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Deng Xiaoping: Portrait of a Chinese Statesman (review)

Deng Xiaoping: Portrait of a Chinese Statesman (review) 242 China Review International: Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 1998 who emerged during the Vietnam War, it is now time to objectively reassess many of the laudatory works of that generation so that a more accurate picture, warts and all, can be made available. Selden's work, unfortunately, falls somewhat short of this goal. Gerald W. Berkley-Coats University of Guam Gerald W. Berkley-Coats is a professor of Chinese history and Director ofEast Asian Studies at the University of Guam. David Shambaugh, editor. Deng Xiaoping: Portrait ofa Chinese Statesman. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995. vii, 172 pp. Paperback $16.95, isbn 0-19828933-2. The Chinese have a saying--gai guan lun ding--"only when the coffin lid is down can a man's reputation be fixed." However, the book under review here came out before Deng's death, and China scholarship may still need more time and perspective before passing a final verdict on Deng's reputation. In the meantime, this volume provides the reader with an intriguing set of perspectives that immediately reflect the state of the art in the study of China's leaders. The volume's title relates the question of reputation to "statesmanship"; however, die concept of "statesman" is not really explored, except belatedly in die http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Deng Xiaoping: Portrait of a Chinese Statesman (review)

China Review International , Volume 5 (1) – Mar 30, 1998

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242 China Review International: Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 1998 who emerged during the Vietnam War, it is now time to objectively reassess many of the laudatory works of that generation so that a more accurate picture, warts and all, can be made available. Selden's work, unfortunately, falls somewhat short of this goal. Gerald W. Berkley-Coats University of Guam Gerald W. Berkley-Coats is a professor of Chinese history and Director ofEast Asian Studies at the University of Guam. David Shambaugh, editor. Deng Xiaoping: Portrait ofa Chinese Statesman. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995. vii, 172 pp. Paperback $16.95, isbn 0-19828933-2. The Chinese have a saying--gai guan lun ding--"only when the coffin lid is down can a man's reputation be fixed." However, the book under review here came out before Deng's death, and China scholarship may still need more time and perspective before passing a final verdict on Deng's reputation. In the meantime, this volume provides the reader with an intriguing set of perspectives that immediately reflect the state of the art in the study of China's leaders. The volume's title relates the question of reputation to "statesmanship"; however, die concept of "statesman" is not really explored, except belatedly in die

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Published: Mar 30, 1998

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