Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

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by Ezra F. Vogel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674055446

ISBN-13: 9780674055445

Pub. Date: 09/26/2011

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Perhaps no one in the twentieth century had a greater long-term impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. And no scholar of contemporary East Asian history and culture is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the many contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China's boldest strategist.

Once described by Mao Zedong as a "needle inside a

Overview

Perhaps no one in the twentieth century had a greater long-term impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. And no scholar of contemporary East Asian history and culture is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the many contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China's boldest strategist.

Once described by Mao Zedong as a "needle inside a ball of cotton," Deng was the pragmatic yet disciplined driving force behind China's radical transformation in the late twentieth century. He confronted the damage wrought by the Cultural Revolution, dissolved Mao's cult of personality, and loosened the economic and social policies that had stunted China's growth. Obsessed with modernization and technology, Deng opened trade relations with the West, which lifted hundreds of millions of his countrymen out of poverty. Yet at the same time he answered to his authoritarian roots, most notably when he ordered the crackdown in June 1989 at Tiananmen Square.

Deng's youthful commitment to the Communist Party was cemented in Paris in the early 1920s, among a group of Chinese student-workers that also included Zhou Enlai. Deng returned home in 1927 to join the Chinese Revolution on the ground floor. In the fifty years of his tumultuous rise to power, he endured accusations, purges, and even exile before becoming China's preeminent leader from 1978 to 1989 and again in 1992. When he reached the top, Deng saw an opportunity to creatively destroy much of the economic system he had helped build for five decades as a loyal follower of Mao-and he did not hesitate.

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ISBN-13:
9780674055445
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/26/2011
Pages:
928
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.20(d)

Table of Contents

Map: China in the 1980 ix

Preface: In Search of Deng xi

Introduction: The Man and His Mission 1

Deng's Background

1 From Revolutionary to Builder to Reformer, 1904-1969 15

Deng's Tortuous Road to the Top, 1969-1977

2 Banishment and Return, 1969-1974 49

3 Bringing Order under Mao, 1974-1975 91

4 Looking Forward under Mao, 1975 120

5 Sidelined as the Mao Era Ends, 1976 157

6 Return under Hua, 1977-1978 184

Creating the Deng Era, 1978-1980

7 Three Turning Points, 1978 217

8 Setting the Limits of Freedom, 1978-1979 249

9 The Soviet-Vietnamese Threat, 1978-1979 266

10 Opening to Japan, 1978 294

11 Opening to the United States, 1978-1979 311

12 Launching the Deng Administration, 1979-1980 349

The Deng Era, 1978-1989

13 Deng's Art of Governing 377

14 Experiments in Guangdong and Fujian, 1979-1984 394

15 Economic Readjustment and Rural Reform, 1978-1982 423

16 Accelerating Economic Growth and Opening, 1982-1989 450

17 One Country, Two Systems: Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet 477

18 The Military: Preparing for Modernization 523

19 The Ebb and Flow of Politics 553

Challenges to the Deng Era, 1989-1992

20 Beijing Spring, April 15-May 17, 1989 595

21 The Tiananmen Tragedy, May 17-June4, 1989 616

22 Standing Firm, 1989-1992 640

23 Deng's Finale: The Southern journey, 1992 664

Deng's Place in History

24 China Transformed 693

Key People in the Deng Era 717

Chinese Communist Party Congresses and Plenums, 1956?1992 747

Abbreviations 749

Notes 751

Index 851

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Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to purchase the book after attending a lecture by the author. I am very impressed by the detailed data gathering and unbiased analysis of Deng''s life. I highly recommend this book to anyone wants to know tghe future direction of China.
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excellent gives you insight that was never before given. Anyone that loves history or wants to know how China has become a dominate world player in the last 30+ years... than this book is a must read.
JYKWA More than 1 year ago
Mr. Vogel's books is quite dense, clocking in at over 700 pages, but it's very well-written and easy to read. It is about Deng Xiaoping but also about the birth (or rebirth) of a sleeping giant. Deng is a consummate politician who knew when to hold and when to fold and who adroitly used his personal power base to establish an enduring governmental structure while avoiding the temptation to be another charismatic dictator. An extraordinary pragmatist, Deng Xiaoping made some missteps (e.g. Tiananmen Square), but one cannot deny that he was a giant who shaped China into what it is today.
LeongWaiHong More than 1 year ago
Deng was a giant of a man. Not in size but in stature. He was the man who ensured China grew to be a economic power house within 20 years after his death. What is remarkable is that he only became paramount leader after he was released from exile imposed during the Cultural Revolution. So he started ruling China at the ripe age of 73. This just released 700 page biography is a very readable book. It is written in a chronological manner. Not much is known of Deng's life as his modus operandi is not to leave notes but to commit all records to memory. This was his means to stay alive. I highly recommend this book as the previous biography by Richard Evans was published way back in 1994.