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A Brief History of the Boxer Rebellion

China's War on Foreigners, 1900

By Diana Preston

  • Paperback
  • £14.99

Fuelled by hatred of foreigners and all they stood for, the ferocious uprising of Chinese peasants and ensuing siege of Peking in the summer of 1900 sent shockwaves around the world. Diana Preston brings thundering to life this 55-day conflict between the 'Boxers', so-called for their martial-arts skills, and the Westerners - such as the young Herbert Hoover - they terrorized.

Biographical Notes

Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, broadcaster and author of several books. She lives in London.

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  • ISBN: 9781841194905
  • Publication date: 28 Mar 2002
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Robinson
'With meticulous research and passionate style, Diana Preston recreates the tragedy that consumed China a century ago.' - Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking - 'Fascinating... penned with an obvious addiction to the delicious little details of history: whimsical, outrageous, and macabre.' - Washington Post - 'Outstanding... first-rate historical research — Booklist
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