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Berkshire publishes the leading academic resources on China past and present—including the 5-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of China and the 4-volume Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, the first general work of its kind since 1898—as well as shorter books and the online educational platform ChinaConnectU.com.

  • 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.
  • 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.
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    The second edition of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China is in development, with print and digital publication scheduled for 2021 (a century, incidentally, since the founding of the Chinese Communist Party). The project is led by Professor Kerry Brown, director of the Lau China Institute, King’s College, London.
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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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    Fundamentals of Chinese History and Culture, a Berkshire Essential, provides an overview of a wide range of cultural aspects that can be encountered, and are celebrated, in China today. From national holidays to favorite foods, and from fireworks to filial piety, this volume serves as a general introduction to China's long history and fascinating modern-day culture.
  • Recipes from the Garden of Contentment: 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. Bilingual edition, 428 pages.
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  • Volume 4 of the Dictionary of Chinese Biography is a stand-alone handbook of short biographies of key people in China since 1979.
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    Publication date: 1 February 2022
    The five-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines will be a comprehensive resource on the world's most varied culinary terrain, bringing together the rich traditions and global influence of the many cuisines of China.
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