imperial and Gansu
forces. While Dong Fuxiang's Gansu
army, now swollen by the addition of the Boxers, wished to press the siege, Ronglu's imperial forces seem to have largely attempted to follow Empress Dowager Cixi's decree and protect the legations. However, to satisfy the conservatives in the imperial court, Ronglu's men also fired on the legations and let off firecrackers to give the impression that they, too, were attacking the foreigners. Inside the legations and out of communication with the outside world, the foreigners simply fired on any targets that presented themselves, including messengers from the imperial court, civilians and besiegers of all persuasions.[79] Dong Fuxiang
Dong Fuxiang
was denied artillery held by Ronglu which stopped him from leveling the legations, and when he complained to Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
on June 23, she dismissively said that "Your tail, is becoming too heavy to wag." The Alliance discovered large amounts of unused Chinese Krupp
artillery and shells after the siege was lifted.[80] The armistice, although occasionally broken, endured until 13 August when, with an allied army led by the British Alfred Gaselee approaching Beijing
to relieve the siege, the Chinese launched their heaviest fusillade on the Legation Quarter. As the foreign army approached, Chinese forces melted away. Gaselee Expedition[edit]

Forces of the Eight-Nation Alliance Relief of the Legations

Troops of the Eight-Nation Alliance
Eight-Nation Alliance
in 1900 ( Russia
excepted). Left to right: Britain, United States, Australia, India, Germany, France, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Japan

Countries Warships (units) Marines (men) Army (men)

 Empire of Japan 18 540 20,300

 Russian Empire 10 750 12,400

 United Kingdom 8 2,020 10,000

 French Third Republic 5 390 3,130

 United States 2 295 3,125

 German Empire 5 600 300

 Austria-Hungary 4 296 unknown

 Kingdom of Italy 2 80 2,500

Total 54 4,971 51,755

Main articles: Eight-Nation Alliance
Eight-Nation Alliance
and Gaselee Expedition

The Boxers bombarded Tianjin
in June 1900, and Dong Fuxiang's Muslim troops attacked the British Admiral Seymour and his expeditionary force.

Foreign navies started building up their presence along the northern China
coast from the end of April 1900. Several international forces were sent to the capital, with varying success, and the Chinese forces were ultimately defeated by the Eight-Nation Alliance
Eight-Nation Alliance
of Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Independent of the alliance, the Netherlands
dispatched three cruisers in July to protect its citizens in Shanghai.[81] British Lieutenant-General Alfred Gaselee
Alfred Gaselee
acted as the commanding officer of the Eight-Nation Alliance, which eventually numbered 55,000. The main contingent was composed of Japanese (20,840), Russian (13,150), British (12,020), French (3,520), U.S. (3,420), German (900), Italian (80), Austro-Hungarian (75) and anti-Boxer Chinese troops.[82] The "First Chinese Regiment" (Weihaiwei Regiment) which was praised for its performance, consisted of Chinese collaborators serving in the British military.[83] The international force finally captured Tianjin
on 14 July under the command of the Japanese Colonel Kuriya, after a day of fighting.

The capture of the southern gate of Tianjin. British troops were positioned on the left, Japanese troops at the centre, French troops on the right.

Notable events included the seizure of the Dagu Forts commanding the approaches to Tianjin
and the boarding and capture of four Chinese destroyers by British Commander Roger Keyes. Among the foreigners besieged in Tianjin
was a young American mining engineer named Herbert Hoover, who would go on to become the 31st President of the United States.[84][85] The march from Tianjin
to Beijing
of about 120 km included about 20,000 allied troops. On 4 August, there were approximately 70,000 Qing imperial troops and anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 Boxers along the way. The allies only encountered minor resistance, fighting battles at Beicang and Yangcun. At Yangcun, the 14th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. and British troops led the assault. The weather was a major obstacle. Conditions were extremely humid with temperatures sometimes reaching 42 °C (108 °F). These high temperatures and insects plagued the Allies. Soldiers dehydrated and horses died. Chinese villagers killed Allied troops who searched for wells.[86] The heat killed Allied soldiers, who foamed at the mouth. The tactics along the way were gruesome on either side. Allied soldiers beheaded already dead Chinese corpses, bayoneted or beheaded live Chinese civilians, and raped Chinese girls and women.[87] Cossacks were reported to have killed Chinese civilians almost automatically and Japanese kicked a Chinese soldier to death.[88] The Chinese responded to the Alliance's atrocities with similar acts of violence and cruelty, especially towards captured Russians.[87] Lieutenant Smedley Butler saw the remains of two Japanese soldiers nailed to a wall, who had their tongues cut off and their eyes gouged.[89] Lieutenant Butler was wounded during the expedition in the leg and chest, later receiving the Brevet Medal in recognition for his actions.

Chinese troops wearing modern uniforms in 1900

The international force reached Beijing
on 14 August. Following the defeat of Beiyang army in the First Sino-Japanese War, the Chinese government had invested heavily in modernizing the imperial army, which was equipped with modern Mauser
repeater rifles and Krupp artillery. Three modernized divisions consisting of Manchu Bannermen protected the Beijing
Metropolitan region. Two of them were under the command of the anti-Boxer Prince Qing
Prince Qing
and Ronglu, while the anti-foreign Prince Duan commanded the ten-thousand-strong Hushenying, or "Tiger Spirit Division", which had joined the Gansu
Braves and Boxers in attacking the foreigners. It was a Hushenying captain who had assassinated the German diplomat Ketteler. The Tenacious Army under Nie Shicheng
Nie Shicheng
received western style training under German and Russian officers in addition to their modernised weapons and uniforms. They effectively resisted the Alliance at the Battle of Tientsin before retreating and astounded the Alliance forces with the accuracy of their artillery during the siege of the Tianjin
concessions (the artillery shells failed to explode upon impact due to corrupt manufacturing). The Gansu
Braves under Dong Fuxiang, which some sources described as "ill disciplined", were armed with modern weapons but were not trained according to western drill and wore traditional Chinese uniforms. They led the defeat of the Alliance at Langfang in the Seymour Expedition
Seymour Expedition
and were the most ferocious in besieging the Legations in Beijing. Some Banner forces were given modernised weapons and western training, becoming the Metropolitan Banner forces, which were decimated in the fighting. Among the Manchu dead was the father of the writer Lao She.[citation needed]

Corporal Titus scaling the walls of Peking

The British won the race among the international forces to be the first to reach the besieged Legation Quarter. The U.S. was able to play a role due to the presence of U.S. ships and troops stationed in Manila
since the U.S. conquest of the Philippines during the Spanish–American War
Spanish–American War
and the subsequent Philippine Insurrection. In the U.S. military, the action in the Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion
was known as the China
Relief Expedition. United States
United States
Marines scaling the walls of Beijing
is an iconic image of the Boxer Rebellion.[90] The British Army reached the legation quarter on the afternoon of 14 August and relieved the Legation Quarter. The Beitang was relieved on 16 August, first by Japanese soldiers and then, officially, by the French.[91] Evacuation of the Qing imperial court from Beijing
to Xi'an[edit]

