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The Chinese Crises of 1900: Drought, Insurrection, and Invasion in the Year of the Boxers
Start Date: 9/26/2013Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Date: 9/26/2013End Time: 6:30 PM
Event Description
This illustrated talk, given by Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of History at UC Irvine, will focus on the Boxer Crisis of 1900, looking at how it has been linked to "catastrophes" of different sorts. The anti-Christian Boxers were inspired to take action initially in part because of a natural catastrophe, in the form of a devastating drought, which they claimed was due to local gods being angered by the worship of a foreign deity. Once the Boxers laid siege to the foreign legations in Beijing, some Western commentators, influenced by the time's Yellow Peril notions, began to fixate on the idea that the rising could have a catastrophic impact on all of Christendom. Finally, due to the brutal measures used to suppress the Boxers, the foreign invasion that lifted the siege of Beijing have come to be seen in China as having had catastrophic consequences for the country. Among the themes Professor Wasserstrom will address are the ways that these different catastrophic sides of the events of 1900 have been emphasized and downplayed in Chinese and Western presentations of the Boxer Crisis in textbooks, journalism, and various forms of popular media, from films and novels to performances by Buffalo Bill's troupe and an episode of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show. Also to be explored are the ways that memories of and stories about the Boxers have affected Chinese relations with the West up to the present.
Location Information:
Main Campus - Eaton Humanities  (View Map)
1610 PLEASANT ST
Boulder, CO
Room: 250
Contact Information:
Name: Patricia Helfenbein
Phone: 303-735-5122
Email: casevent@colorado.edu
The Chinese Crises of 1900
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