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Kerry Brown reviews Parish Church Treasures: The Nation’s Greatest Art Collection by John Goodall

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Kerry Brown reviews Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations Past and Present by June Teufel Dreyer

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The Care and Repair of Public Myth by W H McNeill

First published as the cover story of Foreign Affairs, Fall 1982, 61(1), 1–13, and republished here on the centenary of the author's birth, 31 October 2017. The Care

Berkshire Bookworld

Get to know the professors and other experts who make our books possible at the Berkshire Bookworld podcast.

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Things We Love

From libraries and other third places to the technologies that we use every day, these are the Things We Love.

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Chinese & Asian Studies

THE FIRST 5,000 YEARS

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World History & Big History

FROM THE BIG BANG TO YOU

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Environmental Sustainability

KNOWLEDGE FOR OUR COMMON FUTURE

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“The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography promises to be a long-lived and unique pedagogical tool of immense value for instructors, students, and anyone else interested in China who can utilize English-language resources. The Dictionary triumphs by virtue of being the best English-language resource for novice students of Chinese cultural history with which I am familiar.”

Jeffrey Richey, Education About Asia
Bill Gates

“I first became an avid student of David Christian by watching his course, “big history,” on DVD, so I am very happy to see his enlightening presentation of the world’s history captured in these essays. I hope it will introduce a wider audience to this gifted scientist and teacher.”

Bill Gates, Microsoft

“The call we made in Our Common Future, back in 1987, is even more relevant today. Having a coherent resource like the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, written by experts yet addressed to students and general readers, is a vital step, because it will support education, enable productive debate, and encourage informed public participation as we join, again and again, in the effort to transform our common future.”

Gro Harlem Brundtland, chair of the World Commission on Environment and Development and three-time prime minister of Norway