Encyclopedia of Modern Asia


The Encyclopedia of Modern Asia is a monumental scholarly work, as expansive in scope as the continent of Asia itself.

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The Encyclopedia of Modern Asia extends the global coverage offered in Berkshire Publishing Group’s many publications on world cultures, ethnic relations, and the environment. This massive project – 3,000 articles, 2.2 million words of text, hundreds of photographs, 700 authors in 65 countries – is the definitive resource on the entire sweep of Asia, from the Muslim countries of Southeast Asia, across China, India, and the Central Asian republics to the Turkic nations of western Asia.

The Encyclopedia of Modern Asia provides students, scholars, professionals, and general readers access to information and knowledge about key people, places, events, issues, and process across Asia. Comprehensive, authoritative, and fully cross-disciplinary, the encyclopedia’s focus is Asia since 1850, but ample historical information makes clear how the past influences the present as well as the future.




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Karen Christensen, Berkshire Publishing Group, David H. Levinson, Berkshire Publishing Group












  1. Library Journal

    “Accessible to everyone: students will find the lists for further reading particularly useful, and nonspecialists will appreciate the consistent clarity and the absence of heavy jargon. The sweeping index takes up nearly half of the final volume and is easy to use. Filling a gap in the literature, this work should be a mainstay in academic, high school, and public libraries. This book was an LJ Best Reference of 2002.”

  2. Reference for Students

    “Sometimes we forget that the two most-populated countries in the world are side by side in Asia: China and India. Sometimes we forget that some of the newest and smallest countries of the world are located in Asia. If your reference collection does not have much to offer to identify the new “stans,” including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as the more traditional Afghanistan and Pakistan, these volumes will be wonderful additions to your shelves.”

  3. Choice

    “The encyclopedia will be a unique resource appropriate for most reference collections. Summing up: Essential. General and academic collections.”

  4. School Library Journal

    “Gr 10 up–Country entries begin with a paragraph about location and population, followed by … [an] article that includes a fact box. Broad topics, such as literature, the arts, clothing, cuisine, religions, and international relations, are identified by country or region. There are also entries on individuals, geographical areas, tribes, etc. The sum is a comprehensive look at 20th-century Asia.”

  5. Reference Books Bulletin

    “We like the way the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia (p. 1822) combines scholarship and accessibility, and one of the things that makes it so accessible is an emphasis on the particular rather than the general in its use of subject headings. Instead of a dauntingly long article on China, for example, the reader finds a digestible series of consecutive entries on topics such as education, human rights, and population resettlement.”

  6. Reference & Research Book News

    “An important sub-theme is the relationship between particular countries, which is explored in 100 articles on subjects like US-Japan and India-China relations. Sprinkled throughout are accompanying maps, sidebars with interesting tidbits like recipes or quotes, and black-and-white photographs.”

  7. Lawrence Looks at Books

    “With more than 2,600 signed articles, the coverage is broad, but regionally balanced. While China, India, and Japan may receive special attention, articles on Southeast Asia are equally numerous. There are fewer entries on Central and Southwest Asia, but coverage of these areas is nonetheless comprehensive…. This set will serve high school and college researchers well as a tool for understanding modern Asia.”

  8. ARBA

    “Unique to the set is a Reader’s Guide arranged by topic…. This is a must-purchase for academic and public libraries’ Asian collections.”

  9. Booklist

    “More than 2,600 accessible entries … expressing the diversity of modern Asia from a variety of Asian perspectives while also indicating Western viewpoints. The only resource providing such comprehensive and diverse treatment of the topic, Encyclopedia of Modern Asia is highly recommended for academic and public libraries. Its accessible style makes it worth considering for high-school libraries as well.”

  10. Library Journal

    “Comprehensive and easily perusable, the set aims to give an Asian perspective to Asian topics. Thus, the American view of human rights in China with its emphasis on political and civil rights is contrasted with the Chinese view, which emphasizes subsistence and shelter.”

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