Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
Deng Xiaoping brought radical change to China, pulling the country from the wreckage of Mao’s Cultural Revolution and launching it on a path of astonishing economic growth.
But Deng was a complex figure. Though a modernizer eager to expand trade with the West, he acted on his authoritarian roots in ordering a violent crackdown on political dissent at Tiananmen Square.
Join Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University and author of the landmark biography Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, as he discusses Deng’s rise to power and mixed legacy.