Outline for Myths and Chapter 8

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 ┬áinvolve: autobiography, drama, fiction, art, film and encountered in newspapers, periodicals and books.

Chapter 8

  • 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.

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