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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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From that moment on, the two men would become entangled in a love – hate relationship. His hcina in upgrading the state of science and education is one focal point. It would have been better if it was written in continuous chronological order.

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On overall, Deng may come across to the reader as a highly intelligent and ruthless leader; but also well-liked, respected by the Party and the Chinese public who remain grateful to him for ending much of the poverty xnd starvation they faced, and being a good parent to his family and wife.

Although he did not have proper university education, he learnt through ups and downs of life. Vogel recounts how Deng —a leading figure from the s on, was banished when his preference for practicality over class struggle angered Mao Zedong during the disastrous — Cultural Revolution.

Apr 07, Elliott added it. Deng and his fellow party elders realized that political training in Marxism-Leninism or even Maoism could no longer be expected to appeal to the sensibilities of Chinse youth. Market led reforms and a rationalization of government organizational structures and management voel encouraged rapid growth at tranformation Industrial level.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

If a farmer has three ducks, he has no problem, but if he gets a fourth duck, is he a capitalist? 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. There is a nice discussion of his reaching out to other countries to bring China up to speed in modernizing its economy, its military, and so on.

During this period, Deng Xiaoping grew up in Sichuan, and eventually went to Paris, France with an exchange program for Chinese youth. There is a fascinating tale told of how he used his political skills to get China on a pathway toward more rapid growth.


Vogel finally takes control of the pen and writes the last 21 pages of the book.

Coming to the central character of the book, Deng was a shrewd pragmatist. Sep 03, Mof rated it liked it. People interested in China. As for me this book opened China from different side. Thus, there were al Michael wrote: Although he never saw Hong Kong returned to China after its 99 year lease to the United Kingdom came to pass, he was instrumental in negotiating the terms of its return, and developed the One Nation, Two Systems principle to stabilize its return.

Thus, there were always a few of us Michaels in America. 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. The excess savings from cutting back on military spending also allowed Deng to shift more money into developing the economy. In Paris, Deng joined a Communist youth league, and became a devout Marxist. We have to acknowledge we are backward and to learn from other countries.

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.

He starts with his early life, how he became a communist, his rise and downfalls during Mao Zedong and ultimately his rise after the death of Mao Zedong and the transformation of Mao’s Chiona to the China we now know today.

He was the strict and practical leader which China desperately needed at tha It is a treat for those interested in learning the concepts of economic development, military strategies and superior personality traits. Deng masked his intentions and aims with respect to the dominant ideology.

Deng and his family were essentially “exiled.

Jun 22, Alex MacMillan rated it really liked it. After all, one can give his policies the credit of saving hundreds of millions of people from poverty. Nixon had good impression of him.

Vogel gets the history of Taiwan wrong. From now on, the question for Deng became not only how to work with Mao while he was still alive—since as long as Mao was ezfa, Mao would still dominate—but also how to maximize any decision-making leeway that Mao might tolerate. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.


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His leadership and reforms were not wholly certain – he had to outmaneuver the bloodthirsty ‘Gang of Four’, and one of Mao’s chosen successors in order to gain power. At a macro level, I think business an This is probably the longest book I’ve ever read, but recommend it to anyone that wants to learn more about China, or who has a general interest in history or business.

The war with Vietnam is listed as a quick victory when it tye nothing of the sort. By the time Deng came to power, Mao had already unified the country, built a strong ruling structure hte introduced modern industry – advantages that Deng could build on.

We have a lot to do, a long way to go and a lot to learn. Aug 17, Tulga G rated it it was amazing. Hong Kong was and transforation 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.

Still and xxiaoping, an important work.

During the Cultural Revolution, Deng was banished ane the country side, which dneg used to consider directions he would pursue to achieve reform. Deng eventually ended up commanding the 2nd Field Army, and was instrumental in assisting Communist forces in succeeding in It is disconcerting to note that Deng was a key figure in some of Mao’s worst excesses.

Deng quickly pushed aside Hua Guofeng and was established as the paramount leader. Be the first to ask a question about Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China.

Lessons for Americahas attempted the difficult task of providing a comprehensive look at the experiences and influences that shaped this remarkable individual. Deng had previously enacted two crackdowns in the early ‘s as well, both against vocal critiques of the PRC. He inherited from Mao a country devastated by Mao’s disastrous policies, most recently the ten year long Cultural Revolution; transformaation picked up the pieces and set China on the path towards becoming the superpower that it is today.