The Boxer’s do not actually deserve a bad rap. In the treaties of Nanjing and Tianjin the Chinese were absolutely crushed by the foreigners. The conditions of the treaties that were imposed on the Chinese were that they had to pay 31 million pounds in compensation for the damages that had happened. British merchants could now trade at 5 new ports which were known as treaty ports. In addition after the end of these wars the British were now allowed to have free rein over the opium trade in china as they had made it legal now and they had their ambassadors set up in Beijing.
The boxers do not deserve to be labeled villains by history because they were fighting for what they believed in. These foreigners had just come in and beat up china horribly and enforced horrible treaties upon China that turned it into a formidable empire into a dog rummaging for scraps in a way. The effect of these horrible problems was that churches were appearing up all over china and where there had once been nothing besides from a village there was no churches and Chinese Christians which the boxers thought were Chinese who had strayed to far from Chinese tradition. While at the same time the drought in the province created even more resentment and to the Chinese provided something to blame the Christians for and if I was them I would do the same thing. The boxers were right to be angry, they governments of the west have thrown a massive amount of horrible and frankly humiliating terms through their victory in the opium wars. If someone had invaded your home and taken your stuff and then set up rules for you in your own house, wouldn’t you be mad? Therefore, I think that the boxers were justified in their actions and don’t actually deserve a bad rap like history usually gives them.