Question: “The Hundreds Days Reforms (1898) in China had no chance of success.” How far do you agree with this statement?
Answer: The Hundreds Days Reforms (1898) in China had little if no chance at all since the opposing conservatist part was very wealthy and had a strong influence in the ruling of China.
The idea was first introduced and then later executed by young Emperor Guangxu who along with his reformist-thinking ruling party believed that the only way for China to survive is to start fast-paced reforms. “Edicts began pouring out of the imperial court, intended to transform China into a modern, constitutional monarchy.” (New World Encyclopedia) There was a strong opposition to the reforms among the highly wealthy Manchu ruling elite, who said that the plan was way too radical. Empress Dowager Cixi was ultra-conseravatists who was supported by the opposition of the Hundred Days reform in 1898 has sent the young Emperor Guangxu to seclusion taking up the throne. Her next orders were to stop the reforms. Due to the strength of the opposing side, the Hundred Days Reform had no chance of actually being accomplished.
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