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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A rather touching chapter entitled “Opening to Japan” describes how Deng and the Japanese leaders not only put WWII behind them, but also the eagerness of Japanese business to “make amends” by helping China to modernize. He was a good student, so he went overseas to France, where his scholarship fell through, and seeking a way to better himself, he joined the Chinese Communist Party.

At a macro level, I think business and politics are very similar. To understand China is to understand Deng Xiaoping. This led to public outrage, and protests in Tiananmen the “first Tiananmen incident”: A comprehensive story of the reign of Deng Xiaoping. His pursue of economics reform ultimately to inflation which caused the student uprising. It seems unlikely that, after Mao’s death inthe 72 year old Deng Xiaoping would re-emerge as a prominent politician in China.

His ability to get the work done cemented his high position. 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. This well-researched book covers extremely well Chinese leadership from to From this certainty stem both the qualities and xjaoping that can be raised about this book.

Instead, he xiaiping rush but accepted the global change a bit by bit and invented his own suitable philosophy which should fit and accelerate the economy and waited for the right time and right situation when his people are ready.

Nor, even if Deng had personally supported it, would class struggle against the landlord and bourgeois classes resonate with the youth as it vofel in the height of the Mao era.

Deng and his family wer A wonderful biography of Deng Xiaoping. This part of the book made me a little sad, because I had mistakingly believed that Deng was sincere in his desire cogel make peace with Japan.

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


It shows Deng as a wily political figure, who even in his eighties could bend events toward his desires.

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

Strongly recommend to read even it consist of almost pages. However the book fails to answer the most important question about Deng. Aug 05, Tair Kuanyshev rated it it was amazing. He did that with Hu in and Zhao inand threatened Jiang Zemin with a similar fate in if he did not reboot economic reforms p. Tibet was, and remains, a controversial part of China, as its cultural history is quite different from that of China.

Deng no doubt was a transformational leader. Vogel is careful to place everything in context and does a masterful job of story-telling as well.

This Two Systems principle was also directed at Taiwan. There is a fascinating tale told of how he used his political skills to get China on a pathway toward more rapid growth.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

People interested in China. When queried about domestic resistance to the normalization of relationships with the US he replied that 17 million people in the province of Taiwan were not happy. The pages in which Deng effectively threatens to have then Communist Party Secretary Jiang Zemin dismissed unless he throws his support behind renewing the reform drive are very nearly worth the price of the xiaopin alone… On the ways through which Deng set about the enormous task of rebuilding the gutted xiaopinb, shattered by decades of turmoil under Mao Zedong, Vogel is exhaustive.

From now on, the question for Deng became not vogek how to work with Mao while he was still alive—since as long as Mao was alive, Mao would still dominate—but also how to maximize any decision-making leeway that Mao might tolerate.

As a spokesperson for China, Deng was witty yet manipulative. In the end he spoke to dozens, if not a hundred, of people who knew something about the man… As a result, his depiction of Deng is rich, balanced and colorful.

InDeng, when asked by Prime Minister Nakasone what was the happiest time of his life, replied that it was the three years when they overcame the dual obstacles of smaller numbers of troops and poorer equipment to win victory in the civil war. Deng had scored another victory by using his basic approach to reform: Deng eventually ended up commanding the 2nd Field Army, and was instrumental in assisting Communist forces in succeeding in It is all about the grand historic view.


Apr 07, Elliott added it. Refresh and try again. 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 climate at stake [Full text]. A magnificent and detailed account of the life and events of China’s paramount leader in Post-Mao China. Around him is the transformation of the largest political entity in history from rural disarray and helplessness to an industrial and manufacturing giant. 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 New York Times reported that several passages were removed from the Chinese translation of Vogel’s book, including a reference to Xiaoping’s “shaking hands” at a dinner with Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and an order to Chinese newspapers not to cover the fall of communism in Eastern Europe during the s. He gives a detailed description of the events surrounding the Tiananmen Square protests of with a mournful, almost Shakespearean tone.

Author bows to Chinese censorship of his Deng Xiaoping biography

It’s also an incredibly massive book. To many Westerners, sanctions on China were a way of attacking Chinese leaders who used force on June 4, but to Chinese people the sanctions hurt all Chinese. Deng Xiaoping voel the Transformation of China, by Ezra Vogel, is a fabulously written biography of one of modern China’s most well regarded politicians. Deng was reputed even criticised by Mao for his pragmatism in the early s.

There is still much to xiaopinb done, and the continued monolithic power of the CCP is by no means certain – its economic rise is continuing. He also covers in detail the internal governmental struggles of those, including Deng, who favored rapid expansion of the Chinese economy, with those eeng more conservative economic growth policies.

Hua ended up purging the radical elements of the Party, having the notorious Gang of Four arrested, and began to tentatively offer reforms while trying to maintain the cult status of Mao Zedong.