Revolt against the West a comparison of the Boxer Rebellion of 1900-1901 & the current war against terror
MetadataShow full item record
This thesis compares the Western response to two radical challenges in eras considerably removed in time: the 1900-1901 Boxer rebellion in China and today's Islamic terror. It brings a much-needed historical perspective to bear in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary Western conceptualization of the al-Qaeda and Taliban threat as a "clash of civilizations." It demonstrates that the current struggle against Islamic fundamentalism is not an altogether new challenge to Western interest and values. Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are in the end an expression of the same forces of resistance that also led to the origination of the Boxers in 19th century China. The cultural pressure that the West unavoidably developed by its imperialistic policy in the 19th and early 20th centuries was replaced by the penetration of the world with values, standards and symbols of the Western way of life and civilization in the course of globalization. The West ought to understand that the current terrorist threat is not "the next stage of history," as some scholars erroneously puts it, but a known historical phenomenon in a new form, for which neither the West nor other cultures bear the blame.
Approved for public release, distribution is unlimited
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Miller, Henry A. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2006-12);Both theoretical and numerical modeling studies of the current system off western and southern Australia are conducted to characterize the features of the current system, their temporal variability, and their impact on ...
Conducting Integrated Logistics Overhauls for phased maintenance ships homeported in the Western Pacific with emphasis on the USS Sterett. Hillegas, Dennis Willard (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1984-12);This thesis addresses the problem of conducting highly compressed Integrated Logistics Overhauls (ILOs) during four month docking selected restricted availabilities for phased maintenance program ships homeported in the ...
Modeling studies of the effects of seasonal wind forcing and thermohaline gradients on the Leeuwin Current System Cox, Anthony W. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1998-12);A high resolution, multi-level, primitive equation ocean model is used to investigate the effects of seasonal thermohaline gradients and wind forcing in the generation of currents and eddies off the western and southwestern ...