The Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer Rebellion was an anti-imperialist uprising in China. It took place between 1899-1901, toward the end of the Qing Dynasty. It was led by a militia group Yihetuan, known in English as "Boxers."
The Boxers were motivated by proto-nationalist sentiments. They were opposed to the imperialist expansion associated with christian missionary activity.
The rebellion took place due to the encroachment of America and European nations. For several months European and Christian presence grew in Northern China.
Boxer fighters converged on Beijing. They used the slogan "Support Qing government and exterminate the foreigners!" to strengthen their cause. Foreigners and Chinese Christians fled to the Legation Quarter for refuge.
Empress Dowager Cixi supported the Boxers, declaring war on the foreign powers. The refugees were then put under siege by the Imperial Army of China.
The Eight Nation Alliance, including Japan, Russia, The UK, France, The United States, Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy, brought 20,000 armed troops into China.
Defeating the Imperial Army, they Captured Beijing on August 14, lifting the siege of Legations. Suspected Boxer fighters were executed.
The Boxer Protocol of September 7, 1901 initiated the execution of government officials who supported the boxers, and the provisions for foreign troops to be stationed in Beijing.
The Boxer Rebellion marks a dark time in the history of China due to anti-religious believes.

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