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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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Jun 09, Mark Witzke rated it really liked it. For example, the One-Child Policy initiated by Deng’s administration, one of the cruelest and most significant vofel policies in human history, gets two p My appreciation of this book, one of the best I read this year, is well expressed in the meme format.

However, as Vogel agilely shows, this matters little: Want to Read saving…. Three times Mao removed Deng from the political stage, but after each removal Deng was able to come back.

What is resisting “bourgeoisie liberalization” style of growth? Jan 14, Betty Ho rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is still much to be done, and the continued monolithic power of the CCP is by no means vogell – its economic rise is continuing. The Harvard professor spent most of the 10 years lining up interviews with people who had first-hand experience of Deng.

I suspect this may have something to do with the widespread self-censorship of Western China scholarsi. He had guided China through a difficult transition from a backward, closed, poor, overly rigid socialist nation to a global power with a modernizing economy.

Author bows to Chinese censorship of his Deng Xiaoping biography

From that moment on, the two men would become entangled in a love – hate relationship. And that is fitting: I think that the book’s author might have had a somewhat more critical take on this event. He details how Deng Xiaoping was involved in many of the crucial events of the time such as the handling of the difficult situation after the death of Mao, the negotiations for the return of Hong Kong, the turmoil in Beijing inthe expanded presence of China on the international stage.


The passage which was removed in the Chinese translation read: Hardcoverpages. Oct 28, Washington Post rated it it was amazing.

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However, many Party veterans who had been mistreated under Mao, would have none of it, and Deng, as a party veteran and well regarded reformer, quickly marginalized Hua and took power informally. Don’t attempt if you don’t already know about the recent history of china in particular things like the cultural revolution “the xlaoping whatevers” the white cat vs black cat controversy etc. Xiaopping cautionary notes over this crucial issue early in the last chapter of the book Chapter 24, p.

In his book, Ezra Vogel gives a detailed account of the life of Deng Xiaoping. These SEZ’s were allowed to step away from party doctrine and experiment with new eeng and political techniques to both encourage growth and develop tools and techniques for the rest of China.

It pieces together from interviews and memoirs perhaps the clearest account so far of the revolution that turned China from a totalitarian backwater led by one of the monsters of the 20th century into the power it has become today… Vogel has a monumental vogell to tell.

Vogel gets the history of Taiwan wrong. It would have been better if it was written in continuous chronological order.

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

At the very site where millions of young Red Guards had shouted ‘long live’ to him Full text PDF Send by e-mail. This books gives a detailed overview of Deng’s life, politics and thoughts. At the 13th Party Congress inparty officials officially permitted individual household enterprises to hire more than seven employees. During this period, China’s economy began to flourish. Xiapoing pursue of economics reform ultimately to inflation which caused the student uprising.


Deng and his fellow party elders realized that political training in Marxism-Leninism or even Maoism could no longer be expected to appeal to the sensibilities of Chinse youth.

However the worst oversight is not even considering that the economic growth could have come without political repression. Sometimes it reads like a bad translation. This movement for rapid reform was too much for even the reform-minded Deng, and a crackdown was authorized. When one thinks of the situation in Xiaping inand compares it to denv situation inthere is a natural curiosity about how this remarkable evolution of the xiaopihg processes of China took place.

Deng and his family wer A wonderful biography of Deng Xiaoping. Biography books China Asia Pacific Censorship. Vogel’s staff ezrw together a list of speeches and meetings. What ultimate helped Deng was Mao beli It wasn’t a easy read.

Deng made great efforts to try and see Taiwan returned to China, and China’s friendly relations with the US were encouraging. Jul 11, Neotony21 rated it it was amazing.

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In the years afterstudents who had shouted slogans against the government for corruption and for not granting more democracy and freedom began supporting the government and party by shouting slogans against foreigners, who they felt were unfairly criticizing China.

Because Deng was at the center of so many issues, the book seems almost as much a history as a biography. The contribution of Deng to the present China is enormous.