Painting of Western and Japanese troops

In the early hours of 15 August, just as the Foreign Legations were being relieved, Empress Dowager Cixi, dressed in the padded blue cotton of a farm woman, the Guangxu Emperor, and a small retinue climbed into three wooden ox carts and escaped from the city covered with rough blankets. Legend has it that the Empress Dowager then either ordered that the Guangxu Emperor's favourite concubine, Consort Zhen, be thrown down a well in the Forbidden City
Forbidden City
or tricked her into drowning herself. The journey was made all the more arduous by the lack of preparation, but the Empress Dowager insisted this was not a retreat, rather a "tour of inspection." After weeks of travel, the party arrived in Xi'an
in Shaanxi
province, beyond protective mountain passes where the foreigners could not reach, deep in Chinese Muslim territory and protected by the Gansu
Braves. The foreigners had no orders to pursue the Empress Dowager, so they decided to stay put.[92] Russian invasion of Manchuria[edit]

Russian officers in Manchuria during the Boxer Rebellion

The Russian Empire
Russian Empire
and the Qing Empire had maintained a long peace, starting with the Treaty of Nerchinsk
Treaty of Nerchinsk
in 1689, but Tsarist forces took advantage of Chinese defeats to impose the Aigun Treaty
Aigun Treaty
of 1858 and the Treaty of Peking
Treaty of Peking
of 1860 which ceded formerly Chinese territory in Manchuria to Russia, much of which is held by Russia
to the present day (Primorye). The Russians aimed for control over the Amur River
Amur River
for navigation, and the all-weather ports of Dairen
and Port Arthur in the Liaodong
peninsula. The rise of Japan as an Asian power provoked Russia's anxiety, especially in light of expanding Japanese influence in Korea. Following Japan's victory in the First Sino-Japanese War
First Sino-Japanese War
of 1895, the Triple Intervention
Triple Intervention
of Russia, Germany and France forced Japan to return the territory won in Liaodong, leading to a de facto Sino-Russian alliance. Local Chinese in Manchuria were incensed at these Russian advances and began to harass Russians and Russian institutions, such as the Chinese Eastern Railway. In June 1900, the Chinese bombarded the town of Blagoveshchensk
on the Russian side of the Amur. The Czar's government used the pretext of Boxer activity to move some 200,000 troops into the area to crush the Boxers. The Chinese used arson to destroy a bridge carrying a railway and a barracks on 27 July. The Boxers destroyed railways and cut lines for telegraphs and burned the Yantai mines.[93] By 21 September, Russian troops took Jilin
and Liaodong, and by the end of the month completely occupied Manchuria, where their presence was a major factor leading to the Russo-Japanese War. The Chinese Honghuzi
bandits of Manchuria, who had fought alongside the Boxers in the war, did not stop when the Boxer rebellion was over, and continued guerilla warfare against the Russian occupation up to the Russo-Japanese war
Russo-Japanese war
when the Russians were defeated by Japan. Massacre of missionaries and Chinese Christians[edit]

The Holy Chinese Martyrs
Chinese Martyrs
of the Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
as depicted in an icon commissioned in 1990

Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic missionaries and their Chinese parishioners were massacred throughout northern China, some by Boxers and others by government troops and authorities. After the declaration of war on Western powers in June 1900, Yuxian, who had been named governor of Shanxi
in March of that year, implemented a brutal anti-foreign and anti- Christian
policy. On 9 July, reports circulated that he had executed forty-four foreigners (including women and children) from missionary families whom he had invited to the provincial capital Taiyuan
under the promise to protect them.[94][95] Although the purported eye witness accounts have recently been questioned as improbable, this event became a notorious symbol of Chinese anger, known as the Taiyuan
Massacre.[96] By the summer's end, more foreigners and as many as 2,000 Chinese Christians had been put to death in the province. Journalist and historical writer Nat Brandt has called the massacre of Christians in Shanxi
"the greatest single tragedy in the history of Christian
evangelicalism."[97] During the Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion
as a whole, a total of 136 Protestant missionaries and 53 children were killed, and 47 Catholic priests and nuns. 30,000 Chinese Catholics, 2,000 Chinese Protestants, and 200 to 400 of the 700 Russian Orthodox Christians in Beijing
were estimated to have been killed. Collectively, the Protestant dead were called the China
Martyrs of 1900.[98] 222 of Russian Christian
Chinese Martyrs including St. Metrophanes were locally canonised as New Martyrs
New Martyrs
on 22 April 1902, after archimandrite Innocent (Fugurovsky), head of the Russian Orthodox Mission in China, solicited the Most Holy Synod
Most Holy Synod
to perpetuate their memory. This was the first local canonisation for more than two centuries.[99] The Boxers went on to murder Christians across 26 prefectures.[100] Aftermath[edit] Occupation, looting and atrocities[edit]

"The Fall of the Peking Castle" from September 1900. British and Japanese soldiers assaulting Chinese troops.

The occupation of Beijing. British sector in yellow, French in blue, US in green and ivory, German in red and Japanese in light green.

Beijing, Tianjin, and other cities in northern China
were occupied for more than one year by the international expeditionary force under the command of German General Alfred Graf von Waldersee. Atrocities by foreign troops were common. French troops ravaged the countryside around Beijing
on behalf of Chinese Catholics. The Americans and British paid General Yuan Shikai
Yuan Shikai
and his army (the Right Division) to help the Eight Nation Alliance
Eight Nation Alliance
suppress the Boxers. Yuan Shikai's forces killed tens of thousands of people in their anti Boxer campaign in Zhili Province
Zhili Province
and Shandong
after the Alliance captured Beijing.[101] Yuan operated out of Baoding
during the campaign, which ended in 1902.[102] Li Hongzhang
Li Hongzhang
commanded Chinese soldiers to kill "Boxers" to assist the foreign invaders.[103] From the Chinese point of view, as well as reports from contemporary Western observers, German, Russian, and Japanese troops received the greatest criticism for their ruthlessness and willingness to wantonly execute Chinese of all ages and backgrounds, sometimes burning and killing entire village populations.[104] The German force arrived too late to take part in the fighting, but undertook punitive expeditions to the countryside. Kaiser
Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II
on July 27 during departure ceremonies for the German relief force included an impromptu, but intemperate reference to the Hun
invaders of continental Europe which would later be resurrected by British propaganda to mock Germany during the First World War and Second World War:

Should you encounter the enemy, he will be defeated! No quarter will be given! Prisoners will not be taken! Whoever falls into your hands is forfeited. Just as a thousand years ago the Huns under their King Attila made a name for themselves, one that even today makes them seem mighty in history and legend, may the name German be affirmed by you in such a way in China
that no Chinese will ever again dare to look cross-eyed at a German.[105]

A Boxer is publicly executed.

