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The Siege at Peking

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  11 reviews
On June 20, 1900 the foreign legations at Peking were attacked by Boxers and Imperial Chinese troops, with the equivocal support of the Empress Dowager, Tz'u Hsi. The ensuing siege was to last for 55 days, and the news of it shook the world.

The Siege of the Legations was a landmark in the development of Modern China. It brought to a head the crisis in the Celestial Empire'

Paperback, 286 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1959)
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Markus Laine
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Peter Fleming's book, first published in 1959 gives a detailed account of the siege of the foreign legations in Beijing during the last months of the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. Anti-foreign sentiment in China had been running high for the previous years and the Righteous Harmonious Fist (义和团) , better known in the West as the Boxers had been attacking missionaries and Chinese Christian converts in the northern provinces. The Boxers, a motley collection of different gangs around the Northeast and w ...more
Hilmi Isa
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Buku ini memfokuskan kepada peristiwa yang berlaku apabila kawasan kedutaan asing di Peking,China,dikepung oleh pejuang bersenjata/pemberontak Boxer dan tentera kerajaan Dinasti Ch'ing atau Manchu yang bermula pada 20 Jun sehingga 15 Ogos 1900. Kawasan ini menempatkan beberapa pejabat kedutaan yang turut mengandungi pegawai-pegawai tinggi yang bertaraf duta dan kakitangan-kakitangan berkaitan. Perwakilan-perwakilan ini melibatkan negara-negara seperti yang berikut; Autria-Hungary,Belgium,British ...more
Theo H
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
If you are looking for an objective well rounded piece of literature about the Siege of Peking in 1900, you won't find it here. This book written by Peter Fleming gives a detailed first person account towards the incidents but at most times inputs his own opinion which makes its hard to take the book seriously. The informal nature of the language sometimes feels like I was reading a fan fiction of the events. Its particularly outdated eurocentric view was difficult to say the least. ...more
M. D.  Hudson
Apr 14, 2010 rated it liked it
I am obsessed with the siege of the European (and American and Japanese) legations at Peking in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion. Arrogance, heartlessness, ferocity, courage, cowardice, diplomatic waffling (and lying), turn-of-the-century Victorian conventions under great strain, resourcefulness and pretty much the whole gamut of human experience is balled up in this little siege. Fleming’s account is a good one, if not great. Beware the somewhat brittle and antique pro-Anglo aspect to it (Peter ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it
A rather old fashioned read maybe but packed with facts and accounts about the Boxer rebellion and those at the receiving end of the violence and attacks. It was a little hard going at times, perhaps I was expecting a less dry tone, but it was none the less an important read in my exploration of Chinese history.
Tim Chamberlain
An engaging, entertaining (if somewhat partial and now a little out-dated) history of the Siege. Well worth reading as a general overview / introduction and for insights into the perspective of those under siege; but anyone pursuing a deeper level of interest or historical study will probably be frustrated by the scant referencing to primary source material quoted in the text.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've read a number of books by Peter Fleming and I find them to be uniformly excellent. It is a pity that his brother, Ian, is better known and, most likely, read more often than Peter is. I recommend this or any of his other books. ...more
Joshua Horn
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great book on this interesting episode of history. Very readable, I just wish he spent more time on some parts
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
A little dated but a good read nevertheless. As the focus is the siege of the foreign Legations in Beijing, the larger story of the Boxer uprising is not dealt with except peripherally.
Excellent account of the 1900 seige of Peking, told with Fleming's usual flair, intelligence and humor. ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Despite being rather old this is an excellent account. Wellwritten, thoughtful and capable of providing perspective beyond the traditional "westerners surrounded by savages" ...more
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Adventurer and travel writer. A brother of James Bond author Ian Fleming, he married actress Celia Johnson in 1935 and worked on military deception operations in World War II. He was a grandson of the Scottish financier Robert Fleming, who founded the Scottish American Investment Trust and the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co.

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