Praise for the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography
"All students of China and indeed of East Asia and world history will be greatly aided in their studies by this comprehensive reference work, a true milestone in collaborative historical research." –Wm. Theodore de Bary, Columbia University
"We have long needed a new, comprehensive dictionary of Chinese biography that satisfies both China specialists and teachers/students interested in famous Chinese across the ages. . . . No comprehensive biographical dictionary of China has successfully replaced Herbert Giles’s  work until the new DCB. It's about time!" –Benjamin A. Elman, Princeton University and Fudan University
"Taken together, the carefully selected and authoritatively written biographies in these volumes offer general readers and specialists alike an engrossing pathway into the broad sweep of China's long past. I found it hard to dip into any one of these biographies without wishing to read several more just to continue the story." –Alice Miller, Stanford University
"Chinese history is enriched by the lives of distinguished men and women, and finally their lives are made accessible in a concise and accurate way in these volumes. This magnificent work will surely be a must-have for serious libraries around the world." –Rana Mitter, University of Oxford
"Finally all major historical figures in the long history of China have found their biographers in this outstanding contribution to our understanding of Chinese culture and history. This is a must-have book that belongs in the personal library of all students of China." –Alexander Pantsov, Capital University
"This accessible invitation to get to know some of the most interesting and significant figures in Chinese history will be appreciated by a wide and enthusiastic range of readers." –Philip J. Ivanhoe, City University of Hong Kong
"The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography will be an invaluable resource for students, teachers, and anyone who wants to supplement what they hear and see from our media coverage of China today." –Stephen A. Orlins, President of the National Committee on US-China Relations
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.