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Massacre In Shansi
by Nat Brandt
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From Library Journal
As he did in The Town That Started the Civil War (LJ 4/1/90), Brandt, one-time managing editor of American Heritage magazine, examines the role of Oberlin College in history. Missionaries from the college ended up tragically murdered in China during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. Firm believers in the white man's Christian burden, they hardly suspected that they-more than the merchants and diplomats they remained aloof from-would be caught in the inevitable crossfire. They were dogged by ugly rumors that they prayed for drought and used Chinese babies in their rituals. At first, when only Catholic missionaries were attacked, the doughty Protestants felt safe in believing that the Chinese were settling "old scores," but soon all missionaries were living in the shadow of death. During the four months of the worst violence, some 32,000 Chinese Christians were slain, along with more than 185 Protestant missionaries and their families. This exciting history re-created from the correspondence of the missionaries themselves is recommended for public libraries.
Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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