The Origins of the Boxer Uprising

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University of California Press, 1988年8月18日 - 410 頁
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.

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I absolutely love this book. It was the first book in English to critically consider the factors behind the Boxer Uprising, and also was a jarringly clear analysis of the role of missionaries, pushing the levers of power through their ambassadors, in fomenting hatred of the foreigner in Shandong. 閱讀評論全文

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第 71 頁 - ... only enough to enable the family to purchase the barest necessities of life, and to provide more cotton for the unintermittent weaving, which sometimes goes on by relays all day and most of the night. But now, through the " bright outlook " for foreign cotton goods, there is no market for the native product, as there has always been hitherto. The factors for the wholesale dealers no longer make their appearance as they have always done from time immemorial, and there is no profit in the laborious...
第 83 頁 - Roman Catholic missionaries, when residing away from the open ports, claim to occupy a semi-official position, which places them on an equality with the provincial officer ; that they deny the authority of the Chinese officials over native Christians, which practically removes this class from the jurisdiction of their own rulers ; that their action in this regard shields the native Christians from the penalties of the law, and thus holds out inducements for the lawless to join the Catholic Church,...
第 408 頁 - Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1983); Jonathan Spence, The Question ofHu (New York: Knopf, 1988).
第 71 頁 - ... fitted as a fish for air-breathing. Matches from foreign lands, kerosene oil, with the lamps of diversified varieties, have displaced Chinese industries on a great scale, with social consequences which it is impossible to follow in detail. One reads in the reports to the directors of steamship...
第 75 頁 - They would grant- nothing unless fear stimulated their sense of justice, for they are among ihe most craven of people, cruel and selfish as heathenism can make men, so we must be backed by force if we wish them to listen to reason.
第 71 頁 - ... engulfed by a tidal wave caused by an earthquake or by the sudden or gradual subsidence of the coast. Yet there are many others who know perfectly well that before foreign trade came in to disturb the ancient order of things, there was in ordinary years enough to eat and to wear, whereas now there is a scarcity in every direction, with a prospect of worse to come.

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Joseph W. Esherick is Emeritus Professor, History at University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey through Chinese History (UC Press) and co-editor of Chinese Local Elites and Patterns of Dominance and The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History, among many books.

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