The Boxer Rebellion (2. Assess the significance of a key event involving China and a European power, using sources to identify different perspectives of the event)

The Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer Rebellion was a highly brutal war that took place in China just after the Qing Dynasty between 1898 and 1900.  It was initiated by the Militia United in Righteousness (Yihetuan), known in English as the “Boxers”, and was motivated by proto-nationalist sentiments and opposition to foreign imperialism and Christianity. The Great Powers intervened and defeated Chinese forces. It was not a rebellion against their Qing rulers. Instead, it was an uprising against European traders, merchants and Christian missionaries.

After three months, the rebellion was finally crushed by the military superiority of the foreign powers, with reinforcements sent from eight countries: Austria–Hungary, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States. Britain’s force included Sikh soldiers from India, and sailors and soldiers from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

– The areas of northern China directly affected by the Boxer Rebellion.

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– Japanese troops, part of the international force, with the bodies of executed Boxer prisoners.

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