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Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer Rebellion was an important part of Chinese History, as it proved the downfall of the Qing Dynasty.
  • March 1898: Boxer activity begins in response to German and British
occupations and the failure of the Imperial Court's Self-Strengthening Movement.They are oppressed by both the Qing Dynasty and the foreigners, as they seek tooverthrow all foreigners, and the Qing Dynasty was Manchu.
  • July 1898: Emperor Guangxu begins the Hundred Days Reform, which ended in a
coup d'etat led by conservative forces.
  • October 1898: As a result of the conservative shift in the Imperial Government,
the Boxer's switch their focus from anti-government slogans to foreign groups,such as the China Inland Mission.
  • January 1900: After foreigners arrive in China and place demands to allow the
Qing to give their economic and political authority to foreign nations, Cixi isforced to declare war on all foreigners.
  • June 1900: The Boxers, supported by Imperial Troops, attack several foreign
compounds in Tianjin and Peking
  • June 10, 1900: 2,000 Marines, led by British Vice Admiral Edward Seymour
begin moving toward Peking
  • June 19, 1900: Facing stiff resistance, Seymour's forces begin their retreat
  • June 20, 1900: The envoy of the German Empire, Klemens Freiherr von Ketteler,
is murdered by a soldier of the Imperial Army
  • June 21, 1900: In response to demands from allied forces for redress, Empress
Dowager Cixi declares war on foreign powers in China but regional governors failto support her
  • June 25, 1900: The First Intervention force, led by Seymour, finally completes
it's retreat back to Tianjin
  • July 17, 1900: The Eight-Nation Alliance, which had been building since June,
finally secures Tianjin.
  • July 27, 1900: Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany orders his soldiers to "make the
name German remembered in China for a thousand years so that no Chinamanwill ever again dare to even squint at a German," and to “behave as Huns”, anedict that much of the allied force takes to heart.
  • August 4, 1900: 20,000 of the 52,000 allied troops begin their march to Peking,
facing minimal resistance as the Boxers melted away.
  • August 14, 1900: After fighting through humid temperatures up to 110 degrees
Fahrenheit, the allied forces capture Peking.
  • September 7, 1901: The Qing court is forced to sign the "Boxer Protocol",ordering for the execution of ten high ranking officials and tthe payment of over 333 million US dollars in reparations. This would prevent the Qing from ever modernizing.
Boxer Rebellion. Digital image. Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Nov. 2013. Web. 16 Nov. 2013.


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