Yen Fu

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Yen Fu


Born 1853 in Fuchou; died there Oct. 27, 1921. Chinese publicist and translator of books by Western European authors.

From 1877 to 1879, Yen Fu attended the Royal Naval War College in Greenwich, Great Britain. He was close to the liberal movement for reform. He published translations of T. H. Huxley’s Evolution and Ethics in 1895–98, A. Smith’s An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations in 1902, J. S. Mill’s Essay on Liberty in 1903, and C.-L. Montesquieu’s The Spirit of Laws in 1909. Yen Fu was active in the 1905–11 movement for a constitutional monarchy.


Schwartz, B. In Search of Wealth and Power: Yen Fu and the West. Cambridge, Mass., 1964.
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