Myths pg 211-222
Historians must strip away what is myth from what is fact, however that risks reducing the event so it has no effect on society in the present.
- arguably everyone acquires their own truth of what they believe happened even though it might not be what happened.
- myths gain potency from ability to persuade
- distinction between historians and mythologizers not clear cut, truth seeking is the goal but it can be argued that by challenging one myth you only create other myths.
- Types of Mythologyization involve: autobiography, drama, fiction, art, film and encountered in newspapers, periodicals and books.
- Anti-Imperialism started recasting Boxer myth, meaning of past governed by concerns of present.
- New Culture Movement task of remaking China moved to more political concerns.
- More redeeming qualities were found in Boxer rebellion such as the rallying cry for the spirit of the Chinese people.
- Shift from superstitious backwards rebels to patriotic anti-imperialists.
- Chinese protest in Japanese textile mill sparked anti-imperialism protests all through China.
- Protests were better than the Boxer rebellion because it was more anti-imperialistic, while Boxers were more anti-foreign.
- Restoration of Chinese nationalism and Communists started looking towards the Boxer rebellion for support.