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Dave Pritchard is an independent consultant in both the environment and culture sectors. He has worked for almost 30 years in national and international policy and law with bodies like UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme, the Foundation for International Environmental Law & Development, the Ramsar Convention, Convention on Migratory Species and BirdLife International, and has been a non-executive Director of both Wetlands International and the UK Government’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee, in which he has chaired Programme & Science and Audit & Risk Management Committees respect...

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“Amazon is the Reader’s Friend” debate tonight

Published on 15 Jan 2015

Is book publishing an oligopoly, a dinosaur in need of disruption? Is Amazon, which accounts for 41% of all new book and 67% of all e-book sales, a monopoly? Who is doing right by readers and the future of books? I agreed to post the livestream here so our friends and readers can hear different sides of the debate. Read more about it Intelligence Squared. My articles: “Amazon update: when will the justice department step […]


Karen’s Letter: A 97th Birthday Party

Published on 20 Nov 2014

We celebrated Bill (William H.) McNeill’s 97th birthday a couple of weeks ago, in the Connecticut house where he has lived full-time since retiring from the University of Chicago. This year’s party was a last hurrah, a bon voyage, because the following day he moved to an apartment in a senior living complex. Bill took the change more easily than I did. He told me that he was looking forward to a more convivial life, more community, and […]


Starting work on the Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines

Published on 20 Oct 2014

Starting work on the Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines
Berkshire Publishing relishes the chance to work, at long last, on a major food publication, the Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines.



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Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography

Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography:

Buy Now Kerry Brown, China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney
Hardcover $595 2014 3 Vol. 1744 pages.    Factsheet


About the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography

The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, the first publication of its kind since 1898, is the work of more than one hundred internationally recognized experts from nearly a dozen countries. It has been designed to satisfy the growing thirst of students, researchers, professionals, and general readers for knowledge about China. It makes the entire span of Chinese history manageable by introducing the reader to emperors, politicians, poets, writers, artists, scientists, explorers, and philosophers who have shaped and transformed China over the course of five thousand years. In 135 entries, ranging from 1,000 to 8,000 words and written by some of the world’s leading China scholars, the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography takes the reader from the important (even if possibly mythological) figures of ancient China to Communist leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. The in-depth essays provide rich historical context, and create a compelling narrative that weaves abstract concepts and disparate events into a coherent story. Cross-references between the articles show the connections between times, places, movements, events, and individuals.

The three-volume set includes a range of appendices, including a timeline of key events, a pronunciation guide, a bibliography, lists of rulers and other prominent people, and other supplemental materials for students of Chinese history and culture. Volume Four (which is published separately) focuses on key individuals from the People’s Republic of China’s post-opening era, starting in 1979.

Berkshire Publishing is proud to announce that volumes 1-3 of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography are available for purchase online via Oxford University Press in full color. Contact your OUP representative for more information.

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