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And no scholar is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China's boldest strategist--the pragmatic, disciplined force behind China's radical economic, technological, and social transformation.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Apr 16, BlackOxford rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography-biographical , favourites , chinese. Continuity as Illusion I question whether even the Chinese understand China. Perhaps because if they did the result might be mass suicide. Much better, like the Catholic Church, to re-shape the meaning of words to the needs of the day while keeping the form constant.
A sort of rationality can thus be maintained within the most irrational of situations. Among other reasons for reading it is that none of the Chinese literature of the last 30 years is comprehensible without it. 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?
Its purpose then would be to keep us busy or entertained by expressions that mean precisely the opposite of their literal translations. Either that or they really are mad. View all 26 comments. Jan 26, Zach Zhao rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , nonfiction-culture-history. No country underwent greater changes in the second half of the twentieth century than China and no man was more responsible for these changes than the subject of this incredible biography.
Deng Xiaoping - the architect of modern China - received both the respect and the criticism that he deserved in Vogel's well-researched book.
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 No country underwent greater changes in the second half of the twentieth century than China and no man was more responsible for these changes than the subject of this incredible biography.
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 is a thorough examination not only on Deng Xiaoping the man, but also on the many turning points in China's recent history, for which Deng was often responsible the reform and opening policy, the normalization of relationships with the U. As a person, Deng was warm yet guarded.
As a leader, Deng was progressive yet restrained. As a spokesperson for China, Deng was witty yet manipulative. 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.
There are nevertheless some minor issues I have with the book. Vogel chose not to follow a strictly chronological order when recounting Deng's life story, but instead structured the book based on the nature of Deng's various policies. While this approach certainly helps the readers connect the dots between different periods of Deng's life, it occasionally becomes confusing especially since so many events and characters are involved. There were also some translation errors that I have noticed, the most egregious being when Vogel tried to explain the significance of Hua Guofeng's adopted name.
Vogel claimed that it means "Chinese vanguard against the Japanese". However, "Hua" means China, "Guo" means nation, "Feng" means vanguard. How Vogel managed to see "Japanese" in these three characters is a mystery beyond my comprehension.
But if one could look past these minor mistakes, one would certainly have an enjoyable read. View 1 comment. Aug 31, Jordan rated it liked it. It wasn't a easy read. Not because the writer was not talented. In contrast this book provided a fascinating account of Deng's life. The event leading up to the tragic Tiananmen square was covered in details. The things I learned about Deng from this book: He doesn't like to talk, he's short, he was a oversea student in France, he suffered three purges under Mao, one of his sons was crippled due to Cultural revolution.
Deng was a ultimate political survivor. What ultimate helped Deng was Mao beli It wasn't a easy read. What ultimate helped Deng was Mao believed Deng was loyal to him because of an episode during the civil war struggle against Nationalist regime.
When Deng took over the country was in ruin because of Cultural Revolution. Deng quickly pushed aside Hua Guofeng and was established as the paramount leader. He wasn't concern with formal expression of power rather then with informal accumulation of power.
Deng never hold high position in the State. His power was derived from being the chairman of Central Military Commission. Throughout his career, Deng was known as a good diplomat. Nixon had good impression of him.
Deng also forged close tie with Bush Sr. Deng negotiated the return of Hong Kong. He was widely popular early in his regime. His pursue of economics reform ultimately to inflation which caused the student uprising.
The crushing of student uprising tarnished his reputation. Overall, his economics reform improved quality of life of billion of Chinese but it also led to widespread political corruption that is still plaguing China's current government.
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.
Deng Xiaoping was a fascinating character, who put the framework in place that China has used to modernize and bring millions of people out of poverty. He redesigned China's political landscape, radically altered its Marxist economy and put the necessary reforms in place to put China on the path to its current position in the world. 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.
Even so, his tenure in politics is not without controversy. He spent decades under Mao loyally towing the party line, took part in purges, and was responsible for purges of his own, including the notorious Tiananmen Square crackdown of Vogel has written an authoritative biography, chronicling the ups and downs of Deng Xiaoping with a neutral tone, fantastic sourcing and research, and intricate depth and detail often uncommon in a biography.
Deng Xiaoping was born in in Sichuan province, then under the control of China's final Imperial dynasty, the Qing. The Qing Dynasty collapsed in , and China was thrown into turmoil as warlords competed for power and influence in the nation.
The Republic of China ROC , founded in , was hard pressed to create stability in a nation in such turmoil. During this period, Deng Xiaoping grew up in Sichuan, and eventually went to Paris, France with an exchange program for Chinese youth.
In Paris, Deng joined a Communist youth league, and became a devout Marxist. He engaged in political activity in France, and eventually fled to the Soviet Union, where he received. He returned to China in and worked with a warlord who was supported by the Soviets. His forces were eventually defeated, and he fled to Jiangxi to join up with Communist forces. Deng originally supported the unity government of Communist-Nationalist forces against the Japanese, and after the war ended, continued the struggle against KMT forces.
Deng eventually ended up commanding the 2nd Field Army, and was instrumental in assisting Communist forces in succeeding in
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
From this certainty stem both the qualities and criticism that can be raised about this book. Salisbury , Ruan Ming , Richard Evans , Benjamin Yang , and Michael Marti , as well as special issues of journals devoted to contemporary China, including The China Quarterly and China Perspectives , from which Vogel has drawn generously. But Vogel has also been able to consult several recent works of historians, Chinese journalists, and, crucially, former colleagues of Deng who have published accounts of their own direct roles in activities alongside the Little Helmsman, especially two works of Yu Guanyuan published in and Deng masked his intentions and aims with respect to the dominant ideology.
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