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April 2024

Making world history

With Earth Day as well as the impending vote on aid to Ukraine on my mind, I came across an essay by Donald Worster, the founder or instigator of the field of environmental history. After

Asian editions of Berkshire books

It's not been a cruel April here at Berkshire Publishing, with copies of translated books arriving one after the other. You'll see here a complex Chinese (that's the written character set used in Taiwan

April Fool’s 2024

April Fool's! Our MIT West story is a fantasy, a dream of what could be. Some of the details are real. Most are not. Below is a photo of the fairgrounds, the Belmont of

March 2024

Exploring China through biography

I came across a note this morning of something someone said to me at an Association for Asian Studies conference: "It's remarkable how you publish books that are accessible and also authoritative. Like a

Now at Apple: This Fleeting World in Farsi

We're launching a new program with non-English books distributed internationally from the US. The first titles are in Myanmar/Burmese and in Farsi. The Farsi  translation of This Fleeting World is now available for Apple

Books about religion and science

Berkshire has long published books on world religions and included religion, philosophy, and spiritual traditions in other publications. It's important to us to reach across political divides, both internationally and here at home, so

Sustainability Values

Abstract: Conceptualizations of human values play a central role in the theory and practice of sustainability. How humans value the natural environment is central to how resources are distributed. A values typology, an arrangement of

The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones

Among our favorite books about China are the novels of Nicole Mones, who first went to China to start her own import business when she was 25. Not many business people become novelists, and not

Barbara Tropp and Pink Root Ends

One of my favorite cookbooks has been, for years and long before I thought of food publishing, Barbara Tropp’s 1982 The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking. It doesn’t have the glossy photographs of Fuchsia Dunlop’s books, and the recipes are long – which might suggest complexity. But what Tropp does is take the reader by the hand and, with words, helps us see and taste and feel – before we write a shopping list or pick up a knife.

Downloads page

We've talked about this for ages, and maybe because it's the dull period between winter and Mud Season we finally began gathering from the rich storehouse that is Berkshire Publishing or Bao Ku Shan

This Is Islam | Religion & War

Our latest email features This Is Islam and the Encyclopedia of Religion and War. I was pleased to reread the Teacher's Preface, which seems apt and timely now. I'm not surprised we've been seeing class orders for This

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