The Invention of Xenophobia

Although the term “xenophobia” is a compound of two Greek words, its origins — and the concept as a whole — has its roots in the French press. After decades of Western expansion and exploitation, the Boxer movement in China lashed out against all non-Chinese, resulting in the violent Boxer revolt. Seemingly chalking it up to an intense hatred of foreigners, rather than considering that they perhaps had legitimate grievances, Jean Martin de Saintours (under a pseudonym) coined the term “xenophobia” as the cause of the rebellion. Read full article here


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