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For God and KaiserThe Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918$
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Richard Bassett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178586.001.0001

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Towards a Twentieth-century Navy

Towards a Twentieth-century Navy

The Siege at Pekin

(p.383) Chapter 18 Towards a Twentieth-century Navy
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the Austrian navy's involvement in events in China at the turn of the century. By this time, the activities of the Protestant missionaries in the region were deeply resented by the Chinese authorities and population. The growth of a patriotic secret society, the infamous “Boxers” (righteous society of fists) dedicated to the protection of Chinese values in the face of Western influence, was the catalyst for the conflict and the attempts to storm Western legations. These were protected by detachments from eight nations and, while the siege lasted, news of these events came to dominate the headlines of the European newspapers. The Austrian role in the siege was modest. The chapter also discusses the modernization of the Imperial and Royal Navy in an attempt to be the leading naval power of the Adriatic in the face of rising Italian competition.

Keywords:   Austrian navy, Habsburg navy, China, Western legations, Boxers, Protestant missionaries

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