This analysis of the interplay among people and of events
leading up to the reform acts of 1898--the Hundred Days--and their
abrupt termination presents a new interpretation of the late Ch'ing
political scene. The Emperor, the Empress-Dowager, and high-court
personalities are followed through the maze of motives and
relationships that characterized the power structure in Peking.
Of special interest is Kwong's treatment of K'ang-Yu-Wei, often
viewed as the Emperor's advisor during this period and a major
source of reform policy, a promincence largely derived frm his own
writings and those of Liange Ch'i-ch'ao. Those sources are here
examined and show to be less than objective, and K'ang's role is
assessed as far more peripheral than heretofore believed
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