April 1st News: MIT to build Great Barrington campus (visit blog for details)|cservice@berkshirepublishing.com

Dictionary of Chinese Biography: Modern Era

Dictionary of Chinese Biography: Modern Era


Volume 4 of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography is a stand-alone handbook of short biographies of key people in China since 1979. It is a companion to the first 3 volumes, which contain long-form essays by many of the world’s leading China scholars about key figures who have shaped, influenced, and transformed China over the millennia: emperors, politicians, poets, writers, artists, scientists, explorers and philosophers. This is the first time that such comprehensive collection has been available in English, produced by internationally recognized experts, and designed to satisfy the growing thirst for knowledge about China. “No biographical dictionary of China has successfully replaced Herbert Giles’s [1898] work until the new DCB. It’s about time!” –Benjamin Elman, Princeton University.

SKU: DCBV4 Categories: , Tag:


The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography: Modern Era (1979-2015) provides a riveting new way to understand twenty-first-century China and a personal look at the changes that have taken place since the Reform and Opening Up era started in 1979. One hundred key individuals from this period were selected by an international group of experts, and the stories were written by more than 70 authors in 14 countries.

The authors map the paths taken by these individuals—some rocky, some meandering, some fateful—and in telling their stories give contemporary Chinese history a human face. The editors have included—with the advice of myriad experts around the world—not only the life stories of politicians and government officials, who play a crucial role in the development of the country, but the stories of cultural figures including, film directors, activists, writers, and entrepreneurs from the mainland China, Hong Kong, and also from Taiwan.

The “Greater China” that comes through in this volume has diverse ideas and identities. It is often contradictory, sometimes fractious, and always full of creative human complexity. Some of the lives rendered here are heroic. Some are tragic, and many are inspirational. Some figures come in for trenchant criticism, and others are celebrated with a sense of wonder and awe.

Like previous volumes of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, this volume includes a range of appendices, including a pronunciation guide, a bibliography, and a timeline of key events.

Dictionary of Chinese Biography V1, Prehistory to 907

Xia and Shang, Zhou, Qin, Southern & Northern, Sui, Tang

Dictionary of Chinese Biography V2, From 960 to 1644

Song, Jurchen Jin, Yuan, Ming

Dictionary of Chinese Biography V3, From 1644 to 1979

Qing, Republic of China, PRC

Dictionary of Chinese Biography V4, From 1979 to 2015

PRC, Greater China

Additional information








Wai Tsui, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Patrick Boehler, University of Hong Kong, Sylvia Hui, Independent scholar, London


Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, King’s College in London



Chinese Title

宝库山 中华传记字典 (第4卷)


  1. Wm. Theodore de Bary

    “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.”

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.


Go to Top