Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900

Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900


By (author) Diana Preston

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 436 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 28mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0425180840
  • ISBN 13: 9780425180846
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 205,058

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Chinese peasants chafed against the foreign technologies and ideas that the imperialists introduced. Then a new movement-mystical, materialistic, and virulently anti-Christian-began to spread among them like wildfire. The foreigners laughed at the peasants' martial-arts routines and nicknamed them "the Boxers"-never imagining that the group, with the backing of China's empress dowager, would soon terrorize the world...This acclaimed account of the Boxer Rebellion, by an Oxford-trained historian, is an important new addition to every shelf of high-quality, highly accessible history.

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Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer, and broadcaster who lives in London, England. She is the author of The Road to Culloden Moor: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the '45 Rebellion and A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole.

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"Enthralling."--The New Yorker "With meticulous research and passionate style, Diana Preston recreates the tragedy that consumed China a century ago."--Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking "An outstanding popular history that also passes muster as first-rate historical research."--Booklist "Fascinating...penned with an obvious addiction to the delicious little details of history: whimsical, outrageous and macabre."--The Washington Post "A dramatic narrative that can be read on the beach or in the classroom...well-researched and lavishly descriptive accounts."--The Christian Science Monitor "Highly readable history."--The Wall Street Journal "Compelling...Briskly paced and carefully researched, its drama is replete with curious characters."--The Boston Globe "A nail-biting example of narrative history at its best...Preston knows precisely which colorful details will spice up this masterful mix of history, gossip, crystal-clear military strategy and ironic observations about colonial and imperial politiciking--and she keeps the pot at an irresistibly lively boil throughout." "Tremendously exciting."--The Christian Science Monitor "Diana Preston's dramatic retelling of the summer-long siege of the Peking foreign district 100 years ago--'a pivotal episode in China's fractured relationship with the West'--does much to clarify China's enduring resentment toward foreign interference...Preston's account, compiled from the many letters, diaries, and memoirs by European survivors of the siege, captures an odd strain of mordant humor."--The New York Times Book Review "A colorful and well-presented treatment of a crucial turning point in history." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Well-researched and well-told...brings to light the details of this obscure yet culturally significant event. Her stirring account, culled from the letters, diaries, and memoirs of the foreign su