Execution of a Boxer by the French, Tientsin

Boxers beheaded in front of a group of Chinese and Japanese officials

One newspaper called the aftermath of the siege a "carnival of loot", and others called it "an orgy of looting" by soldiers, civilians and missionaries. These characterisations called to mind the sacking of the Summer Palace
Summer Palace
in 1860.[106] Each nationality accused the others of being the worst looters. An American diplomat, Herbert G. Squiers, filled several railroad cars with loot. The British Legation held loot auctions every afternoon and proclaimed, "looting on the part of British troops was carried out in the most orderly manner." However, one British officer noted, "it is one of the unwritten laws of war that a city which does not surrender at the last and is taken by storm is looted." For the rest of 1900–1901, the British held loot auctions everyday except Sunday in front of the main-gate to the British Legation. Many foreigners, including Sir Claude Maxwell MacDonald and Lady Ethel MacDonald and George Ernest Morrison
George Ernest Morrison
of The Times, were active bidders among the crowd. Many of these looted items ended up in Europe.[107] The Catholic Beitang or North Cathedral was a "salesroom for stolen property."[108] The American commander General Adna Chaffee
Adna Chaffee
banned looting by American soldiers, but the ban was ineffectual.[109]

Execution of Boxers after the rebellion.

Some, but by no means all Western missionaries took an active part in calling for retribution. To provide restitution to missionaries and Chinese Christian
families whose property had been destroyed, William Ament, a missionary of American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, guided American troops through villages to punish those he suspected of being Boxers and confiscate their property. When Mark Twain read of this expedition, he wrote a scathing essay, "To the Person Sitting in Darkness" that attacked the "Reverend bandits of the American Board," especially targeting Ament, one of the most respected missionaries in China.[110] The controversy was front-page news during much of 1901. Ament's counterpart on the distaff side was doughty British missionary Georgina Smith who presided over a neighborhood in Beijing
as judge and jury.[111]

Japanese troops during the Boxer Rebellion

While one historical account reported that Japanese troops were astonished by other Alliance troops raping civilians,[112] others noted that Japanese troops were 'looting and burning without mercy', and that Chinese 'women and girls by hundreds have committed suicide to escape a worse fate at the hands of Russian and Japanese brutes.'[113] Roger Keyes, who commanded the British destroyer Fame and accompanied the Gaselee Expedition, noted that the Japanese had brought their own "regimental wives" (prostitutes) to the front to keep their soldiers from raping Chinese civilians.[114] Thousands of Chinese women committed suicide; The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
journalist E. J. Dillon stated it was to avoid rape by Alliance forces, and he witnessed the mutilated corpses of Chinese women who were raped and killed by the Alliance troops. The French commander dismissed the rapes, attributing them to "gallantry of the French soldier." A foreign journalist, George Lynch, said "there are things that I must not write, and that may not be printed in England, which would seem to show that this Western civilization of ours is merely a veneer over savagery."[107] Many Bannermen supported the Boxers and shared their anti-foreign sentiment.[115] The German Minister Clemens von Ketteler
Clemens von Ketteler
was assassinated by a Manchu.[116] Bannermen had been devastated in the First Sino-Japanese War
First Sino-Japanese War
in 1895 and Banner armies were destroyed while resisting the invasion. In the words of historian Pamela Crossley, their living conditions went "from desperate poverty to true misery."[117] When thousands of Manchus fled south from Aigun
during the fighting in 1900, their cattle and horses were stolen by Russian Cossacks who then burned their villages and homes to ashes.[118] The clan system of the Manchus in Aigun
was obliterated by the despoliation of the area at the hands of the Russian invaders.[119]

Mutual Protection of Southeast China
Mutual Protection of Southeast China
in 1900

Under the lead of some highly ranked officials including Li Hongzhang, Yuan Shikai
Yuan Shikai
and Zhang Zhidong, several provinces in the southeast formed the Southeastern Mutual Protection during this period to avoid the further expansion of the chaos or the worsen of the situation between China
and western powers. These provinces claimed to be neutral and refused to fight either the Boxers or the Eight Nation Alliance. Reparations[edit]

Foreign armies assemble inside the Forbidden City
Forbidden City
after capturing Beijing, 28 November 1900

After the capture of Peking by the foreign armies, some of Empress Dowager Cixi's advisers advocated that the war be carried on, arguing that China
could have defeated the foreigners as it was disloyal and traitorous people within China
who allowed Beijing
and Tianjin
to be captured by the Allies, and that the interior of China
was impenetrable. They also recommended that Dong Fuxiang
Dong Fuxiang
continue fighting. The Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
was practical, however, and decided that the terms were generous enough for her to acquiesce when she was assured of her continued reign after the war and that China
would not be forced to cede any territory.[120] On 7 September 1901, the Qing imperial court agreed to sign the "Boxer Protocol" also known as Peace Agreement between the Eight-Nation Alliance and China. The protocol ordered the execution of 10 high-ranking officials linked to the outbreak and other officials who were found guilty for the slaughter of foreigners in China. Alfons Mumm (Freiherr von Schwarzenstein), Ernest Satow
Ernest Satow
and Komura Jutaro signed on behalf of Germany, Britain and Japan respectively. China
was fined war reparations of 450,000,000 taels of fine silver (≈540,000,000 troy ounces (17,000 t) @ 1.2 ozt/tael) for the loss that it caused. The reparation was to be paid within 39 years, and would be 982,238,150 taels with interest (4 percent per year) included. To help meet the payment it was agreed to increase the existing tariff from an actual 3.18 percent to 5 percent, and to tax hitherto duty-free merchandise. The sum of reparation was estimated by the Chinese population (roughly 450 million in 1900), to let each Chinese pay one tael. Chinese custom income and salt tax were enlisted as guarantee of the reparation. China
paid 668,661,220 taels of silver from 1901 to 1939, equivalent in 2010 to ≈US$61 billion on a purchasing power parity basis.[121] A large portion of the reparations paid to the United States
United States
was diverted to pay for the education of Chinese students in U.S. universities under the Boxer Indemnity
Scholarship Program. To prepare the students chosen for this program an institute was established to teach the English language and to serve as a preparatory school. When the first of these students returned to China
they undertook the teaching of subsequent students; from this institute was born Tsinghua University. Some of the reparation due to Britain was later earmarked for a similar program.

American troops during the Boxer Rebellion.

