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Fire in a Distant Heaven: The Boxer Uprising as a Domestic Crisis in the United States

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2014
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This thesis examines the Boxer Uprising which took place in China around the turn of the twentieth century as a domestic crisis in the United States and the means through which different factions within America shaped the popular perception of the event. It argues that American and Chinese interest groups successfully managed the crisis by developing a narrative that served to further their own interests. These efforts were geared towards convincing an uncertain American public of the necessity and righteousness of particular ways to respond to the crisis. The primary factor in this narrative was a malleable ideal of civilization centered on American concepts of industry, Christianity, and democracy. This thesis maintains that the print media of the day was the essential element for the distribution of this message, which allowed for an explanation to the crisis, the protection of Chinese citizens within the United States, justification for American actions abroad, and a speedy return to the status quo.
Title: Fire in a Distant Heaven: The Boxer Uprising as a Domestic Crisis in the United States.
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Name(s): Fandino, Daniel, Author
Zhang, Hong, Committee Chair
Lyons, Amelia, Committee Member
Kallina, Edmund, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis examines the Boxer Uprising which took place in China around the turn of the twentieth century as a domestic crisis in the United States and the means through which different factions within America shaped the popular perception of the event. It argues that American and Chinese interest groups successfully managed the crisis by developing a narrative that served to further their own interests. These efforts were geared towards convincing an uncertain American public of the necessity and righteousness of particular ways to respond to the crisis. The primary factor in this narrative was a malleable ideal of civilization centered on American concepts of industry, Christianity, and democracy. This thesis maintains that the print media of the day was the essential element for the distribution of this message, which allowed for an explanation to the crisis, the protection of Chinese citizens within the United States, justification for American actions abroad, and a speedy return to the status quo.
Identifier: CFE0005489 (IID), ucf:50337 (fedora)
Note(s): 2014-12-01
M.A.
Arts and Humanities, History
Masters
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Subject(s): Boxer Uprising -- Civilization -- Print Media -- Sino-American Relations
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0005489
Restrictions on Access: public 2014-12-15
Host Institution: UCF

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