My areas of special interest in History are the ancient world and theatre throughout the ages. Pertaining to 1850-1940s China I find the relation between the Boxers and opera quite interesting because they are very seemingly incongruent things. The opera is a very “high-art” and is often related to the upper classes and the wealthy, but the Boxers were very based in the commoners and those whose income was based on agriculture rather than trade or artisan work. Cohen also brought some very interesting ideas regarding the acts of the Spirit Boxers relating to acts of theatre and whether or not their efficacy was due to their inherent histrionics. As for works of note that have inspired me, I found 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann very informative in regard to how a seemingly simple set of events could have global effects. I have also found that podcasts are a good new medium for learning about topics, in particular, I have found Stuff You Should Know and Stuff You Missed in History Class to be very useful.