The China
Inland Mission lost more members than any other missionary agency:[122] 58 adults and 21 children were killed. However, in 1901, when the allied nations were demanding compensation from the Chinese government, Hudson Taylor
Hudson Taylor
refused to accept payment for loss of property or life in order to demonstrate the meekness and gentleness of Christ to the Chinese.[123] The French Catholic vicar apostolic, Msgr. Alfons Bermyn wanted foreign troops garrisoned in Inner Mongolia, but the Governor refused. Bermyn petitioned the Manchu Enming to send troops to Hetao where Prince Duan's Mongol troops and General Dong Fuxiang's Muslim troops allegedly threatened Catholics. It turned out that Bermyn had created the incident as a hoax.[124][125] The Qing government did not capitulate to all the foreign demands. The Manchu governor Yuxian, was executed, but the imperial court refused to execute the Han Chinese General Dong Fuxiang, although he had also encouraged the killing of foreigners during the rebellion.[126] Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
intervened when the Alliance demanded him executed and Dong was only cashiered and sent back home.[127] Instead, Dong lived a life of luxury and power in "exile" in his home province of Gansu.[128] Upon Dong's death in 1908, all honors which had been stripped from him were restored and he was given a full military burial.[128] Long-term consequences[edit]

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The European great powers finally ceased their ambitions of colonizing China
having learned from the Boxer rebellions that the best way to deal with China
was through the ruling dynasty, rather than directly with the Chinese people (a sentiment embodied in the adage: "The people are afraid of officials, the officials are afraid of foreigners, and the foreigners are afraid of the people" (老百姓怕官,官怕洋鬼子,洋鬼子怕老百姓), and even briefly assisted the Qing in their war against the Japanese to prevent a Japanese domination in the region. Concurrently, this period marks the ceding of European great power interference in Chinese affairs, with the Japanese replacing the Europeans as the dominant power for their lopsided involvement in the war against the Boxers as well as their victory in the First Sino-Japanese War. With the toppling of the Qing that followed and the rise of the Nationalist Kuomintang, European sway within China
was reduced to symbolic status. After taking Manchuria in 1905, Japan came to dominate Asian affairs both militarily and culturally with many of the Chinese scholars also educated in Japan with the most prominent example being Sun Yat-Sen
Sun Yat-Sen
who would later found the Nationalist movement of the Kuomintang
in China.

French 1901 China
expedition commemorative medal. Musée de la Légion d'Honneur

In October 1900, Russia
occupied the provinces of Manchuria,[129] a move which threatened Anglo-American hopes of maintaining what remained of China's territorial integrity and the country's openness to commerce under the Open Door Policy. Japan's clash with Russia
over Liaodong
and other provinces in eastern Manchuria, due to the Russian refusal to honour the terms of the Boxer protocol which called for their withdrawal, led to the Russo-Japanese War when two years of negotiations broke down in February 1904. The Russian Lease of the Liaodong
(1898) was confirmed. Russia
was ultimately defeated by an increasingly confident Japan. Besides the compensation, Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
reluctantly started some reforms despite her previous views. Under her reforms known as the New Policies started in 1901, the imperial examination system for government service was eliminated and as a result the system of education through Chinese classics was replaced with a European liberal system that led to a university degree. Along with the formation of new military and police organisations, the reforms also simplified central bureaucracy and made a start on revamping taxation policies.[130] After the deaths of Cixi and the Guangxu Emperor
Guangxu Emperor
in 1908, the prince regent Zaifeng (Prince Chun), the Guangxu Emperor's brother, launched further reforms. The effect on China
was a weakening of the dynasty and its national defense capabilities. The government structure was temporarily sustained by the Europeans. Behind the international conflict, it further deepened internal ideological differences between northern-Chinese anti-foreign royalists and southern-Chinese anti-Qing revolutionists. This scenario in the last years of the Qing dynasty gradually escalated into a chaotic warlord era in which the most powerful northern warlords were hostile towards the revolutionaries in the south who overthrew the Qing monarchy in 1911. The rivalry was not fully resolved until the northern warlords were defeated by the Kuomintang's 1926–28 Northern Expedition. Prior to the final defeat of the Boxer Rebellion, all anti-Qing movements in the previous century, such as the Taiping Rebellion, had been successfully suppressed by the Qing. Historian Walter LaFeber
Walter LaFeber
has argued that President William McKinley's decision to send 5,000 American troops to quell the rebellion marks "the origins of modern presidential war powers":[131]

McKinley took a historic step in creating a new, 20th century presidential power. He dispatched the five thousand troops without consulting Congress, let alone obtaining a declaration of war, to fight the Boxers who were supported by the Chinese government ... Presidents had previously used such force against non-governmental groups that threatened U.S. interests and citizens. It was now used, however, against recognised governments, and without obeying the Constitution's provisions about who was to declare war.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
concurred, writing that:[132]

The intervention in China
marked the start of a crucial shift in the presidential employment of armed force overseas. In the 19th century, military force committed without congressional authorization had been typically used against nongovernmental organizations. Now it was beginning to be used against sovereign states, and, in the case of Theodore Roosevelt, with less consultation than ever.

In the Second Sino-Japanese War, when the Japanese asked the Muslim general Ma Hongkui
Ma Hongkui
to defect and become head of a Muslim puppet state, he responded that his relatives had been killed during the Battle of Peking, including his uncle Ma Fulu. Since Japanese troops made up the majority of the Alliance forces there would be no cooperation with the Japanese.[133] Controversies and changing views of the Boxers[edit]

Boxers captured by the U.S. Army near Tianjin
in 1901

From the beginning, views differed as to whether the Boxers were better seen as anti-imperialist, patriotic, and proto-nationalist or as "uncivilized", irrational, and futile opponents of inevitable change. The historian Joseph Esherick comments that "confusion about the Boxer Uprising is not simply a matter of popular misconceptions", for "there is no major incident in China's modern history on which the range of professional interpretation is as great".[134] Chinese liberals such as Hu Shi often condemned the Boxers for their irrationality and barbarity.[135] Chinese nationalists initially disdained them for their superstition and xenophobia. Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China
and of the Nationalist Party at first believed that the Boxer Movement was stirred up by the Qing government's rumors, which "caused confusion among the populace", and delivered "scathing criticism" of the Boxers' "anti-foreignism and obscurantism". Sun praised the Boxers for their "spirit of resistance" but called them "bandits". Students shared an ambivalent attitude to the Boxers, stating that while the uprising originated from the "ignorant and stubborn people of the interior areas", their beliefs were "brave and righteous", and could "be transformed into a moving force for independence".[136] After the fall of the Qing dynasty
Qing dynasty
in 1911, nationalist Chinese became more sympathetic to the Boxers. In 1918 Sun praised their fighting spirit and said the Boxers were courageous and fearless, fighting to the death against the Alliance armies, specifically the Battle of Yangcun.[137] The leader of the New Culture Movement, Chen Duxiu, forgave the "barbarism of the Boxer... given the crime foreigners committed in China", and contended that it was those "subservient to the foreigners" that truly "deserved our resentment".[138]

Qing forces of Chinese soldiers in 1899–1901. Left: two infantrymen of the New Imperial Army. Front: drum major of the regular army. Seated on the trunk: field artilleryman. Right: Boxers.

