Deng Xiaoping : The Man Who Made Modern China
by Michael Dillon
Editor: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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One of the most important figures in world politics during the second half of the twentieth century; Deng Xiaoping is generally considered as the central figure behind China’s economic liberalization program which produces unprecedented rates of growth and early development in the 1970s.Lift almost 1 billion people out of poverty,”Four Modernization” Xiaoping called for reform in agriculture, industry, military and science and technology.Today, these reforms are supposed to be the turning point in modern Chinese history, allowing China to effectively exploit its already latent power in its quest to become an economic superpower.Barely ten years after this formidable achievement, Deng’s brutal repression of the democratic movement in Tiananmen Square severely compromised his national and international reputation.To explain the apparent contradictions between Xiaoping’s desire for economic liberalization and political conservatism, Michael Dillon’s biography uses recently published Chinese sources to detail the emergence of Xiaoping from a minority, the second community zone in Sichuan province, through education in France, to its dazzling rise to the top of the CCP’s political hierarchy, illustrating the way in which the political hierarchy is shaped.Dillon’s biography approaches Xiaoping times as an intensely committed communist capable of playing a leading role in the great leap forward from 1958 to 1961, while incurring Mao’s wrath only ten years later, as he was exiled and purged during the Revolution culture.Focusing on the effectiveness of Xiaoping as a party operator and political bruiser rather than an intellectual capable of formulating the reforms for which he finally had credit, this book sheds light on Deng’s ability to capitalize on the expertise planning of other party members.This biography of the central figure in e China
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