Featuring entries written by international China scholars selected by a distinguished board of consulting editors, the second edition of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China is being developed under the leadership of Professor Kerry Brown, director of the Lau China Institute, King’s College, London. Professor Brown is also the editor in chief of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, which is, like the original edition of the Encyclopedia of China, hosted online by Oxford University Press. The new edition features new and updated articles, more illustrations, and a growing list of international contributors. No other reference so thoroughly and dynamically surveys the aspects of Chinese history, culture, and politics that are of vital interest to students, professionals, and general readers.

Advance Articles

The articles listed here have been accepted for publication in the second edition of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China. They have been peer-reviewed, copyedited, and reviewed by the author/s, and we would under normal circumstances be putting them into pages for a print edition. The closure of colleges and libraries during the pandemic has changed our plans, and of course delayed some of the work on the publication, which has contributions from experts around the world. We are therefore offering a sample of the new contents as Advance Articles at this website. Please refer to them as forthcoming, and if quoting or linking to them, ensure that you include the full citation.

For information on placing an order, or getting access to the first edition (hosted by Oxford Reference, please visit this page.

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Industry in China

Author/s: Gregory Veeck, Western Michigan University

Citation: Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Brown (2022). Forthcoming 2021.

DOI: 10.47462/228148377

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Category: China

Abstract

China’s diverse industrial sector is the driving force of the nation’s post-1978 economic “miracle.” While conditions will change in the coming decades as nations in South and Southeast Asia and Africa with lower cost labor and land make inroads, China remains a vibrant manufacturing sector that must be credited with both the nation’s new-found prosperity and growing role on the world stage.

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Ecosystems and Nature Conservation (生态系统与自然保护)

Author/s: Christopher Coggins, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Citation: Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Brown (2022). Forthcoming 2021.

DOI: 10.47462/1014298244

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Category: Nature

Abstract

Despite two millennia of widespread ecological degradation and an unmatched human population, China is one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries. Its vast land area encompasses an astonishing variety of biomes, ecosystems, flora, and fauna. New nature conservation policies include the rapid expansion of the nation’s protected area system, but daunting challenges remain. International cooperation on biodiversity management holds the potential for global benefits to the biosphere and all of its denizens.

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Dams (Dàbà 大坝, Shuǐbà 水坝)

Author/s: Darrin Magee, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Citation: Brown (2022). Berkshire Encyclopedia of China. Forthcoming 2021.

DOI: 10.47462/1527847778

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Category: Nature

Abstract

China is home to roughly half the world’s large dams and probably a similar fraction of smaller ones. These structures alter the flow of thousands of the country’s rivers, creating hydroelectricity, providing irrigation and flood control, and flattening stretches of river that would otherwise be unnavigable. Yet dams are controversial: they can bring significant and often irreversible changes to ecosystems and human communities, from sediment trapping to human resettlement, tarnishing their image as green technology.

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