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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Open Preview See a Problem? The history of China and mentality of people, even it has been changed over past years opened my eyes and helped to avoid predjuce which I have had before. And there was no one more involved in this evolution than Deng Xiaoping. Could it be that the Communist Party of China, indeed the entire Chinese political system, is merely an enormous irony enacted for the edification of unknowledgeable foreigners who believe that there must really be some underlying logic to Chinese society?

Indispensable in understanding Deng, what he accomplished, and where he fell short. I had to wait another 30 years, however, before a definitive biography would be written about Deng, arguably the most globally transformational leader of the 20th century. Instead, he didn’t 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.

His experiences would prove usefull in time to come. In writing this volume, Vogel has done an enormous amount of work. 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. For anyone who wants to understand modern China, this book is highly recommended.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

It is neither glowing, nor overly critical, and instead focuses solely on facts and results. Deng had esra 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 ane Mao. 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.


Agriculture reforms under Mao, which included grouping peasants together in large collective communes and banning private sale of excess grain on local markets – have led to mass starvation.

Deng began his political life as a mayor of Chongqing, but by he was a rising star in Beijing. Be the first to ask xialping question about Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Feb 22, Carl rated it it was amazing.

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

China began to develop its transportation systems, encourage market-led initiatives to promote economic growth, and opened up the system to greater economic freedoms for ordinary xixoping. When asked by American Congressmen about freedom of emigration, Deng asked ‘How many do you want? Throughout his career, Deng was known as a good diplomat. Deng eventually ended up commanding the 2nd Field Army, esra was instrumental in assisting Communist forces in succeeding in Sep 25, Meihan Liu rated it it was amazing.

The climate at stake [Full text]. His invasion of Vietnam is portrayed by Deng as a major voge in addressing Vietnam’s aggressiveness. Deng asked what people were afraid of – that it would harm socialism? Many Chinese government archives also remain off-limits. The West’s support for Taiwan and resistance to China’s claims to the islands in the South China Sea were also offered up to the public as examples of efforts to keep China down. In my understanding, Den Xiaoping vigel made the greatest contribution for the modern China because China’s extraordinary rapid growth in technology, education and economy began under his leadership.

Vogel’s biography is extremely easy to read, fascinating, well sourced and full rhe incredible detail. Don’t argue, try it. Again and again he survived threatening challenges in the Chinese political bureaucracy, to emerge at the top in the late s. Among other reasons for reading it is that none xiaopint the Chinese literature of the last 30 years is comprehensible without it. These SEZ’s were allowed to step away from party doctrine and experiment with new economic and political techniques to both encourage growth and develop tools and techniques for the rest of China.


However it seems the author wanted to stick to credible sources and I do respect that.

Many of us made mistakes; we lacked experience and had poor judgment. So Deng Xiaoping was one of those elemental badass guys who’s a lot of fun to read about, and very scary when you realize that real people had to deal with him and the consequences of his actions. This was a time of turmoil in Asia, as the President-come Dictator of Philippines, Marcos, was overthrown by popular protest.

The book could use some editing.

The author skillfully 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 both academic and accessible, both objective and heartfelt. Vogel’s staff put together a list of speeches and meetings.

If it works, let it spread. Thanks for telling us about od problem. 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. Not to be missed, if you have any interest in modern Chinese history.

However the book fails to answer the most important question about Deng. He was the strict and practical leader which China desperately needed at that point of time.

It is a treat for those interested in learning the concepts of economic development, military strategies and superior personality traits. Fisher, The Wall Street Journal.

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