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The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China’s War on Foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 (Diana Preston, 2000) spacer The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China’s War on Foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 (Diana Preston, 2000)
BY: Denis Haack
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In 1900, the Boxer Rebellion rippled like a violent earthquake through China. For years there had been simmering discontent over the flood of Westerners who had arrived with their technology, Christianity, and culture. Western powers forced concessions from the Empress, and their innovations brought massive changes to a way of life that was rooted in traditions that stretched back over hundreds of years. Then, a violent, mystical movement began in the countryside, and swept across China, terrorizing the foreigners. No one imagined that these Boxers—as they were called, contemptuously by the Westerners—would so quickly become a movement which would require a multi-national military force to suppress.

In The Boxer Rebellion, Oxford-trained historian Diana Preston tells this story which is of interest for two reasons: because so many missionaries were martyred during the uprising, and because this was the first multi-national peace-keeping force in which America took part. The book reads like a novel, and eerily parallels the daily news.

Book Reviewed
The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China’s War on Foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 by Diana Preston (New York, NY: Berkley Books; 1999, 2000) 360 pp. + notes + index.


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Denis Haack
Denis is the author of The Rest of Success: What the World Didn’t Tell You About Having It All and has written articles for such journals as Reformation & Revival Journal, Eternity, Covenant, and World. He holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis.
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