The Boxer Rebellion: The Struggle for Power, Influence and Territory
6 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2012
Date Written: February 17, 2012
The Boxer Rebellion originated in the northwest region of China’s Shantung peninsula at turn of the twentieth century. In many ways it represented the reaction of a nation desperately trying to avoid becoming the object of imperialism. From the “Opium Wars” to the “Sino-Japanese War” China had suffered humiliation from foreign nations for more than half a century. A path of concession seemed to be the only choice available for Chinese officials wanting to minimize the human casualties of war. However, the price of concession would eventually presume the elimination of China’s orthodox religious traditions as a result of the unabated proselytizing by the Catholic Church. This potentiality finally united a number of Chinese officials with members and sympathizers of the “Spirit Boxers” who launched the infamous “Boxer Rebellion”. The origin of this rebellion appears to be inextricably linked to the social, economic and religious conditions that have historically shaped the entire Shantung region, making it the starting point of this investigation.
Keywords: china, boxer rebellion, catholic church, spirit boxers, religious, opium wars, sino-japanese war, shantung region, chinese officials
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