New Book: Traces the history of the Catholic mission in Shanxi from the earliest Jesuit enterprise to the Franciscan presence during the end of China's imperial era.
Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi
Anthony E. Clark
University of Washington Press - Available November 2011
* $50.00s hardcover (9780295994000)
* Subject Listing: Asian Studies, History
* Bibliographic information: 236 pp., 18 bandw illus., 1 map, 14 graphs, 6 x 9 in.
One of the most violent episodes of China's Boxer Uprising was the Taiyuan Incident of 1900, in which rebels killed foreign missionaries and thousands of Chinese Christians. This first sustained scholarly account of the uprising to focus on Shanxi Province illuminates the religious and cultural beliefs on both sides of the conflict and shows how they came to clash.
Although Franciscans were the first Catholics to settle in China, their stories have rarely been explored in accounts of Chinese Christianity. Anthony Clark remedies that exclusion and highlights the roles of Franciscan nuns and their counterparts among the Boxers-the Red Lantern girls-to argue that women's involvement was integral on both sides of the conflict. Drawing on rich archival records and intertwining religious history with political, cultural, and environmental factors, Clark provides a fresh perspective on a pivotal encounter between China and the West.
Anthony E. Clark is associate professor of late-imperial Chinese history at Whitworth University and the author of China's Saints: Catholic Martyrdom during the Qing (1644-1911)
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