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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He was not the person who took everything from a foreign and more developed country to develop his own country.

Ezra Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China,

He was widely popular early in his regime. Overall, his economics reform improved quality of life of billion of Chinese but it also led to widespread political corruption that is still plaguing China’s current government.

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. People interested in 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.

Rights to the sexually explicit novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which topped the UK bestseller charts inwere bought by a Chinese publisher but it has yet to reach vogell country’s bookshops.

The author feng 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 changes in the second half of vohel twentieth century than China and no man was more responsible for these changes than the subject of this incredible biography.

If you like On China, you will like this one. This biography also highlights the key people who were at Deng’s side during his reign Zhou Enlai, Chen Yun, Hua Guofeng, Zhao Ziyang, Li Pe This is an in-depth and balanced biography of Deng Xiaoping, who took the reins of ruling a rather messy China after the disasters of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, and gradually raised it to the China that we now know today.

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To be fair, Deng was not as awful as many of his compatriots and it’s my word against that of one of the world’s foremost experts on this topic. Browse Index Authors Index by keyword. Ezea led to a rapid strike on Vietnam, a la the Indian border conflict, to teach the Soviets and Vietnamese that China was not to be tampered with. Deng was also faced with a bloated and inefficient military at a time when Vietnamese and Soviet forces in south-east Asia were threatening Chinese interests in the deeng.


Deng created the framework for these reforms, and pushed China in new directions. In this case, Vogel made a calculation that the majority of his book would be read.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Even so, his Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, by Ezra Vogel, is a fabulously written biography xiaoipng one of modern China’s most well regarded politicians.

He surrounded himself with much younger leaders who demonstrated the ability to resolve the myriad problems China was facing.

Reform-minded, determined and possessing an intense passion for his nation, Deng led China through a difficult period of transition as China emerged from its dark years and began to motor down the road to reform. It had, however, played only a secondary role as China had built up socialism beginning in the s, and it had languished in the s as Deng tried to build closer relations with the West. Deng originally supported the unity government of Communist-Nationalist forces against the Japanese, and after the war ended, continued the struggle against KMT forces.

Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Sep 21, Khaleel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: For the busy reader, skip to page and get the point.

Much like his old boss Mao Zedong, that way, except that where Mao was xiaopong of a crazy mad warrior poet dic Ezra Vogel wrote a really really long biography of Deng Xiaoping, the second Emperor of the Communist Dynasty. The time came when, again, Mao began to distrust Deng and even put the cold shoulder to Zhou Enlai, Mao’s long time lieutenant. 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.

Ciaoping, Deng continued to avoid public statements, a strategy that allowed private enterprises to grow in a way that would not alarm conservative officials.

This process, a world-historical event whose effects we are just ezda to feel, is Deng’s lasting legacy to the Chinese people and the world.


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Deng and his family were essentially “exiled. Hong Kong was and remains an important hub for trade, finance denng 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.

His most famous quote, taken from a country proverb, that the color of the cat doesn’t matter so long as it catches mice, is a signature of his leadership.

By the time Deng came to power, Mao had already unified the country, built a strong ruling structure and introduced modern industry – advantages that Deng could build on. Vogel writes about his management style: In actual fact, even though Deng had suffered greatly drng 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 logic being that this would hurt the Party’s legitimacy and mandate to rule, possibly leading to another civil war.

Deng began his political life as a mayor of Chongqing, but by he was a rising star in Beijing. Did any other leader in the twentieth century do more to vogrl the lives of so many? In this superbly researched and highly readable biography, Vogel has definitively filled this void.

He doesn’t like to talk, he’s short, he was a oversea student in France, he suffered three purges under Mao, one of his sons was crippled due to Cultural revolution. We have to acknowledge we are backward and to learn from other countries.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

How else could he have survived? In these accounts we learn how Deng tried to protect his allies and how he sought to undermine his enemies; he fell, rose, fell again, then rose again to the pinnacle position in the second generation of the Communist dynasty. Deng had scored another victory by using his basic approach to reform: