The Origins of the Boxer War: A Multinational Study

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Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 382 pages
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This is the first book to provide a panoramic view of the origins of the Boxer War. Comprehensively examining this historical conundrum of the 20th century from a detached perspective, the book is based on ten years of exhaustive research of both unpublished and published materials from all nine countries involved. Analysing the misunderstanding between the Chinese and foreign governments of the day, Lanxin Xiang debunks the traditional view that the anti-foreign Empress Dowager of the Chinese Empire was chiefly responsible for this catastrophic episode which altered the course of 20th century China's relationship with the west.
  

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Contents

The Court out of Balance
1
The Barbarians out of Control
26
Imperialism German Style
52
Italy The Theatrical Performance
79
The Eruption in Shandong
104
Two Problems of Communication
129
The Threat of Force
155
The Road to Confrontation
181
The Road to War
231
Admiral SeeNoMore
256
The Undeclared War
281
The Expulsion
306
Who Killed Baron Ketteler?
331
Concluding Remarks
353
Bibliography
358
Index
378

The Legation Guards and the End of Suppression
206

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Xiang is Associate Professor of International History at The Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

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