The Marines help defeat the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.
The Boxer Rebellion was a religious and social rebellion that was intended to remove all foreigners and their influence from China and resulted in increased foreign influence in China. It also resulted in all anti-foreign groups, including the Boxers, being forcibly disbanded. It was a blow to the legitimacy of the Qing empire and may have been influential in encouraging the Chinese Revolution of 1911.
The Boxer Rebellion was an early example of the use of terrorism or “frightening tactics” and disinformation warfare as a means to sew doubt and resentment toward foreigners in China, mainly against the U.S. and European nations. It was also the U.S. military’s first experience with urban warfare.
While the Boxer Rebellion was an important demonstration of Chinese nationalism, it was also a warning to China and its future. It resulted in a decline in Chinese status in the world and was detrimental to the status of the imperial government. The Qing dynasty was greatly weakened as a result of the Boxer Rebellion. Despite subsequently implementing liberal economic and political reforms, the dynasty was overthrown in 1911. The Republic of China was established the following year, bringing an end to more than 2,000 years of imperial dynastic rule.