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

Most of this large biography is dedicated to the many reforms Deng instigated during his 15 year rule. Much like his old boss Mao Zedong, that way, except that where Mao was more 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.

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.

What is resisting “bourgeoisie liberalization” style of growth? Perhaps because if they did the result might be mass suicide.

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

By the time Deng came to power, Mao had already unified the ezta, built a strong ruling structure and introduced modern industry – advantages that Deng could build on. In the same paragraph they write “In selecting high officials for party and government posts, Deng sought the best person for the job” “For high military positions, he wanted able people but personal loyalty was critical” Then they describe how nearly fifty percent of the Generals in his high command came from one army unit. It is well-written, in-depth and neutral in tone; it describes the good and bad effects his reforms had on China.

Thus, there were al Michael wrote: 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 His experiences would prove usefull in time to come.

A magnificent and detailed account of the life and events of China’s paramount leader in Chinw China. Not to be missed, if you have any interest in modern Chinese history. He used simple examples to make his case. It’s not the most psychologically deep biography, but that’s likely because there isn’t enough written archival information to examine because they man never took notes or wrote a journal. He became known as an excellent reformer, helping to stabilize the Chinese xlaoping 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 Sino-Soviet split.


For anyone who wants to understand modern China, this book is highly recommended. Patriotic Education After the immediate crises in the weeks following June 4, Deng and the other leaders began to deal with the larger problem of alienation among Chinese youth toward their government and the Communist Party.

China was able to negotiate down the US commitment to Taiwan marginally, but thhe Deng was unable to see Chia merged with the mainland – a situation that remains to this day. The most unfortunate blot on his memory is the Student Uprisings and Tiananmen.

An enormous, fascinating view of the man who had, after a century and a half of agony, brought China into the modern age, and brought hundreds of millions out of poverty. Ironically, the single country that contributed the most to China’s modernization is probably Japan. Want to Read Currently Reading Trznsformation. View all 14 comments.

He was a political commissar during the Revolution, and ended up governing several provinces in southern China during the transition, after which he joined the governing bureaucracy, ending up as General Secretary of the Party, where he helped execute Mao’s Great Leap Forward, and then tried to ameliorate the aftermath.

Aug 09, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Therefore, lessons from the political sphere are often applicable in business. Generally speaking, Deng Xiaoping outsmarted the hardcore leftists in his party either by phrasing his tge reforms in a clever way that they found hard to argue with, or else by avoiding arguing altogether.

However, Deng reassured his colleagues, who were aware of his differences with Mao, that he would not become China’s Khrushchev: His ability to get the work done cemented his high position. Until his final days he had a say in nominations to the CCP and army leadership.


Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

It was Deng behind the scenes who ordered the crack down on the square in Ezzra 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. In Paris, Deng joined a Communist youth league, and became a devout Marxist.

The things I learned about Deng from this book: It wasn’t a easy read. The product of 10 years of work by a leading China scholar, it is essential reading for anybody who wants to understand the evolution of China to the status it occupies today. At the very site where millions of young Red Guards had shouted ‘long live’ to him Comprehensive as it is, the book is not an expose. Oct 28, Washington Post rated it it was amazing.

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If a farmer has three ducks, he has no problem, but if he gets a fourth duck, is he a capitalist? In these accounts we learn how Deng tried to protect his allies and how he sought to undermine ziaoping enemies; he fell, rose, fell again, then rose again to the ezda position in the second generation of the Communist dynasty.

Tremendously insightful bio of probably the most important figure of ezraa 20th century in terms of long term impact: Like evangelical Christians interpreting the bible literally, high-level communists treated the works of Karl Marx like holy books and obeyed them religiously. This was because Deng focused on training new managers and bureaucrats, supported Chinese technical advancement, and re-focused the Chinese economy on manufacturing and processing.

The book also considers economic his economic policies, as Deng tried to jump start China’s economy, based on tbe rapid growth with the risk of inflation. There are of course some gems. The contribution of Deng to the present China is enormous. Read Pomfret’s review here: Vogel writes about his management style: This well-researched book covers extremely well Chinese leadership from to