Collection SC357 - Boxer Rebellion photograph collection

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Boxer Rebellion photograph collection

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  • ca. 1900 (Creation)

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1 v. (50 photographs)

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The album was given to Allan Brooks (donor) by Ann Forest, niece of Mr. Barker (original owner?). The album reflects a Western view of the hostilities and is captioned with printed titles - indicating that it may have been sold as collector's item. The Boxer Rebellion (1900), officially supported peasant uprising that attempted expunge foreign control over China. "Boxers" was the foreign name for the Chinese secret society known as the I-ho ch'√ľan ("Righteous and Harmonious Fists"). The group engaged in boxing and other rituals, believing they gave them supernatural powers. In 1899 the Boxers were attacking Christian converts and Western missionaries, and in May 1900, Boxer bands were pervasive in the Peking environs. In June 1900 a foreign force of 2,100 left Tientsin port for Peking. On Aug. 14, 1900, the force captured Peking, relieving the foreigners and Christians besieged there since June 20. While foreign troops looted the capital, the empress dowager and her court fled to Sian, leaving behind a few Imperial princes to conduct the negotiations. After extensive discussions, a protocol was finally signed in September 1901, ending the hostilities and providing for reparations to be made to the foreign powers.

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The collection consists of a photograph album in an Japanese decorated lacquer case, done in the accordion manner. The two figures on the case have ivory heads inset. The album contains fifty 9.5 x 7.5 black and white photographs taken during the early part of the Boxer Rebellion, commencing in June 3 1900. It includes pictures of the destruction houses, larger buildings, railway lines, the capture of Chinese prisoners and various English, German and Japanese troops. Each photograph has its own typeset legend underneath

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Beijing (China)--History--Siege, 1900; China--History--Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901--Pictorial works

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Revised by JF, June 19, 2013.

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