This illustrated talk will examine the Chinese crisis of 1900, which began with anti-Christian militants attacking churches and villages, included the famous 55 day siege of Beijing's foreign legations, and ended with an international invasion and military occupation of North China. Themes examined will include the widely varied opinions on the Chinese crisis of prominent figures of the day, from Tolstoy and Tagore to Teddy Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill, and the ways that the Boxers and their enemies have been portrayed in everything from poem and plays to films and graphic novels.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor's Professor of History at UC Irvine and editor of the Journal of Asian Studies. He is the author of five books, including Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo (Penguin 2016), and is the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China. In addition to his scholarly writing, he contributes regularly to newspapers, magazines, and blogs.
Free and open to the public.