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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In the events leading up to the Tienanmen Square tragedy, Deng showed that he still believed in the Communist Party. It pieces together from interviews and memoirs perhaps the clearest account so far of the revolution that turned China from a totalitarian backwater led by one of the monsters of the 20th century into the power it has become today… Vogel has a monumental story to tell.

He spent those years making up a list of things to be changed in China in his head, in between writing very obsequious letters to Mao and smoking a lot.

Ezra Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China,

The reason that Vogel writes this way is that most of the book was taken from secondary sources written in Chinese. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Deng had his own vision and pragmatic approaches about making China rich and powerful, and he reached his goals by building the right fundemantals in his prime for the future after Mao.

Meanwhile, Deng continued to avoid public statements, a strategy that allowed private enterprises to grow in a way that would not alarm conservative officials. To understand China is to understand Deng Xiaoping. 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.

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The focus naturally is on the years in power and the role he played in the transformation of the Chinese economy. Reversing these policies, however, is regarded as 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. I had to wait another 30 years, however, before a definitive biography would be written about Deng, arguably the most globally transformational leader of the 20th century.


More fundamental change was called for, and Deng could rely on help from disgraced former senior officials who had been removed from power but not eliminated. Jan 26, Zach Zhao rated it it was amazing Shelves: What should replace Marxism-Leninism and Maoist ideology to win the hearts and minds of China’s youth?

This led to over deaths, as Chinese PLA forces and police units moved in to the Square and forcefully cleared it. For the busy reader, skip to page and get the point.

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He had guided China through a difficult transition from a backward, closed, poor, overly rigid socialist nation to a global power with a modernizing economy. From this certainty stem both the qualities and criticism that can be raised about this book.

Mao had handpicked Hua Guofeng as his successor, and Hua was similarly reform minded as Deng, while also being more well-liked by the radical Mao faction in the Chinese Communist Party. The second time was during the Cultural Revolution, when Mao banished him to the countryside for several years for “being a capitalist roader”.

This was because Deng focused on training new managers and bureaucrats, supported Chinese technical advancement, and re-focused the Chinese economy on manufacturing and processing. After his retirement, his successors became, in Deng’s mind, too cautious with the economy.

Many Chinese government archives also remain off-limits. His power was derived from being the chairman of Central Military Commission.

His experiences would prove usefull in time to come. He knew that the army was too large, too many senior officers denv outlived their usefulness, and the war technology was not up to modern armies.

The contribution of Deng to the present China is enormous. Deng also forged close tie with Bush Sr. Deng Xiaoping was a fascinating character, who put the framework in place that China has used to modernize and bring millions of people out of poverty.


He retired soon after. Deng created the framework for these reforms, and pushed China in new directions. 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. Director Jo Glanville said: The reader should want to know what was the intrigue, who were Deng’s allies and how did he keep them close, even in exile. However, as Vogel agilely shows, this matters little: For that he is to be applauded; there is a whole hoard of valuable material here that we probably would not have gained otherwise.

Deng was born in a village somewhere in central China. Stapleton Roy, Wilson Quarterly. Jul 03, Rob Hocking rated it it was amazing.

Author bows to Chinese censorship of his Deng Xiaoping biography

John Pomfret, a former China correspondent for The Post reviewed this biography for Book World, which made our top 10 list for Much better to, like the Catholic Church, re-shape the meaning of words to the needs of the day while keeping the form constant. This incident had a resounding impact in both China and Taiwan, both authoritative at the time.

Yet Deng’s idea of education did not focus on “ideology,” which he considered too rigid; instead, he endeavoured to provide civic and moral training.

He was a political commissar during the Revolution, and ended up governing several provinces xiaooping southern China during the transition, after which he joined the governing bureaucracy, ending up as General Secretary of the Party, where he helped execute Mao’s Great Leap Forward, and then tried to ameliorate the aftermath.