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Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China, The


Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China, The

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    David Silbey J.(Author)
The year is 1900, and Western empires are locked in entanglements across the globe. The British are losing a bitter war against the Boers while the German Kaiser is busy building a vast new navy. The United States is struggling to put down an insurgency in the South Pacific while the upstart imperialist Japan begins to make clear to neighbouring Russia its territorial ambition. In China, a perennial pawn in the Great Game, a mysterious group of superstitious peasants is launching attacks on the Western powers they fear are corrupting their country. These ordinary Chinese - called Boxers by the West because of their martial arts showmanship - rise up seemingly out of nowhere. Foreshadowing the insurgencies of our recent past, they lack a centralized leadership and instead tap into latent nationalism and deep economic frustration to build their army. Many scholars brush off the Boxer Rebellion as an ill-conceived and easily defeated revolt, but in The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China, the military historian David J. Silbey shows just how close the Boxers came to beating back the combined might of the imperial powers. Drawing on the diaries and letters of allied soldiers and diplomats, he paints a vivid portrait of the war. Although their cause ended just as quickly as it began, the Boxers would inspire Chinese nationalists-including a young Mao Zedong-for decades to come.

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • David Silbey J.(Author)
  • Hill and Wang (1 May 2013)
  • English
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  • By Guest on 23 June 2017

    I paid £10.99 for a new copy. The one I received was second hand, with a scuffed cover and pages inside turned down by previous readers.

  • By The Moonraker on 11 March 2013

    An excellent new book on the Boxer Uprising for anyone new to the subject. Written in a fast pacy style (not what you might expect from an academic!) it rattles along, telling the fascinating tale of this tragic instance of Western Imperialism. Some new insights bring the story right up to date. I have read a great deal on the subject, probably all the books in English, and many in other languages too, and I'd have no hesitation in recommending it as the best book for someone wanting to find out what happened - and gain an understanding of why the Chinese hate us. When you've read this you will realize they have every reason to!

  • By Stretford End Groundside on 13 October 2015

    A fascinating and eminently readable account of a war, easily overlooked or dismissed in the West. And never forgotten in the Chinese psyche but which continues to resonate to this day.Good in every aspect, bar the lack of maps.

  • By Kindle Customer on 12 May 2016

    It could have benefited from more military details. Maps of the campaign would have greatly helped.

  • By Tero Stenman on 1 September 2014

    Good book if you knew nothing about the Boxer uprising

  • By j davidson on 6 February 2016

    A little deep in stats but a good read

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