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Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies pres.

The Ghosts of 1900: The Brutal Boxer Rising and the Civilized World's Savage Revenge

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine

Boxer Rebellion Political Cartoon, 1900 Boxer Rebellion Political Cartoon, 1900
Boxer Rebellion Political Cartoon, 1900
Abstract: This illustrated talk will focus on the Chinese Crisis of 1900, which began with Boxer insurgents attacking Christians and ended with an international army marching under eight foreign flags invading and then laying waste to much of North China. The focus will be on placing these events into a robustly international framework, which takes into account the complex links between the violence in China and insurrections, massacres, and wars that had recently occurred or were taking place simultaneously in other parts of the world.

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom's most recent books are "China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know" and "Chinese Characters: Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land," which he co-edited with Angilee Shah. In addition to his appointment at the University of California, Irvine, he is editor of the Journal of Asian Studies; one of the two Asia editors of the Los Angeles Review of Books; a member of Dissent's editorial board; and an associate fellow at the Asia Society. He has contributed commentaries and reviews to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and various other newspapers and to magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and the Nation.

Free and open to the public.

An Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies special event presented in collaboration with the Association for Asian Studies with support from the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. Made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.

Image: Presient McKinley and Uncle Sam react to the Boxer Rebellion in China, illustration by W.A. Rogers for Harper’s, 1900 (authentichistory.com).
Boxer Rebellion Political Cartoon, 1900 Boxer Rebellion Political Cartoon, 1900
Boxer Rebellion Political Cartoon, 1900

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