Feng’s Death and Legacy

Feng passed away in 1874, a high ranking Confucian official in Suzhou. While Feng achieved some success and influence in life, his work was largely overshadowed by his more famous patrons, Lin Zexu, Zeng Guofan and Li Hongzhang. But Feng’s defining moment may have come 24 years after his death, when, during a brief period of reform in 1898, Dissenting Views finally came to the attention of the Qing emperor. The Guangxu Emperor immediately had a thousand copies printed and distributed to his staff, who were asked to study how to put Feng’s proposals into place.