- Paperback: 410 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (August 18, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520064593
- ISBN-13: 978-0520064591
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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."--Prasenjit Duara, "International History Review
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The Christian missionaries, particularly Catholic missionaries, and their complex impact on Shandong society, often considerably exacerbating local and regional tensions. These impacts occurred in the context of the weakening Qing state and general awareness of the depredations of foreign powers in Northeast China. The uprising itself is shown to result from a convergence of factors, including great local distress due to floods and harvest failures, the decline of the Qing state, absence of strong local gentry leadership in the relevant region of Shandong, the spread of martial arts rituals influenced strongly by popular religion, and inadvertant encouragement by local Qing officials.
Esherick also shows how these local and regional events interacted with politics in the Qing court and internationally to ultimately provide the diffuse Boxer movement with official recognition, greatly magnifying the impact of the what was originally a local movement. The product of a great deal of careful research and analysis, this is a well written and analytically strong work. At the end of the book, Esherick provides some useful and interesting comparative commentary.