In other countries, views of the Boxers were complex and contentious. Mark Twain
Mark Twain
said that "the Boxer is a patriot. He loves his country better than he does the countries of other people. I wish him success".[139] The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy
also praised the Boxers. He accused Nicholas II of Russia
Nicholas II of Russia
and Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II
of Germany of being chiefly responsible for the lootings, rapes, murders and the " Christian
brutality" of the Russians and other western troops.[140] The Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin
Vladimir Lenin
mocked the Russian government's claim that it was protecting Christian
civilization: "Poor Imperial Government! So Christianly unselfish, and yet so unjustly maligned! Several years ago it unselfishly seized Port Arthur, and now it is unselfishly seizing Manchuria; it has unselfishly flooded the frontier provinces of China
with hordes of contractors, engineers, and officers, who, by their conduct, have roused to indignation even the Chinese, known for their docility."[141] The Indian Bengali Hindu Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore
attacked the European colonialists.[142] A number of Indian soldiers in the British Indian Army agreed that the Boxers were right and the British stole from the Temple of Heaven a bell, which was given back to China by the Indian military in 1994.[143] Even some American churchmen spoke out in support of the Boxers. The evangelist Rev. Dr. George F. Pentecost said that the Boxer uprising was a "patriotic movement to expel the 'foreign devils' — just that — the foreign devils". Suppose, he said, the great nations of Europe were to “put their fleets together, came over here, seize Portland, move on down to Boston, then New York, then Philadelphia, and so on down the Atlantic Coast and around the Gulf of Galveston? Suppose they took possession of these port cities, drove our people into the hinterland, built great warehouses and factories, brought in a body of dissolute agents, and calmly notified our people that henceforward they would manage the commerce of the country? Would we not have a Boxer movement to drive those foreign European Christian
devils out of our country?[144] The Russian newspaper Amurskii Krai criticized the killing of innocent civilians, charging that "restraint" "civilization" and "culture" instead of "racial hatred" and "destruction" would have been more becoming of a "civilized Christian
nation". The paper asked "What shall we tell civilized people? We shall have to say to them: 'Do not consider us as brothers anymore. We are mean and terrible people; we have killed those who hid at our place, who sought our protection'".[145] The events also left a longer impact. The historian Robert Bickers found that for the British in China
the Boxer rising served as the "equivalent of the Indian 'mutiny'" and came to represent the Yellow Peril. Later events, he adds, such as the Chinese Nationalist Revolution of the 1920s and even the activities of the Red Guards of the 1960s, were perceived as being in the shadow of the Boxers.[146] In Taiwan
(Republic of China) and Hong Kong, history textbooks often present the Boxer as irrational and xenophobic. But in the People's Republic of China, government textbooks described the Boxer movement as an anti-imperialist, patriotic peasant movement whose failure was due to the lack of leadership from the modern working class, and described the international army as an invading force. In recent decades, however, large-scale projects of village interviews and explorations of archival sources have led historians in China
to take a more nuanced view. Some non-Chinese scholars, such as Joseph Esherick, have seen the movement as anti-imperialist; while others hold that the concept "nationalistic" is anachronistic because the Chinese nation had not been formed and the Boxers were more concerned with regional issues. Paul Cohen's recent study includes a survey of "the Boxers as myth", showing how their memory was used in changing ways in 20th century China
from the New Culture Movement
New Culture Movement
to the Cultural Revolution.[147] In recent years the Boxer question has been debated in the People's Republic of China. In 1998, the critical scholar Wang Yi argued that the Boxers had features in common with the extremism of the Cultural Revolution. Both events had the external goal of "liquidating all harmful pests" and the domestic goal of "eliminating bad elements of all descriptions" and this relation was rooted in "cultural obscurantism". Wang explained to his readers the changes in attitudes towards the Boxers from the condemnation of the May Fourth Movement to the approval expressed by Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong
during the Cultural Revolution.[148] In 2006 Yuan Weishi, a professor of philosophy at Zhongshan University
Zhongshan University
in Guangzhou, wrote that the Boxers by their "criminal actions brought unspeakable suffering to the nation and its people! These are all facts that everybody knows, and it is a national shame that the Chinese people cannot forget".[149] Yuan charged that history text books had been lacking in neutrality in presenting the Boxer Uprising as a "magnificent feat of patriotism", and not presenting the view that the majority of the Boxer rebels were both violent and xenophobic.[150] In response, some labeled Yuan Weishi a "traitor" (Hanjian).[151] Terminology[edit] The first reports coming from China
in 1898 referred to the village activists as "Yihequan", (Wade–Giles: I Ho Ch'uan). The first known use of the term "Boxer" was September 1899 in a letter from missionary Grace Newton in Shandong. It appears from context that "Boxer" was a known term by that time, possibly coined by the Shandong
missionaries Arthur H. Smith and Henry Porter.[152] Smith says in his book of 1902 that the name

I Ho Ch'uan... literally denotes the 'Fists' (Ch'uan) of Righteousness (or Public) (I) Harmony (Ho), in apparent allusion to the strength of united force which was to be put forth. As the Chinese phrase 'fists and feet' signifies boxing and wrestling, there appeared to be no more suitable term for the adherents of the sect than 'Boxers,' a designation first used by one or two missionary correspondents of foreign journals in China, and later universally accepted on account of the difficulty of coining a better one.[153]

On 6 June 1900 the Times of London used the term "rebellion" in quotation marks, presumably to indicate their view that the rising was in fact instigated by Empress Dowager Cixi.[154] The historian Lanxin Xiang refers to the "so called 'Boxer Rebellion,'" and explains that "while peasant rebellion was nothing new in Chinese history, a war against the world's most powerful states was."[155] The name "Boxer Rebellion", concludes Joseph Esherick, another recent historian, is truly a "misnomer", for the Boxers "never rebelled against the Manchu rulers of China
and their Qing dynasty" and the "most common Boxer slogan, throughout the history of the movement, was "support the Qing, destroy the Foreign." He adds that only after the movement was suppressed by the Allied Intervention did both the foreign powers and influential Chinese officials realize that the Qing would have to remain as government of China
in order to maintain order and collect taxes to pay the indemnity. Therefore, in order to save face for the Empress Dowager and the imperial court, the argument was made that the Boxers were rebels and that support from the imperial court came only from a few Manchu princes. Esherick concludes that the origin of the term "rebellion" was "purely political and opportunistic", but it has shown a remarkable staying power, particularly in popular accounts.[156] Other recent Western works refer to the "Boxer Movement", "Boxer War" or Yihetuan
Movement, while Chinese studies use 义和团运动 ( Yihetuan
yundong), that is, " Yihetuan
Movement." In his discussion of the general and legal implications of the terminology involved, the German scholar Thoralf Klein notes that all of the terms, including the Chinese ones, are "posthumous interpretations of the conflict." He argues that each term, whether it be "uprising", "rebellion" or "movement" implies a different definition of the conflict. Even the term "Boxer War", which has become widely used by recent scholars in the West, raises questions, as war was never declared, and Allied troops behaved as a punitive expedition in colonial style, not in a declared war with legal constraints. The Allies took advantage of the fact that China
had not signed "The Laws and Customs of War on Land", a key document at the 1899 Hague Peace Conference. They argued that China
had violated its provisions but themselves ignored them. [157] Later representations[edit]

U.S. Marines fight rebellious Boxers outside Beijing
Legation Quarter, 1900. Copy of painting by Sergeant John Clymer.

