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The Meiji Restoration and Boxer Rebellion

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Nathan Chio

on 7 March 2014

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Transcript of The Meiji Restoration and Boxer Rebellion

Changing Defensively
attempts to "catch up" to the West
military, industry
Westernization vs. Modernization
can one borrow from the West without becoming westernized?
The Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901
Anger in China over:
drought followed by floods
anger at Christian missionaries
unequal trade treaties with European powers
resentment at attempts to modernize [schooling, exams, industry, government]
China's defeat by Japan [1894-1895] and in Opium Wars
The Boxers
Boxers - The Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists
a combination of martial arts, prayer [Buddhist and Daoist], training and diet.
believed this would bring them extraordinary powers [flight, impervious to bullets]
smashed railway and telegraph lines, attacked foreigners and Christians [Chinese and otherwise].
8 Nation Coalition Sent in to Stop Boxers
Japan, Russia, UK, France, US, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy
Combined force of 30,000
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