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  • This Is China is almost certainly the shortest introduction to historic and contemporary China. In the revised and updated second edition, China expert Kerry Brown provides insightful answers to today’s questions about the world’s newest superpower and offers an engaging framework for understanding its meteoric rise.
  • An Overview of Our Impact on Planet Earth and the Natural Forces Shaping Our Future
  • The Way of Eating: Yuan Mei's Manual of Gastronomy (Suiyuan Shidan) is the first English translation of the classic 18th-century treatise and cookbook by the Qing dynasty poet Yuan Mei, introducing Chinese culinary philosophy as well as its best-known dishes. Translation by Sean J. S. Chen; foreword by Nicole Mones. English edition, 250 pages.
  • World History Teaching in Asia is the first broad survey of the content and approaches used to teach world history in secondary schools and colleges in Asia.
  • The Joy of Tippling is a toast to importance of drinking together, crafted by the ultimate tippler. Like Ray Oldenburg's bestselling The Great Good Place, his new book is packed with factual information, humor and wit, personal insights, and sound sociological observations. The Joy of Tippling is a celebration of third places, and a call to community. “Great news, tipplers! The killjoys, buzzcrushers, pinch-faced scolds, and puritans are WRONG. Knocking a couple back at the local bar is good for you. In The Joy of Tippling, sociologist and inveterate tippler Ray Oldenburg tells us why, backed up with solid research, indisputable facts and real news, all cheerfully served with dash and wit.” — John Tebeau, author of Bars, Taverns, and Dives New Yorkers Love
  • This Fleeting World is the smallest book of big history, telling the story of the universe and history of humanity in less than one hundred pages. Prize-winning historian David Christian covers it all in this compact, accessible, and inspiring guide to the history of everything, from stars and empires to cities, the World Wide Web, capitalism, and globalization.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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