Consequences Of The Boxer Rebellion

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By the turn of the 20th century, China was in Social, Economic and Political turmoil. The Manchu Government was highly unpopular amongst the Chinese people, and was seen as one of the main reasons why China was in such a problematic position. The Boxer Rebellion was a major event in the late days of the Qing Dynasty. Formed by people that practiced boxing, their main aim was to free China from foreign encroachment. Evidence will be given concerning the causes of the Boxer rebellion, which will be analysed and broken up into Long-term, short-term and immediate causes. The Consequences of the rebellion will also be looked at, where the evidence will be split into immediate consequences and long-term consequences.
There were numerous immediate causes that can be related to the boxer rebellion. First there were two major famines that occurred in the northern part of the Jiangsu province. Secondly, in 1897, members of the Big Sword society murdered two German missionaries, which resulted in an angry retaliation by the Germans, who seized Jiaozhou and burned down the villages in reprisal. This caused the Boxers to change their focus on bringing down the Manchu Dynasty to expelling the foreign powers from China. The Final cause, which ignited the war, was in fact due to a conspiracy. By this point, the Boxers have gained the support of the Empress Cixi and thus the support of the imperial court. There, a pro-Boxer faction falsely informed the Empress that the foreign Diplomats
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