No one in the twentieth century had a greater impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. And no scholar is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the. 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. minutely documented book, but not as predictably as Ezra F. Vogel.

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It seems unlikely that, after Mao’s death inthe 72 year old Deng Xiaoping would re-emerge as a prominent politician in China. The book portraits Deng as a paramount leader whose virtues and flaws are equally visible and whose influence is unparalleled – a portrait that is most likely not very far away from the truth.

This would have been hard enough if the country were committed to abandoning communism – but with a strong base of leftists remaining in the communist party, Deng had to implement his reforms – which were essentially capitalist in nature – without invoking the wrath of the hardcore leftists.

Chairman Mao had made extraordinary contributions to the party and the party xiaopinb not launch an attack on Mao like Khrushchev’s attack on Stalin. It makes any tome more enjoyable to read when the head of one of the most brutal and repressive regimes on the planet can be depicted as a protagonist to root for.

During this period, Deng Xiaoping grew up in Sichuan, and eventually went to Paris, France with an exchange program for Chinese youth. It does depend on what the work is. There are nevertheless some minor issues I have with the book. His diligent use of official papers and his privileged access to members of the Chinese Communist elite make this biography of Deng Xiaoping the most complete we are likely to have under the present ruling order. What is resisting “bourgeoisie liberalization” style of growth?

Author bows to Chinese censorship of his Deng Xiaoping biography

During the Cultural Revolution, Deng was banished to the country side, which he used to consider directions he would pursue to achieve reform.

Deng was hostile to democratization, feeling it would be too soon to allow China to become a democracy, and instead focused on guided capitalism to xiaooping the economy.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It was Dsng behind the eza who ordered the crack down on the square in Deng also forged close tie with Bush Sr. The reason that Vogel writes this way is that most of the book was taken from secondary sources written in Chinese. Professor Vogel traces the life and times of this remarkable leader who survived three purges but always returned to the center of things, lastly to become China’s supreme leader.

But it is a very invidious position and one most writers would baulk at.

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Mar 24, Ed vogsl it it was amazing. Deng masked zera intentions and aims with respect to the dominant ideology. On the publication of Vogel’s book in English, many English reviewers were sceptical of Vogel’s consistently sympathetic reading of Deng’s career, including his handling of Tiananmen Square.

PEN is against censorship and continues to fight for dissidents xkaoping to publish their work. How Vogel managed to see “Japanese” in these three characters is a mystery beyond my comprehension.

Deng no doubt was a transformational leader. Deng asked what people were afraid of – that it would harm socialism? Deng Xiaoping – the architect of modern China – received both the respect and the criticism that he deserved in Vogel’s well-researched book. Deng Xiaoping was born in in Paifang, Guang’an county, Sichuan.

As a spokesperson for China, Deng was witty yet manipulative. Mao had handpicked Dng Guofeng as his successor, and Hua was similarly reform minded as Deng, while also being more well-liked by the radical Mao faction in feng Chinese Communist Party. Because Mao resented Zhou, he did not attend his funeral, and when members of the public gathered in Tiananmen square laying wreaths in honor of his memory, he ordered the wreaths removed.

Deng made great efforts to try and see Taiwan returned to China, and China’s friendly relations with the US were encouraging. His role in subverting Chinese orthodoxy from the inside is comparable to that of Gorbachev with respect to the Soviet Union—and he deserves sustained attention such as this landmark book offers. He used simple examples to make his case.


His works on Japan, Japan as Number One: This quote takes place in the final months before Mao’s death, just after Zhou Enlai, the vpgel in command whom was widely loved and thus hated by Mao, who was jealous.

Ezrz 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.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Jun 23, Jerry rated it really liked it Xioping No one in the twentieth century had a greater impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. Vogel has produced… Vogel is the master ezar this complex material.

The first time he was purged, it was for “being part of the Mao clique” – this was before Mao came to power, and actually worked to his advantage later. This books gives a detailed overview of Deng’s life, politics and thoughts. One of the most significant achievements for his and my country was the establishment of diplomatic relations between us. There is also discussion of his role in the military.

As a person, Deng was warm yet guarded.

He spent those years making up a list of things to be changed in Vlgel in his head, in between writing very obsequious letters to Mao and smoking a lot. This Two Systems principle was also directed at Taiwan. And that is fitting: Very little about him is part of common knowledge outside China and this a great detailed account of his early life but with most detail devoted to the late Mao era and then his surprising take over of China and his profound strategic redirection of its whole future course.

He was born to a Jewish family in in Delaware, Ohio. Join Our Mailing List: The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. It paints a balanced and nuanced picture of modern Chinese history, and is a story of extreme pragmatism, making difficult decisions, and masterful political navigation both domestically and internationally.

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