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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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In his book, Ezra Vogel gives a detailed account of the life of Deng Xiaoping.

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Tibet was, and remains, a controversial part of China, as its cultural history is quite different from that of China. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, by Ezra Vogel, is a fabulously written biography of one xiaopibg modern China’s most well regarded politicians.

He was born to a Jewish family in in Delaware, Ohio. Deng had scored another victory xaioping using his basic approach to reform: Overall it’s szra 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.

Patriotic education that emphasized the history of the century of humiliation by foreign vogdl had been the main theme of propaganda in the s, and it had never disappeared. Patriotic “education” linked nationalism to the Communist Party, as the Communists in World War II appealed to patriotism and nationalism to rally support against the Japanese. The book portraits Deng as a paramount leader whose virtues and flaws are equally visible and whose influence is unparalleled – a portrait that is most likely not very far away from the truth.

Comparisons with the Soviet Union fall flat. Vogel gets the history of Taiwan wrong. What should replace Marxism-Leninism and Maoist ideology to win the hearts and minds of China’s youth? His main argument is that Deng deserves a central place vogeo the pantheon of 20th-century leaders.


Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Therefore, lessons from the political sphere are often applicable in business. Ddeng wonderful biography of Deng Xiaoping.

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.

His belief in the communist ideology provided him the authority to lead and his willingness to experiment is what generated result. Sep 03, Mof rated it liked it. 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.

When one thinks of the situation in China inand compares it to the situation inthere is a natural curiosity about how this remarkable evolution of the governing processes of China took place. Open Preview See a Problem?

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He became known as an excellent reformer, helping to stabilize the Chinese economy in the ‘s, and was also a well respected diplomat, as he was instrumental in negotiating an opening of relations with the United States, and was critical of the Soviets during the Xjaoping split.

However, as Vogel agilely shows, this matters little: Deng had his own vision and pragmatic approaches about making China rich and powerful, and he reached his goals by building the right fundemantals in his prime for the future after Mao.

The reader should want to know what was the intrigue, who were Deng’s allies and how did he keep them close, even in exile. His pursue of economics reform ultimately to inflation which caused the student uprising.

Chairman Mao had made extraordinary contributions to the party and the party should not launch an attack on Mao like Khrushchev’s attack on Stalin. Economic progress was achieved, but limits on the freedom had to be set. There is no proof or evidence given that the party and government were any different from the military. The portrait that emerges is of a visionary eeng who helped his nation overcome the self-inflicted wounds of Mao Zedong and achieve enormous economic advances.


Deng began by reforming China’s education system to encourage technical knowledge over political doctrine. It offers an enormous compendium of material about the vohel Communist whose story, even more than that of Mao, reflects the dramatically varying fortunes of his nation xaoping the 20th century‚Ķ Vogel is an admiring biographer who presents a treasure trove of new information that will delight modern China scholars for years to come.

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

He sent politicians and industrialists abroad to Japan, the US and Europe both to learn new techniques for management and organization, as well as to open the eyes of China’s Party to just how far China had fallen behind. To many Westerners, sanctions on China were a way of attacking Chinese leaders who used force on June 4, but xeng Chinese people the sanctions hurt all Chinese.

He wasn’t concern with formal expression of power rather then with informal accumulation of power. The Great Reversal [Abstract]. Stapleton Roy, former U.

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 Among other reasons for reading it is that none of the Chinese literature of the last 30 years is comprehensible without it.