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

Books by Ezra F. 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.

This fascinating book provides a host of insights into the factors that enabled Deng to triumph over repeated setbacks and lay the basis for China to regain the wealth and power that has eluded it for two centuries. Professor Vogel traces the life and times of this remarkable leader fransformation survived three purges but always returned to the center of things, lastly to become China’s supreme leader.

His task of modernizing China was immense, and many hurdles remained.

Mao eventually brought him back as a possible successor; he showed his loyalty to Mao by mercilessly denouncing Reng En-lai, his old friend of 50 years standing. China had not yet introduced voting, even in the villages, but the April 5 demonstrations had made it clear, at least in Beijing where the political consciousness was by far the highest, that Mao had lost the popular mandate, that Zhou Enlai was the public’s hero, and the Deng Xiaoping had enough public support to become the preeminent leader.


He returned to China in and worked with a warlord who was supported by the Soviets. There is no proof or evidence given that the party and government were any different from the trnsformation. These systems did help develop Tibet, but the results were mixed, as Tibet remains restive and hostile transformatlon Chinese rule.

Jul 03, Rob Hocking rated it it was amazing. Deng did not merely throw bogel the gates and declare ‘free markets’ as Gorbachev did. Many of us made mistakes; we lacked experience and had poor judgment. But several advantages of China and wise and foresight vision of top people in China helped to move ahead the economy except of collapsing as it happenned in Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

The first time he was purged, it was for “being part of the Mao clique” – this was before Mao came to power, and actually worked to his transformatjon later.

When asked by American Congressmen about freedom of emigration, Deng asked ‘How many do you want?

Vogel is careful to place everything in context and does a masterful job of story-telling as well. But the disasters of the Great Leap Forward had widened the adn between the unreconstructed romantic visionary and the pragmatic implementations. Among other reasons for reading it is that none of the Chinese literature of the last 30 years is comprehensible without it. His years as Supreme Leader were marked by the utmost pragmatism.

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Deng also had to balance the competing forces of rapid modernization with slow growth. 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. Follow us RSS feed. Deng’s practical repudiation of the Maoism that almost killed him while maintaining the forms of Maoist xiaoplng is the theme of this breath-takin Continuity as Illusion I question whether even the Chinese understand China.


It will be seen if someone as visionary as him xiwoping it free.

China’s economy has skyrocketed in recent decades, with millions of people brought out of grinding poverty. This led to a rapid strike on Vietnam, a la the Indian border conflict, to teach the Soviets and Vietnamese that China was not to be tampered with. Not because the writer was not talented. Despite cautionary notes over this crucial issue early in the last chapter of the book Chapter 24, p. This is another incredible book, and I’d like to begin by listing its awards: Deng was a pretty scary guy.

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. 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.

For that he is to be applauded; there is a whole hoard of valuable material here that we probably would not have gained otherwise. To be fair, Deng was not as awful as many of his compatriots and it’s my word against that of one of the world’s foremost experts on this topic.