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The previous unit followed the rise of the Boxer movement in the countryside and discussed its origin. This unit describes the war between the foreigners and the Qing and Boxer forces; the siege of the legations in Beijing; and the occupation, looting, and massacre that followed. These dramatic events captured the attention of media around the world; pamphlets and pictures appealed to the Chinese rural population. We explore here the battle of images that defined this crucial moment in China’s confrontation with Western powers at the turn of the century.

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