The Boxer Rebellion: Background information when reading Rebellion

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reading Guide |  Reviews |  Beyond the Book |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

Rebellion

by Molly Patterson

Rebellion by Molly Patterson X
Rebellion by Molly Patterson
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

     Not Yet Rated
  • First Published:
    Aug 2017, 560 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 2018, 512 pages

  • Rate this book


Book Reviewed by:
Chris Fredrick
Buy This Book

About this Book

The Boxer Rebellion

This article relates to Rebellion

Print Review

One of the main characters in Rebellion is a Protestant missionary to China in the 1890s, who goes missing during the Boxer Rebellion.

Though not nearly as old as Confucianism, Christianity existed in China as early as the seventh century, but the presence of Christianity in the country varied widely as Nestorian Christian, Roman Catholic, and Russian Orthodox groups fell in and out of favor with Chinese rulers. The Protestant branch arrived through missionaries beginning in the 1800s.

In the late 1890s, a secret group of Chinese rebels, the Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists, began attacking Christian missionaries and the Chinese who had converted to Christianity. They began their resistance in the north, but eventually made their way to the country's capital of Peking (now Beijing), laying siege to the official quarters of foreign diplomats.

Westerners nicknamed the rebel group "Boxers" because its members performed ritualistic exercises that resembled shadow boxing. Many Boxers were peasants from the Shandong province, an area that had suffered from famine, flooding, and territorial concessions China made to European interests. The Boxers connected their low standard of living to the new influx of foreigners. Though the rebel movement had its roots in the Shandong province, it attracted members from all over the country, gaining support from anti-imperialist interests and fueling nationalist sentiment against foreigners and Christianity.

Both foreign Christian missionaries and Christian converts were killed; property including Christian churches and railroads was destroyed. By some estimates, several hundred foreigners and several thousand Chinese Christians were killed. The Boxer Rebellion ended when an international force of 20,000 troops from Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States defeated the rebels. The agreement that formally ended the rebellion heavily punished China monetarily and those directly involved in the uprising.

Picture of Boxer Rebellion from U.S. Library of Congress

Article by Chris Fredrick

This "beyond the book article" relates to Rebellion. It originally ran in September 2017 and has been updated for the August 2018 paperback edition.

This review is available to non-members for a limited time. For full access become a member today.
Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" backstories
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year
  • More about membership!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Lost Children Archive
    Lost Children Archive
    by Valeria Luiselli
    Lost Children Archive is a feast of language and storytelling that chronicles a family road trip ...
  • Book Jacket: The World According to Fannie Davis
    The World According to Fannie Davis
    by Bridgett M. Davis
    Devoted daughter Bridgett M. Davis was always inspired by her mother Fannie, who provided stability,...
  • Book Jacket: Territory of Light
    Territory of Light
    by Yuko Tsushima
    Set in Tokyo during the late 1970s, Yūko Tsushima's Territory of Light chronicles a year in the...
  • Book Jacket: Unmarriageable
    Unmarriageable
    by Soniah Kamal
    Soniah Kamal makes no secret of the fact that her novel Unmarriageable is a retelling of Jane Austen...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
The Half-Life of Everything
by Deborah Carol Gang

A beautifully written and uplifting debut novel.

About the book
Join the discussion!

Readers Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    The Lost Man
    by Jane Harper

    A stunning standalone novel from New York Times bestseller Jane Harper.
    Reader Reviews

  • Book Jacket

    The Night Tiger
    by Yangsze Choo

    "Wonderfully combines a Holmes-esque plot with Chinese lore."
    --PW, starred review
    Reader Reviews

Win this book!
Win The Climate Report

The Climate Report

"The most comprehensive assessment of the effects of climate change on the United States."
–The New York Times

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

B I I T Eye O T B

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.