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The Origins of the Boxer Uprising

by Joseph W. Esherick

The Origins of the Boxer Uprising Synopsis

In the summer of 1900, bands of peasant youths from the villages of north China streamed into Beijing to besiege the foreign legations, attracting the attention of the entire world. Joseph Esherick reconstructs the early history of the Boxers, challenging the traditional view that they grew from earlier anti-dynastic sects, and stressing instead the impact of social ecology and popular culture.

The Origins of the Boxer Uprising Press Reviews

A challenging revisionist account which provides the most satisfactory insight into the nature of the Boxer phenomenon currently available in the West. * Times Higher Education * A fine example of Chinese provincial history as well as a timely attempt to rethink some of the issues underlying the 1911 revolution. * History * Joseph Esherick has succeeded. . . .in both describing and analyzing the Boxer movement in a much more complete and satisfactory manner than anyone else. * The Historian * A superbly researched book. . . . Not only do we get the Chinese (and Boxer) side of the story for the first time, we also get a much more complex view of the relations between the foreign powers, the missionaries and the Chinese court during the last years of the 19th century. * International History Review * With this outstanding volume, Joseph Esherick has repaired one of the most glaring omissions in the scholarly canon....[A] solid and provactive inquiry into this critically important event. * Journal of Asian History * One of the most stimulating scholarly works of the past decade in Chinese historical studies. It sets high standards of research, analysis and interpretation. Moreover, it will remain for many years not only the standard work on the first part of the Boxer movement, but a model of careful, convincing yet dramatically revisionist history. * American Historical Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780520064591
Publication date: 1st July 1992
Author: Joseph W. Esherick
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 410 pages
Categories: Asian history,

About Joseph W. Esherick

Joseph Esherick is Professor of History, University of Oregon, and author of Reform and Revolution in China: The 1911 Revolution in Hunan and Hubei (California, 1976).

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