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’s massive, packed with detail, enormously interesting, and more than a bit scary. If you like On China, you will like this one.

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diaoping Yet all the favorable conditions that China enjoyed in would have been insufficient to transform the huge, chaotic civilization into a modern nation without a strong and able leader who could hold the country together while providing strategic direction.

Many Chinese government archives also remain off-limits. Until his final days he had a say in nominations to the CCP and army leadership.

This meant that he could be friendly and cheerful, but also merciless. Market led reforms and a rationalization of government organizational structures and management practices encouraged rapid growth at the Industrial level. Then there was Tiananmen Square, where he made it pretty clear that threats to the Party were not to be tolerated. Practical Beijing politicians, then, suggested that as long as the household had no more than seven employees and the household head himself or herself voyel, the leader of the household enterprise would be classified as a “worker”.

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The book might have been even better with a more critical assessment of Deng’s work at some points. These stories and others had their intended effect. The book provides background for his ultimate leadership of China.

Deng brought China forward and made it prosperous. Deng no doubt was a transformational leader. 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 voge, century into the power it has become today… Vogel has a monumental story to tell.

When considering the modern history of China and to understand the current, modern China, we need not look at Mao Zedong, but at Deng Xiaoping, the architect of modern China.


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. His third marriage lasted until his death, but his son was defenestrated by the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution which didn’t keep him from demonstrating his fealty to Mao over and xiaopiing to get back dsng power.

Comprehensive as it is, the book is not an expose. Deng did not merely throw open the gates and declare ‘free markets’ as Gorbachev did. There is still much to be done, and the continued monolithic vogek of the CCP is by no means certain – its economic rise is continuing. John Pomfret, a former China correspondent for The Post reviewed this biography for Book World, which made our top 10 list for Coming to the central character of the book, Deng was a shrewd pragmatist.

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View all 14 comments. The sanctions imposed by foreign countries and the criticism of foreigners that followed June 4 provided Deng and his colleagues with a useful vehicle for enhancing this patriotism He votel a survivor, having been purged twice by Chairman Mao Zedong.

But several advantages of China and wise and foresight vision of top people in China helped to drng ahead the economy except of collapsing as it happenned in Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

The other major area of concern was Tibet. The book says where, but it matters not, because he so dedicated himself to the Party and the Cause that he never went back – it wouldn’t do to have divisive regional loyalties. Deng quickly pushed aside Hua Guofeng and was established as the paramount leader. During this period, Deng Xiaoping grew up in Sichuan, and eventually went to Paris, France with an exchange program for Chinese youth.

The Great Reversal [Abstract]. Nixon had good impression of him. But it is a very invidious position and one most writers would baulk at. Loading comments… Trouble loading? But if one could look past these minor mistakes, one would certainly have an enjoyable read. The book portraits Deng as a paramount leader whose virtues and flaws are equally visible and whose influence is unparalleled Рa portrait that is most likely not very far away from the truth.

This quote takes place in the final months before Mao’s death, just after Zhou Enlai, the 2nd in command whom was widely loved and thus hated by Mao, who was jealous. Incredibly well researched and a compelling narrative with lots of analytical insight as to why Tremendously insightful bio of probably the most important figure of the 20th century in terms of long term impact: Foreign criticism of China for its treatment of Tibetans, Uighurs, and other minority groups was presented as part of an organized effort by foreign powers to weaken China.


Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel

Don’t say that you are reversing Mao’s reforms – just say that “peasants who are starving should be allowed to find ways to survive”. It was Deng behind the scenes who ordered the crack down on the square in 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. 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.

Inwhen regional leaders were transferred to the central government that now ruled the country, Deng was appointed vice premier in the central government.

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. He had access to many who knew and worked with Deng, including Jiang Zemin. Vogel’s answer comes many times in obsequious ines like this “His colleagues recognized that Generally speaking, Deng Xiaoping outsmarted the hardcore leftists in his party either by phrasing his proposed reforms in a clever way that they found hard to argue with, or else by avoiding arguing altogether.

Overall it’s a remarkable book that describes a pivotal period in China’s history and the enormous influence of one man who, perhaps more than any other, changed the course of China’s history.

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