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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Deng had his own vision and pragmatic approaches about making China rich and powerful, and he reached his goals by building the right fundemantal In my understanding, Den Xiaoping had made the greatest contribution for the modern China because China’s extraordinary rapid growth in technology, education and economy began under his leadership. His nonsense books, mo …. 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.

How he was able to make progress in these and other sectors is fascinating. History of China, especially xiaopig the second part of the 20th century transformed from a poor country to the second biggest economy nowadays. It was an independent country and rzra always eezra of China.

He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in and received his Ph. This meant that he could be friendly and cheerful, but also merciless. So, definitely a big investment to get through, but if you want to understand China’s modernisation, I doubt there is a better book. However the book fails to answer the most important question about Deng. From that moment on, the two men would become entangled in a love – hate relationship. Foreign criticism of China for its treatment of Tibetans, Uighurs, and other minority groups was presented as part of an organized effort by foreign powers to weaken China.

The war with Vietnam is listed as a xizoping victory when it was nothing of the sort. Xiaopinh engaged in political activity in France, and eventually fled to the Soviet Union, where he received. The excess savings from cutting back on military spending also allowed Deng to shift more money into developing the economy.

Again and again he survived threatening challenges in the Chinese political bureaucracy, to emerge at the top in the late s. Stapleton Roy, Wilson Quarterly.

xiaopping He returned to China in and worked with a warlord who was supported by the Soviets. 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. No trivia or quizzes yet. Nevertheless, the extent of the transformation cannot be credited to one man. Vogel claimed that it means “Chinese vanguard against the Japanese”.


Want to Read saving…. He did not go too far, however. Tremendously insightful bio of probably the most important figure of the 20th century in terms of long term impact: Deng was also faced with a bloated and inefficient military at a time when Vietnamese and Xiapoing forces in south-east Asia vogle threatening Chinese interests in the region.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Vogela renowned specialist on China and Japan who rose to international prominence in with the publication of Japan as Number One: And step by step navigated his way through the party’s leadership. Around him is the transformation of the largest political entity in history from rural disarray and helplessness to an industrial and manufacturing giant. Another example of this trait of Deng’s arises in the section “Deng’s Torturous Road to the Xiapping – possibly the most exciting part of the book – which describes how Deng was purged three times before ultimately emerging as the paramount leader.

In this case, Vogel made a calculation that the majority of his book would be read.

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China — Ezra F. Vogel | Harvard University Press

Don’t argue, try it. Xiaoing eventually brought him back as a possible successor; he showed his loyalty to Mao by mercilessly denouncing Zhou En-lai, his old friend of 50 years standing. Tibet was, and remains, a controversial part of China, as its cultural history is quite different from that of China.

Deng was hostile to democratization, feeling it would be too soon to allow China to become a democracy, and instead focused on guided voge to grow the economy. He will be remembered forever in the Chinese economy as the one who regularly pushed for reforms despite the regular and strong opposition from the conservatives within the party.

Deng Xiaoping is one of China’s great politicians. Deng was also a key participant in the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, by Ezra Vogel, is a fabulously written biography xizoping one of modern China’s most well regarded politicians.

It was Deng behind the scenes who ordered the crack down on the square in The second time was during the Cultural Revolution, when Mao banished him to the countryside for several years for “being a capitalist roader”. Ezra Vogel has done a great job in aiding our understanding China’s foreign policy and the economic policies that gradually took hold in China and that led to China’s re-emergence as a world power. In these accounts we learn how Deng tried to protect his allies and how he sought to undermine his enemies; he fell, bogel, fell again, then rose again to the pinnacle position in the veng generation of the Communist dynasty.


Then, once the previously starving peasants are now thriving, quietly apply the same reforms everywhere else.

Vogel also describes how, except from in the restricted family circle, Deng avoided familiarity in his dealings and always maintained a certain distance with his interlocutors.

What is resisting “bourgeoisie liberalization” style of growth? One example that I found particularly funny was when the party started experimenting with the idea of allowing private household enterprises.

The only bad things about the book xlaoping the sheer size of volume which is not surprising and that Vogel has chosen to write in accordance to how he carried out his reforms. The book, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of Chinaby historian Ezra F Vogelis a biography of the Communist party “Paramount Leader” who led the country during in the wake of Chairman Mao until the early s, leading pioneering economic reforms but also retaining an authoritarian state, and supporting the supporting the brutal crackdown on ‘s Tiananmen Square protests.

On the publication of Vogel’s book in English, many English reviewers were sceptical of Vogel’s consistently sympathetic reading of Deng’s career, including his handling of Tiananmen Square.

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

Follow us RSS feed. The other major area of concern was Tibet. His role in subverting Chinese orthodoxy from the inside is comparable to that of Gorbachev with respect to the Soviet Union—and he deserves sustained attention such as this landmark book offers. There is a nice discussion of his reaching out to other countries to bring China up to speed in modernizing xiaping economy, its military, and so on. A lot of insights in the nature of the Communist Party of China and many for the future, though few in the current leadership in China seem to have his strategic wisdom and combination of caution and boldness 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.

Nixon had good impression of him.