British and Japanese forces engage Boxers in battle.

By 1900, many new forms of media had matured, including illustrated newspapers and magazines, postcards, broadsides and advertisements, all of which presented images of the Boxers and of the invading armies.[158] The rebellion was covered in the foreign illustrated press by artists and photographers. Paintings and prints were also published including Japanese wood-blocks.[159] In the following decades, the Boxers were a constant subject for comment. A sampling includes:

In the Polish play The Wedding by Stanisław Wyspiański, first published on 16 March 1901, even before the rebellion was finally crushed, the character of Czepiec asks the Journalist (Dziennikarz) one of the best-known questions in the history of Polish literature: "Cóż tam, panie, w polityce? Chińczyki trzymają się mocno!? ("How are things in politics, Mister? Are the Chinese holding out firmly!?").[160] Liu E, The Travels of Lao Can[161] sympathetically shows an honest official trying to carry out reforms and depicts the Boxers as sectarian rebels. G. A. Henty, With the Allies to Pekin, a Tale of the Relief of the Legations (New York: Scribners, 1903; London: Blackie, 1904). Juvenile fiction by a widely read author, depicts the Boxers as "a mob of ruffians." A false or forged diary, Diary of his Excellency Ching-Shan: Being a Chinese Account of the Boxer Troubles, including text written by Edmund Backhouse, who claimed he recovered the document from a burnt building. It is suspected that Backhouse falsified the document, as well as other stories, because he was prone to tell tales dubious in nature, including claims of nightly visits to the Empress Dowager Cixi.[162] In Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin
The Adventures of Tintin
comic The Blue Lotus, Tintin's Chinese friend Chang Chong-Chen
Chang Chong-Chen
when they first meet, after Tintin saves the boy from drowning, the boy asks Tintin why he saved him from drowning as, according to Chang's uncle who fought in the Rebellion, all white people were wicked. The novel Moment in Peking
Moment in Peking
(1939), by Lin Yutang, opens during the Boxer Rebellion, and provides a child's-eye view of the turmoil through the eyes of the protagonist. Tulku, a 1979 children's novel by Peter Dickinson, includes the effects of the Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion
on a remote part of China. The Diamond Age
The Diamond Age
or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (New York, 1996), by Neal Stephenson, includes a quasi-historical re-telling of the Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion
as an integral component of the novel The novel The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure
The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure
(2003), by Adam Williams, describes the experiences of a small group of foreign missionaries, traders and railway engineers in a fictional town in northern China shortly before and during the Boxer Rebellion. Illusionist William Ellsworth Robinson a.k.a. Chung Ling Soo
Chung Ling Soo
had a bullet catch trick entitled "Condemned to Death by the Boxers", which famously resulted in his onstage death. The 1963 film 55 Days at Peking
55 Days at Peking
directed by Nicholas Ray
Nicholas Ray
and starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
and David Niven.[163] In 1975 Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers
Shaw Brothers
studio produced the film Boxer Rebellion (Chinese: 八國聯軍; pinyin: bāguó liánjūn; Wade–Giles: Pa kuo lien chun; literally: "Eight-Nation Allied Army") under director Chang Cheh with one of the highest budgets to tell a sweeping story of disillusionment and revenge.[164] Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers
Shaw Brothers
Legendary Weapons of China
(1981), director Lau Kar Leung. A comedy starring Hsiao Ho (Hsiao Hou) as a disillusioned boxer of the Magic Clan who is sent to assassinate the former leader of a powerful boxer clan who refuses to dupe his students into believing they are impervious to firearms. There are several flashbacks to the Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion
in the television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
and Angel. During the conflict, Spike kills his first slayer to impress Drusilla, and Angel decisively splits from Darla. The 2003 film, Shanghai Knights, starring Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
and Owen Wilson, shows that the Boxers still exist, working for Lord Rathbone, who wants to assassinate many members of the British Royal Family. The Last Empress (Boston, 2007), by Anchee Min, describes the long reign of the Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi
in which the siege of the legations is one of the climactic events in the novel. Mo, Yan. Sandalwood Death. Viewpoint of villagers during Boxer Uprising.[165] The pair of graphic novels by Gene Luen Yang, with colour by Lark Pien, Boxers and Saints, describes the "bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers" who "roam the countryside bullying and robbing Chinese peasants." Little Bao, "harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods", recruits an army of Boxers, "commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China
from 'foreign devils.'"[166] The 2013 video game BioShock Infinite
BioShock Infinite
featured the Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion
as a major historical moment for the floating city of Columbia. Columbia, in an effort to rescue American hostages during the rebellion, opened fire upon the city of Peking and burned it to the ground. These actions resulted in the United States
United States
recalling Columbia, which led to its secession from the Union. The Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion
is the historical backdrop for the episode titled "Kung Fu Crabtree" (Season 7, Episode 16, aired 24 March 2014) of the television series Murdoch Mysteries, when Chinese officials visit Toronto in 1900 in search of Boxers who have fled from China.

