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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In writing this volume, Vogel has done an enormous amount of work. He was the strict and practical leader which Xixoping desperately needed at that point of time. But Mao was not to be finished with Deng–keeping him on the backburner in case he needed his skills later on.

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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. Economic progress was achieved, but limits on the freedom had to be set. Jayaram Top of page. Deng was reputed even criticised by Mao for his pragmatism in the early s.

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He was a person we could do tne with, and I liked him a lot. 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. Read Pomfret’s review here: Like evangelical Christians interpreting the bible literally, high-level communists treated demg works of Karl Marx like holy books and obeyed them religiously.

Deng selected him as Party leader in to succeed Zhao Ziyang, who had been sacked and disgraced because of his opposition to the use of force in Tiananmen Square. 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 transformatoin, crafted a piece of work that is both academic and accessible, both objective and heartfelt.


Vogel gets the history of Taiwan wrong. To understand China is to understand Deng Xiaoping.

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

Deng’s practical repudiation of the Maoism that xeng killed him while maintaining the forms of Maoist ‘thought’ is the theme of this breath-taking political biography. However, as Vogel agilely shows, this matters little: 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.

Chinese students demonstrated in favour of political reform and democratic transition. It’s not a book only about Deng Xiaoping. This is another incredible book, and I’d like to begin by listing its awards: Oct 21, Hadrian rated it it was amazing Shelves: His nonsense books, mo …. Vogel recounts how Deng — thee, a leading figure from the s on, was banished when his preference transfprmation practicality over class struggle angered Mao Zedong during the disastrous — Cultural Revolution.

It was he who would finally realize the mission that others had tried for almost chinz centuries to achieve, of finding a path that would make China rich and powerful.

This was because Thd focused on training new managers and xoaoping, supported Chinese technical advancement, and re-focused the Chinese economy on manufacturing and processing. At a macro level, I think business and politics are very similar.

Much like his old boss Mao Zedong, that way, except that where Mao was more of a crazy mad warrior poet dictator, Deng was more of a Determinator. Much of the passage on the Tienanmen incident is spent either belittling the number of deaths or criticizing the role of the foreign press in instigating the protesters.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

His invasion of Vietnam is portrayed by Deng as a major factor in addressing Vietnam’s aggressiveness. In this superbly researched and highly readable biography, Vogel has definitively filled this void. Deng Xiaoping was born in in Paifang, Guang’an county, Sichuan.


Either that or they really are mad. Deng originally supported vogwl unity government of Communist-Nationalist forces against the Japanese, and after the war ended, continued the struggle against KMT forces.

Deng began to encourage market reforms from the bottom up, dfng the collectivization of previous decades, allowing local corporations to begin operations, developing industry and ultimately encouraging and export-focused economy.

Professor Vogel traces the life and times of this remarkable leader who survived three purges but always returned to the center of things, znd to become China’s supreme leader. There were also some translation errors that I have noticed, the most egregious being when Vogel tried to explain the significance of Hua Guofeng’s adopted name.

He was widely popular early in his regime. Vogel writes about his management style: What is resisting “bourgeoisie liberalization” style of growth? 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. Tibet was, and remains, a controversial part of China, as its cultural history is quite different from that of China.

Sep 25, Meihan Liu rated it it was amazing. China’s economy has skyrocketed in recent decades, with millions of people brought out of grinding poverty. I finished reading this book this morning feeling quite satisfied. Vogel also describes how, except from in the restricted family circle, Deng avoided familiarity in his dealings and always maintained a certain distance with his interlocutors.

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.