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Deng Xiaoping Theory
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Defining Deng Xiaoping Theory succinctly is a difficult task. This is partly because Deng changed his opinion, or at least his political alliances, on a number of occasions during his political career. For example, Deng was one of Mao's strongest supporters in the 1950s, and helped promote the radicalism of the Great Leap Forward. Yet he also did much to overturn this radicalism after the failure of the Great Leap in the 1960s. Even after he rejected radicalism and embraced economic reform, Deng's economic ideas were far from consistent. When Davi…

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Breslin, Shaun, “Deng Xiaoping Theory”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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