See also[edit]

Battle of Peking (1900) Century of humiliation China
Relief Expedition History of Beijing Imperial Decree on events leading to the signing of Boxer Protocol List of 1900–30 publications on the Boxer Rebellion Opium War Xishiku Cathedral
Xishiku Cathedral
(西什庫天主堂) Donghak Rebellion, an anti-foreign, proto-nationalist uprising in pre-Japanese Korea Eight-Nation Alliance The Mutual Protection of Southeast China Boxer Indemnity
Scholarship Program Gengzi Guobian Tanci Alfons Mumm von Schwarzenstein Stephen Pichon Ernest Mason Satow Maurice Joostens Komura Jutarō

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Nation, Says Dr. Pentecost". The New York Times. 11 February 1912. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014.  ^ George Alexander Lensen; Fang-chih Chʻen (1982). The Russo-Chinese War:. p. 103.  ^ Robert Bickers, Britain in China: Community, Culture, and Colonialism, 1900–1949 (Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press, 1999 ISBN 0719046971), p. 34 ^ Pt Three, "The Boxers As Myth", Cohen, History in Three Keys, pp. 211–288. ^ Wang Yi, "The Cultural Origins of the Boxer Movement's Obscurantism and Its Influence on the Cultural Revolution", in Douglas Kerr, ed., Critical Zone Three. ( Hong Kong
Hong Kong
University Press), 155. ^ "History Textbooks in China". Eastsouthwestnorth. Retrieved 23 October 2008.  ^ Pan, Philip P. (25 January 2006). "Leading Publication Shut Down In China". Washington Post Foreign Service. Retrieved 19 October 2008.  ^ 网友评论:评中山大学袁时伟的汉奸言论和混蛋逻辑 ^ Thompson (2009), p. 223. ^ China
in Convulsion Vol I, pp. 154–55. ^ Jane Elliot, Some Did It for Civilisation", p. 9, 1. ^ Xiang, The Origins of the Boxer War p. vii–viii. ^ Esherick p. xiv. Esherick notes that many textbooks and secondary accounts followed Victor Purcell, The Boxer Uprising: A Background Study (1963) in seeing a shift from an early anti-dynastic movement to pro-dynastic, but that the "flood of publications" from Taiwan
and the People's Republic (including both documents from the time and oral histories conducted in the 1950s) has shown this not to be the case. xv–xvi. ^ Klein (2008). ^ Peter Perdue, "Visualizing the Boxer Uprising" MIT Visualizing Cultures Illustrated Slide Lecture ^ Frederic A. Sharf and Peter Harrington. China
1900: The Artists' Perspective. London: Greenhill, 2000. ISBN 1-85367-409-5. ^ met [2007-08-26] (26 August 2007). "Chińcyki trzymają się mocno!?". Broszka.pl. Retrieved 6 September 2012.  ^ translated by Harold Shaddick as The Travels of Lao Ts'an (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1952), also available in an abridged version which omits some scenes of the Boxers: The travels of Lao Can, translated by Yang Xianyi, Gladys Yang (Beijing: Panda Books, 1983; 176p.), ^ Hugh Trevor-Roper: A Hidden Life – The Enigma of Sir Edmund Backhouse (Published in the USA as Hermit of Peking, The Hidden Life of Sir Edmund Backhouse) (1976) ^ 55 Days at Peking
55 Days at Peking
on IMDb ^ "HKflix". HKflix. Retrieved 6 September 2012.  ^ Sandalwood Death (Translated by Howard Goldblatt. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013. ISBN 9780806143392). ^ Boxers and Saints
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Cohen, Paul A. (1997). History in three keys: the boxers as event, experience, and myth. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-10651-3.  Elliott, Jane E. (2002). Some Did It for Civilisation, Some Did It for Their Country : A Revised View of the Boxer War. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press. ISBN 9622019730.  David D. Buck, "Review", The China
Quarterly 173 (2003): 234–237. calls this a strong "revisionist" account. Edgerton, Robert B. (1997). Warriors of the rising sun: a history of the Japanese military (illustrated ed.). W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0393040852.  Esherick, Joseph W. (1987). The Origins of the Boxer Uprising. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-06459-3.  Harrington, Peter (2001). Peking 1900: The Boxer Rebellion. Oxford: Osprey. ISBN 1-84176-181-8.  Klein, Thoralf (2008). "The Boxer War-the Boxer Uprising". Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence.  Leonhard, Robert R. "The China Relief Expedition
China Relief Expedition
Joint Coalition Warfare in China
Summer 1900" (PDF). The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Retrieved 8 August 2014.  Preston, Diana (2000). The Boxer Rebellion : The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900. New York: Walker. ISBN 0802713610. . Questia pay edition; British title: Besieged in Peking: The Story of the 1900 Boxer Rising (London: Constable, 1999) Thompson, Larry Clinton (2009). William Scott Ament
William Scott Ament
and the Boxer Rebellion: Heroism, Hubris, and the "Ideal Missionary". Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 0-78645-338-9.  Xiang, Lanxin (2003). The Origins of the Boxer War: A Multinational Study. Psychology Press. ISBN 0-7007-1563-0. 

Further reading[edit] General accounts and analysis[edit] In addition to the books listed under References, general accounts can be found in such textbooks as Jonathan Spence, In Search of Modern China, pp. 230–235; Keith Schoppa, Revolution and Its Past, pp. 118–123; and Immanuel Hsu, Ch 16, "The Boxer Uprising", in The Rise of Modern China

Robert A. Bickers and R. G. Tiedemann, eds., The Boxers, China, and the World. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7425-5394-1. Robert A. Bickers, The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1800–1914 (London: Allen Lane, 2011). David D. Buck, "Recent Studies of the Boxer Movement", Chinese Studies in History 20 (1987). Introduction to a special issue of the journal devoted to translations of recent research on the Boxers in the People's Republic. Purcell, Victor (1963). The Boxer Uprising: A background study. online edition David Silbey. The Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion
and the Great Game in China. New York: Hill and Wang, 2012. 273p. ISBN 9780809094776. "In Our Time – discussion show on The Boxer Rebellion". BBC Radio4. 

Missionary experience and personal accounts[edit]

Brandt, Nat (1994). Massacre in Shansi. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 0-8156-0282-0. The story of the Oberlin missionaries at Taigu, Shanxi. Clark, Anthony E. (2015). Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press. ISBN 978-0-295-99400-0 Price, Eva Jane. China
Journal, 1889–1900: An American Missionary Family During the Boxer Rebellion, (1989). ISBN 0-684-18951-8. Review: Susanna Ashton, "Compound Walls: Eva Jane Price's Letters from a Chinese Mission, 1890–1900." Frontiers 1996 17(3): 80–94. ISSN 0160-9009. The journal of the events leading up to the deaths of the Price family. Sharf, Frederic A., and Peter Harrington (2000). China
1900: The Eyewitnesses Speak. London: Greenhill. ISBN 1-85367-410-9. Excerpts from German, British, Japanese, and American soldiers, diplomats and journalists. Sharf, Frederic A., and Peter Harrington (2000). China
1900: The Artists' Perspective. London: Greenhill. ISBN 1-85367-409-5 Bell, P, and Clements, R, (2014). Lives from a Black Tin Box ISBN 978-1-86024-931-0 The story of the Xinzhou martyrs, Shanxi Province.

