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The Chinese Boxer Rebellion- Around 1900 after many years of succumbing to the superior military of the West the Chinese stood up for their country China was a weak backwards country exploited by the West They felt that they could counter the foreign domination but reforms were useless because they needed the West to help with the reforms But something sparked their confidence and they believed themselves to be able to conquer any foreign power This spark was the Society of Harmonious Fists commonly known as Boxers Combined with unhappy people and new weapons technology the Chinese rebelled against the foreign powers The first reason of this confidence was the Boxer Society which formed in North China after the Sino-Japanese war but wasnt well known until 1898 in Shantung This organization was actually a cult following strange and absurd practices of defense It had no central leaders and the practices varied in different locations Their goal was to rid China of the foreign menace The boxers were different from most other rebels of their time They would conduct public physical exercises that were supposed to make a magical shield to protect one against foreign bullets and shells These looked similar to a boxers training exercises so the westerners nicknamed the members of the Society of Harmonious Fists Boxers Rather then using foreign weapons they relied on magical spirits and swords knives staves and polearms to drive the foreign devils from their precious home country The membership of this group consisted of mostly the criminals poor and illiterate of China who wore a simple uniform consisting of a red armband sash or waistcloth These people truly believed that magic would protect them and help remove the foreigners from China That gave them enough confidence to
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