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Story of the Siege Hospital in Peking, and Diary of Events from May to August, 1900 (Dodo Press)
Ransome, Jessie

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Miss Jessie Molyneux Ransome, Deaconess (? -1905) belonged to the Church of England Mission in Peking. Story of the Siege Hospital in Peking, and Diary of Events From May to August, 1900 records her experience of the events surrounding the Boxer Rebellion. The Boxer Rebellion, more properly called the Boxer Uprising, or the Righteous Harmony Society Movement, was a violent anti-imperialism, anti-Christian movement by the "Righteous Harmony Society" (Yihe tuan), or "Righteous Fists of Harmony" or "Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists" (known as "Boxers" in English), between 1898 and 1901. In response to imperialist expansion, growth of cosmopolitan influences, and missionary evangelism, and against the backdrop of state fiscal crisis and natural disasters, local organizations began to emerge in Shandong in 1898. At first, they were relentlessly suppressed by the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty of China. Later, the Qing Dynasty tried to expel western influence from China. Under the slogan "Support the Qing, destroy the foreign", Boxers across North China attacked mission compounds.