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  • In On Culture and Literature Marvin Mudrick explores the work of major figures in a wide range of fields: literature, political and musical criticism, autobiography, the novel and science.
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    A new edition of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China is in development, with print and digital publication scheduled for Spring 2018. The project is led by Professor Kerry Brown, director of the Lau China Institute, King’s College, London, and editor in chief of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography.
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    This unique, nonpartisan survey, written by experts from around the world, is the second edition of the first general resource to explore the United States from the viewpoints of the peoples and nations of the world. The second edition combines update material from the three volumes of the first edition, all in one set of three books: "A Nation by Nation Survey" (volumes 1 and 2) and "Issues and Ideas Shaping International Relations" (volume 3). These compelling country profiles and essays on international relations provide in-depth analyses of the core characteristics of the United States, crucial historical events, US policies and programs, and cultural phenomena such as religion and pop culture. Updated material brings the reader up to date on the rise of the Obama administration, the global financial crisis, the always unpredictable spread of the internet and social media, and the Arab Spring, among other world events.
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    This Is Africa

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    This Is Africa, one of Berkshire's acclaimed "This World of Ours" series, provides a brief, engaging history of a great and too-little-known continent - a land rich in resources and troubled by conflict, now home to over a billion people speaking more than a thousand different languages. This book explores Africa's interrelatedness to other regions and cultures throughout history and examines its growing economic and political importance to other nations.
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    Art and Literature in China, a Berkshire Essential, provides an overview of China's rich artistic and literary traditions from ancient times to the twenty-first century: from sculptures, paintings, and calligraphy to applied arts and architectural highlights like the Great Wall, and from traditional poetry to modern-day cinema. In these articles, art historians and literary scholars explore how Chinese art and literature has evolved into a diverse and dynamic field drawing from indigenous traditions and extensive contact with other cultures.
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    Combining the rule of the Chinese Communist Party with an economy spurred to emulate free-market capitalism, the modern Chinese state is alternatively described as a leviathan of opposing forces or a unique amalgam of modern-day governance. Governance and Politics in China, a Berkshire Essential, is designed to educate readers about modern politics and economic policies as well as to explore the historic movements and key events that have driven Chinese rulers to embrace its current state of affairs.
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    Philosophy and Religion in China, a Berkshire Essential, introduces the reader to the philosophical and religious traditions that have shaped Chinese culture from ancient to modern times. Articles in the volume explore a wide range of thought and belief systems, from Confucianism and the role of philosophy in governance to folk religions and household deities. In-depth articles, all written for the nonexpert reader, examine key concepts including filial piety and divination, influential figures such as Laozi and the Dalai Lama, and philosophical works including the Analects and I Ching.
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    This Good Earth: A Short History of Human Impact on the Natural World, one of Berkshire's acclaimed "This World of Ours" series, provides a concise guide to the often overwhelming world of climate change and related studies. The 128-page book includes chapters on "The Emergence of Life," "From Gathering to Growing," "The Great Shift to Cities," "The Pursuit of Water and Oil," "Life on a Smaller Planet: Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century, " and appendices on environmental history by world region. It is edited and distilled from Berkshire’s new 10-volume Encyclopedia of Sustainability and the renowned Encyclopedia of World Environmental History.
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    This Sporting World

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    This Sporting World, a Berkshire Essential, explains how the games we play and watch bring us together, create shared languages, highlight our aspirations and values, and fulfill our need for physical achievement and adventure. Coverage includes both sports history and current issues, ranging from the footraces, ball games, and extreme sports of our early ancestors to modern US college athletics, global sporting media, and sports as one of the biggest businesses on the planet.
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    Becoming a Dragon: Forty Chinese Proverbs, is a bilingual (English-Chinese) collection of proverbs, popular phrases, and two-part allegorical sayings, designed for self-study and classroom teaching. Each proverb comes with the story behind the proverb and its source in both English and Chinese, a literal translation, the figurative meaning, an English equivalent, a vocabulary list, and examples of how the proverb is used in modern written and spoken Chinese.
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    Fundamentals of Chinese History and Culture, a Berkshire Essential, provides an overview of a wide range of cultural aspects that can be encountered, and are celebrated, in China today. From national holidays to favorite foods, and from fireworks to filial piety, this volume serves as a general introduction to China's long history and fascinating modern-day culture.