To free China from the intrusion of aliens? Photography and the public history of the Boxer Uprising

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    This paper explores Western responses to the Boxer Uprising through photography of the conflict and its aftermath. Between 1899 and 1901, tens of thousands of Chinese and several thousand foreigners died during a series of anti-Western uprisings in China. The conflict was documented not just by professional photographers, but also by a significant number of amateur photographers living in China at the turn of the century. This paper helps to reconstruct Westerners’ response to the conflict by focusing on photography for and by Westerners living in China.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusUnpublished - 25 May 2018
    EventPeople's Histories? Photography, Public History and Museums - Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
    Duration: 25 May 201825 May 2018


    ConferencePeople's Histories? Photography, Public History and Museums
    CountryUnited Kingdom
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