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Eight-Power Allied Forces
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the Allied Forces
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Beijing by the
Eight-Power Allied Forces
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Protocol of 1901
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Home>>The Capture of Beijing by the Eight-Power Allied Forces
On August 4, 1900, approximately 20,000 Allied Forces marched toward Beijing from Tianjin, They defeated the Chinese troops in succession and captured Beijing on August 14. After they entered the city, the Allied Forces plunged into a massacre. There were countless occurrences of bloodshed, looting and rape. A Frenchman published a book entitled The End of Peking after he returned to France. He wrote: "The solitude and desolation were the same in and outside the city. There was nothing except rubble everywhere¡­.The city of Peking, which was full of splendid buildings in the past, is now a wildness."