Billboard featuring Deng Xiaoping in Lizhi Park, Shenzhen. Source: Wikimedia.
Deng Xiaoping, “Build Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” in Sources of Chinese Tradition, vol. 2, compiled by Wm. Theodore de Bary and 507-10.
How might you characterize Deng’s attitude toward Mao in his speech? Are there perhaps multiple ways we might go about answering this question?
What is Deng’s approach to socialism? Capitalism?
Describe Deng’s goals and proposed methods. Evaluate whether or not they most resemble capitalism or socialism.
In 1981, five years after Mao's death and the end of the Cultural Revolution decade, Deng pronounced that Mao was 70 percent right and 30 percent wrong.
As as an international committee of historians, you have been asked to evaluate Deng Xiaoping’s time as the country’s most influential leader from 1978 to his death in 1997 and determine a similar formulation of what percent “right” and what percent “wrong” Deng was.
To conduct your investigation, you will need to:
Define what you mean by “right” and “wrong.”
Identify all available evidence in Wasserstrom and place each piece of evidence into the “right” or “wrong” category.
Keeping in mind that not all information should necessarily be weighted equally, determine the relative weight of each side and translate that into the statement…