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Feng Guifen was a scholar-official of Qing China responsible for launching the Self-Strengthening Movement. Arguing for a comprehensive reform of the country along Western lines, he envisioned the selective adoption of Western ideas as a way to supplement traditional Chinese civilization. Despite the failure of the movement, Feng’s vision was important to succeeding reform movements.

Born to a merchant family in October 1809 in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, Feng Guifen ??? was determined

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By |2014-12-16T16:54:06-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, Governance|Comments Off on FENG Guifen (Féng Guìfēn 冯桂芬)|Féng Guìfēn 冯桂芬 (FENG Guifen)

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