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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The time came when, again, Mao began to distrust Deng and even put the cold shoulder to Zhou Enlai, Mao’s long time lieutenant.

If it works, let it xiaopint. During the Cultural Revolution, Deng was banished to the country side, which he used to consider directions he would pursue to achieve reform. Although Chinese forces performed poorly during the war, Deng used this as a pretext to retire a number of Chinese officers from the bloated military structure, and focus on improving equipment and organizational structure.

Market led reforms and a rationalization of government organizational structures and management practices encouraged rapid growth at the Industrial level. Not because the writer was not talented. I would have liked a bit more detail on Deng’s personal life and what makes him tick. Jan 14, Betty Ho rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a leader, Deng was progressive yet restrained.

What ultimate helped Deng was Mao believed Deng was loyal to him because of an episode during the civil war struggle against Nationalist regime. A sort of rationality can thus be maintained within the most irrational of situations. This movement for rapid reform was too much for even the reform-minded Deng, and a crackdown was authorized. He joined the Maoist faction gogel, and was purged for it, and his second wife left him for his purger. But Mao was not to be finished with Deng–keeping him on the backburner in case he needed his skills later on.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China — Ezra F. Vogel | Harvard University Press

Deng was a ezga political survivor. Hong Kong was and remains an important hub for trade, finance and high tech industry, and Deng promised Hong Kong’s systems, including its free press, local democratic organization, and free-market system would remain for 50 years. The reason that Vogel writes this way is that most of the book was taken from secondary sources written in Chinese. Well he had a funny way of showing it.

During the Great Leap Forward, Deng, like many other party loyalists, aware of Mao’s unwillingness to tolerate dissent during the Great Leap Forward, restrained himself from criticizing Mao. Refresh and try again. The book provides an excellent account of this historic event.


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. Rather than getting bogged down in arguments over whether or not proposed reforms adhered to the dogma of Marx-Leninism, Deng would quietly implement them, and let the results speak for themselves.

Deng Xiaoping is one of China’s great politicians. Deng asked what people were afraid of – that it would harm socialism? 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 p I finished reading this book this morning feeling quite satisfied.

Deng quickly pushed aside Hua Guofeng and was established as the paramount leader. I would have liked a bit m A magnificent and detailed account of the life and events of China’s paramount leader in Post-Mao China. Although he never saw Hong Kong returned to China after its 99 year lease to the United Kingdom came to pass, he was instrumental in negotiating the terms of its return, and developed the One Nation, Two Systems principle to stabilize its return.

In contrast this book provided a fascinating account of Deng’s life. The transformation of China that Deng set in motion is likely to confront the United States with its most significant foreign-policy challenge over the next several decades.

Instead, he prepared his power base, experimented on a small scale with cities, worked carefully with foreign governments to create favorable conditions and a well-trained and equipped workforce. He wanted China to move forward, and to open up, and do whatever worked to improve the economy and the technology.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Sometimes it reads like a bad translation. Slow reformers, on the other hand, espoused more traditional party doctrine, and were often hostile to reforms. And yet, too little is known about the life and career of this extraordinary man. After Mao’s death, Deng became de facto leader of China. But he is not unique in that regard. It seems unlikely that, after Mao’s death inthe 72 year old Deng Xiaoping would re-emerge as a prominent politician in China. China had not yet introduced voting, even in the villages, but the April 5 demonstrations had made it clear, at least in Beijing where the political consciousness was by far the highest, that Mao had lost the popular mandate, that Zhou Enlai was the public’s hero, and the Deng Xiaoping had enough public support to become the preeminent leader.


Vogel needs to edit the writing of his Chinese staff that put this together. Patriotic education that emphasized the history of the century of humiliation by foreign imperialists had been the main theme of propaganda in the s, and it had never disappeared.

The Harvard professor spent most of the 10 years lining up interviews with people who had first-hand experience of Deng. No country underwent greater changes in the second half of the twentieth century than China and no man was more responsible for these changes than the subject of this incredible biography. In actual fact, even though Deng had suffered greatly because of Mao for example, his son was paralyzed from the neck down after being dropped out a window by Red Guards during the cultural revolution and must have resented him, he calculated that for the good of the country, Mao’s legacy must not be criticized too harshly the xiaopiing being that this dneg hurt the Party’s legitimacy and mandate to rule, possibly leading to another voyel war.

How he was able to make progress in these and other sectors is fascinating.

Mar 24, Ed rated it it was amazing. Deng and his fellow party elders realized that political training in Marxism-Leninism or even Maoism could no longer be expected to appeal to the sensibilities of Chinse youth.

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This led to public outrage, and protests in Tiananmen the “first Tiananmen incident”: He also covers in detail the internal governmental struggles of those, including Deng, who favored rapid expansion of the Chinese economy, with those favoring more conservative economic growth policies.

For instance, his decision to crush the student movement in the spring ofor even his southern tour in earlytook all of China in an irreversible direction. There are of course some gems. Both involve organizing people around certain goals, and at its core, it’s always about people. The author skillfully tied the ups and downs of Deng’s personal life with those of the country that Deng so deeply loved and by doing so, crafted a piece of work that is No country underwent greater vigel in the second half of the fzra century than China and no man was more responsible for these changes than the subject of this incredible biography.

Jun 09, Mark Witzke rated it really liked it.