Allied intervention, the Boxer War, and the aftermath[edit]

Bodin, Lynn E. and Christopher Warner. The Boxer Rebellion. London: Osprey, Men-at-Arms Series 95, 1979. ISBN 0-85045-335-6 (pbk.) Illustrated history of the military campaign. Fleming, Peter (1959). The Siege at Peking. New York: Harper. ISBN 0-88029-462-0.  Hevia, James L. "Leaving a Brand on China: Missionary Discourse in the Wake of the Boxer Movement", Modern China
18.3 (1992): 304–332. Hevia, James L. "A Reign of Terror: Punishment and Retribution in Beijing
and its Environs", Chapter 6, in English Lessons: The Pedagogy of Imperialism in Nineteenth Century China
(Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003), pp. 195–240. ISBN 0-8223-3151-9 Hunt, Michael H. "The American Remission of the Boxer Indemnity: A Reappraisal", Journal of Asian Studies 31 (Spring 1972): 539–559. Hunt, Michael H. "The Forgotten Occupation: Peking, 1900–1901", Pacific Historical Review 48.4 (November 1979): 501–529. Langer, William. The Diplomacy of Imperialism 1890–1902 (2nd ed. 1950), pp. 677–709.

Contemporary accounts and sources[edit]

Broomhall, Marshall (1901). Martyred Missionaries of The China
Inland Mission; With a Record of The Perils and Sufferings of Some Who Escaped. London: Morgan and Scott. . A contemporary account. Conger, Sarah Pike (1909), Letters from China
with Particular Reference to the Empress Dowager and the Women of China
(2nd ed.), Chicago: A.C. McClurg  E. H. Edwards, Fire and Sword in Shansi: The Story of the Martyrdom of Foreigners and Chinese Christians (New York: Revell, 1903) Isaac Taylor Headland, Chinese Heroes; Being a Record of Persecutions Endured by Native Christians in the Boxer Uprising (New York, Cincinnati: Eaton & Mains; Jennings & Pye, 1902). Arnold Henry Savage Landor, China
and the Allies (New York: Scribner's, 1901). 01008198 Google Book: [1] Pierre Loti, The Last Days of Pekin (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1902): tr. of Les Derniers Jours De Pékin (Paris: Lévy, 1900). W. A. P. Martin, The Siege in Peking, China
against the World (New York: F. H. Revell company, 1900). Putnam Weale, Bertram Lenox, (1907). Indiscreet Letters from Peking: Being the Notes of an Eyewitness, Which Set Forth in Some Detail, From Day to Day, The Real Story of the Siege and Sack of a Distressed Capital in 1900– The Year of Great Tribulation. Dodd, Mead. Free ebook. Project Gutenberg. Arthur H.Smith, China
in Convulsion (New York: F. H. Revell Co., 1901). Vol. I An account of the Boxers and the siege by a missionary who had lived in a North China
North China

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Fourth Muscovite–Lithuanian War
(1512–22) Fifth Muscovite–Lithuanian War (1534–37) Russo-Crimean Wars Russo-Kazan Wars Russo-Swedish War (1554–57) Livonian War Russian Conquest of Siberia (1580–1747) Russo-Swedish War (1590–95) Polish–Muscovite War (1605–18)
Polish–Muscovite War (1605–18)
and the Time of Troubles Ingrian War Smolensk War Russo-Persian War (1651–53) Sino-Russian border conflicts
Sino-Russian border conflicts
(1652–89) Russo-Polish War (1654–67) Second Northern War Russo-Turkish War (1676–81) Russo-Turkish War (1686–1700)

18th–19th century

Great Northern War Russo-Turkish War (1710–11) Russo-Persian War (1722–23) War of the Polish Succession
War of the Polish Succession
(1733–38) Austro-Russian–Turkish War (1735–39) War of the Austrian Succession
War of the Austrian Succession
(1740–48) Russo-Swedish War (1741–43) Seven Years' War Russo-Turkish War (1768–74) Bar Confederation Russo-Turkish War (1787–92) Russo-Swedish War (1788–90) Russo-Polish War (1792) Kościuszko Uprising Russo-Persian War (1796) War of the Second Coalition War of the Third Coalition Russo-Persian War (1804–13) War of the Fourth Coalition Russo-Turkish War (1806–12) Anglo-Russian War Finnish War War of the Fifth Coalition French invasion of Russia War of the Sixth Coalition War of the Seventh Coalition Russian conquest of the Caucasus Caucasian War

Russo-Circassian War Murid War

Russo-Persian War (1826–28) Russo-Turkish War (1828–29) November Uprising Russian conquest of Bukhara Hungarian Revolution of 1848 Crimean War January Uprising Russo-Turkish War (1877–78) Boxer Rebellion

Russian invasion of Manchuria

20th century

Russo-Japanese War Russian Invasion of Tabriz, 1911 World War I Russian Civil War Ukrainian–Soviet War Finnish Civil War Heimosodat Soviet westward offensive of 1918–19

Estonian War of Independence Latvian War of Independence Lithuanian–Soviet War

Polish–Soviet War Red Army invasion of Azerbaijan Red Army invasion of Armenia Red Army invasion of Georgia Red Army intervention in Mongolia Sino-Soviet conflict (1929) Soviet–Japanese border conflicts Soviet invasion of Xinjiang Xinjiang War (1937) World War II

Soviet invasion of Poland Winter War Soviet occupation of the Baltic states (1940) Continuation War Eastern Front (World War II) Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran Soviet–Japanese War

Guerrilla war in the Baltic states Ili Rebellion First Indochina War Korean War Hungarian Revolution of 1956 Eritrean War of Independence War of Attrition Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia Sino-Soviet border conflict Vietnam War Ogaden War South African Border War Soviet–Afghan War


Nagorno-Karabakh War Transnistria War Georgian Civil War Tajikistani Civil War Russo-Georgian War Intervention in Ukraine

Annexation of Crimea War in Donbass

Intervention in Syria

Military history of Russia Russian Winter Russian Revolution Cold War Sphere of influence

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Armed conflicts involving the United States
United States
Armed Forces

listed chronologically


Shays' Rebellion Whiskey Rebellion Fries's Rebellion Mormon War Dorr Rebellion Bleeding Kansas Utah War Civil War Indian Wars Brooks–Baxter War Range War Lincoln County War Johnson County War Coal Creek War Homestead strike Battle of Blair Mountain Bonus Army Battle of Athens


Revolutionary War Quasi-War First Barbary War War of 1812 Second Barbary War First Sumatran expedition Second Sumatran expedition Ivory Coast Expedition Mexican–American War First Fiji Expedition Second Opium War Second Fiji Expedition Formosa Expedition Korean Expedition Spanish–American War Philippine–American War Boxer Rebellion Banana Wars Border War World War I Russian Civil War World War II Korean War Vietnam War U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic Invasion of Grenada Lebanese Civil War Invasion of Panama Gulf War Somali Civil War Bosnian War Kosovo War Afghanistan War Iraq War War in North-West Pakistan Libyan Civil War Intervention against ISIL

Iraq Syria Cameroon Libya

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