Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Continuity as IllusionI question whether even the C. Ezra F. Vogel tells the story of how a Communist Party official changed China. A look at the career of Deng Xiaoping, who changed China’s course.

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Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Tremendously insightful bio of probably the most important figure of the 20th century in terms of long term impact: Deng masked his intentions and aims with respect to the dominant ideology.

Deng originally supported the unity government of Communist-Nationalist forces against the Japanese, and after the war ended, continued the struggle against KMT forces. Ezra Vogel has done a great job in aiding our transforkation China’s foreign policy and the economic policies that gradually took hold in China and that led to Transformstion re-emergence as a world power. His tactics to do this are described well.

In contrast this book provided a fascinating account of Deng’s life. A rather touching chapter entitled “Opening to Japan” describes how Deng and the Japanese leaders not only put WWII behind them, but also the eagerness of Japanese business to “make amends” by helping China to modernize.

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transformaton This is a thorough examination not only on Deng Xiaoping the man, but also on the many turning points in China’s recent history, for which Deng was often responsible the reform and opening policy, the normalization of relationships with the U. This wasn’t enough, and he got purged again anyways. Jan 14, Betty Ho rated it it was amazing Shelves: At the very site where millions of young Red Guards had shouted ‘long live’ to him In the end he spoke to dozens, if not a hundred, of people who knew something about the man… As a result, his depiction of Deng is rich, balanced and colorful.

Comprehensive as it is, the book is not an expose. His task of modernizing China was immense, and many hurdles remained. The West’s support for Taiwan and resistance to China’s claims to the islands in the South Ovgel Sea were also offered up to the public as examples of efforts to keep China down.

The event leading up to the tragic Tiananmen square was covered in details. In this superbly researched and highly readable biography, Vogel has definitively filled this void.


At the 13th Party Congress inparty officials officially permitted szra household enterprises to hire more than seven employees. This led to a rapid strike on Vietnam, a la the Indian border conflict, to teach the Soviets and Vietnamese that China was not to be tampered with.

Overall, his economics reform improved quality of life of billion of Chinese but it also led to widespread political corruption that is still plaguing China’s current government. However, many Party veterans who had been mistreated under Mao, would have none of it, and Deng, as a party veteran and well regarded reformer, quickly marginalized Hua and took power informally. Even though it lacks psychological analysis of the man, the story of achievement after setback after achievement is amazing.

The judgement of history, he knew, would be exceedingly harsh. It was an independent country and not always part of China.

xiaopijg His experiences would prove usefull in time to come. After all, one can give his policies the credit of saving hundreds of millions of people from poverty. A comprehensive story of the reign of Deng Xiaoping. But Vogel has also been able to consult several recent works of historians, Chinese journalists, and, crucially, vogdl colleagues of Deng who have published accounts of their own direct roles in activities alongside the Little Helmsman, especially two works of Yu Guanyuan published in and It’s not the most psychologically deep biography, but that’s likely because there isn’t enough written archival information to examine because they man never took notes or wrote a journal.

Chairman Mao had made extraordinary contributions to the party and the party should not launch an attack on Mao like Khrushchev’s attack on Stalin. There is a nice discussion of his xiaooping out to other countries to bring China up to speed in modernizing its economy, its military, and so on. During the Cultural Revolution, Deng was banished to tne country side, which he used to consider directions he would pursue to achieve reform.

Like a climax in any well structure fiction, the hundreds of pages leading up to transformatuon shootings provides the proper context for a truly holistic understanding for a Westerner like me.

One of the most significant achievements for his and my country was the establishment of diplomatic relations between us. He also avoided a personality cult.


Deng negotiated the return of Hong Kong. When one thinks of the situation in China inand compares it to the situation inthere is a natural curiosity about how this remarkable evolution of the governing processes of China took place. The reader should want to know what was the intrigue, who were Deng’s allies and how did he keep them transformatin, even in exile.

Deng also had to balance the competing forces of rapid modernization with slow growth.

Reversing these policies, however, is regarded transdormation capitalist, and in s China being a “capitalist” is like being a “white supremacist” or “rapist” in western society today, except with more severe repercussions. Although some enterprises were reluctant to grow so large they would be noticeable, others continued to expand. It is neither glowing, nor overly critical, and instead focuses solely on facts and results.

Indispensable in understanding Deng, what he accomplished, and where he fell short. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

Ironically, the single country that contributed the most to China’s modernization is probably Japan. Deng had his own vision and pragmatic approaches about making China rich and powerful, and he reached his goals by building the right fundemantal In my understanding, Den Xiaoping had made the greatest contribution for the modern China because China’s extraordinary rapid growth in technology, education and economy began under his leadership. Viogel states the Deng tried to avoid bloodshed. It wasn’t a easy read.

Although not free of controversy, and supportive of authoritarian systems, Deng is still widely respected as China’s great Reformer, and his reputation is well deserved.

Aug 17, Tulga G rated it it was amazing. After spending less then a hundred pages on the first fifty years of his life, the next six hundred are devoted to his rise to power, diplomatic relations, and economic reforms. He pushed his minions to take political fire so that he could be the sage leader and backer of only those reforms that worked, and he threw Hu Yaobang overboard when he drew too much fire from diehard Communist ideologues.

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