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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. Read about our many and varied activities in China and our work with China experts at the Berkshire China page.

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    Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor
    Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor

    Challenge to China draws attention to an underappreciated aspect of legal reforms in Taiwan: its 2009 abolition of labor camps for liumang, very loosely translated as “hooligans,” and asks how Taiwan’s experience might be relevant to its giant neighbor across the Taiwan Strait.

    $6.99$34.95
    This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (1st edition, Yuan)
    This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (1st edition, Yuan)

    This Is China: The First 5,000 Years contains, in brief, everything we need to know about 5,000 years of history, 30 years of “opening,” and a future that promises to shape the 21st century for all of us.

    $9.95$29.95
    This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (2nd edition, Brown)
    This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (2nd edition, Brown)

    In this revised and updated edition, China expert Kerry Brown provides insightful answers to today’s questions about the world’s newest superpower. Beyond that, This Is China provides an engaging historical and cultural overview, as a framework for understanding China’s meteoric rise and the complex challenges of the post-COVID-19 world. With all this in little more than 100 pages, This Is China is the shortest expert-written introduction to both historic and contemporary China. Listen to the podcast.

    $9.99$29.95
    Becoming a Dragon: Forty Chinese Proverbs for Lifelong Learning and Classroom Study
    Becoming a Dragon: Forty Chinese Proverbs for Lifelong Learning and Classroom Study

    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.

    $12.99$24.95
    China Gold: China’s Quest for Global Power and Olympic Glory (A Companion to the 2008 Olympic Games)
    China Gold: China’s Quest for Global Power and Olympic Glory (A Companion to the 2008 Olympic Games)

    China Gold: China’s Quest for Global Power and Olympic Glory is first and foremost about the training, the determination, and the focus that make international competitions so exciting. But China Gold is also an excellent introduction to China and its people, with glorious full-color chapters about the history of sports in China (including women’s sports in ancient China), traditional physical activities like tai chi and wushu, and extreme and new sports. It puts into context the drama of China’s economic growth and social development, and the controversies surrounding the Games of 2008, making it also a valuable companion to the Winter Games of 2022.

    $19.95$59.95
    Education in China: Educational History, Models, and Initiatives
    Education in China: Educational History, Models, and Initiatives

    Education in China, a Berkshire Essential, provides unique coverage about learning at all levels. China has the largest higher-education system in the world, and the Chinese are known worldwide as top students and scholars.

    $59.00$129.00
    Recipes from the Garden of Contentment: Yuan Mei's Manual of Gastronomy
    Recipes from the Garden of Contentment: Yuan Mei's Manual of Gastronomy

    Recipes from the Garden of Contentment is the first English edition of one of the world’s most famous books about food. (It is the big sister edition of Berkshire’s English-only popular version of the book, which is published as The Way of Eating.) This famous book is a treatise, a cookbook, and a memoir, written in the late eighteenth century by the Qing dynasty poet Yuan Mei 袁枚. It includes recipes for well-known dishes such as birds nest and sharks fin, and offers modern readers an appealing perspective on Chinese history and culinary culture, and was translated and annotated by Sean J. S. Chen with editorial advice from well-known China scholars E. N. Anderson and Jeffrey Riegel.

    $79.95$129.95
    Berkshire Essentials: The Internet in China: Cultural, Political, and Social Dimensions (1980s-2000s)
    The Internet in China: Cultural, Political, and Social Dimensions (1980s-2000s)

    The Internet in China, a Berkshire Essential, provides much-needed context and historical background for the technological development that is transforming Chinese society and creating new conflicts and new opportunities.

    $89.00$129.00
    Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period: 1644-1911/2
    Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period: 1644-1911/2

    Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period (1644-1911/2) is a revised edition of the 1943 standard reference work edited by Arthur Hummel, including more than 800 Qing dynasty individuals, converted to pinyin and updated for modern users. The introduction by Professor Pamela K. Crossley explains the history of this publication and its continuing relevance.

    $139.00$189.00
    Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Volume 4
    Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Volume 4

    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.

    $199.00
    Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability - Chinese-language Edition
    Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability - Chinese-language Edition

    The 10-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability is a unified resource that provides a balanced perspective on 21st-century global environmental issues. Six volumes of the are available in Chinese, translated and published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press. They can be purchased as a set from Berkshire Publishing.

    $199.00
    Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography
    Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography

    The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography uses the life stories of 135 key individuals, selected from the earliest dynasties to the present day, to tell the story of China itself over the entire span of its history.

    $595.00
    Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography 4-Volume Set
    Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography 4-Volume Set

    The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography uses the life stories of key individuals, selected from the earliest dynasties to the present day, to tell the story of China itself over the entire span of its history. Volume 4, available separately, is on contemporary figures. Long-form essays by  many of the world’s leading China scholars introduce 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.

    $779.00
    Berkshire Encyclopedia of China
    Berkshire Encyclopedia of China

    The Berkshire Encyclopedia of China provides unrivaled insight into Chinese history and culture today in nearly 1,000 fascinating articles that include everything from “Adoption” and “One Child Policy” to “Confucian Ethics” and “Food Safety.”

    $800.00
    Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
    Encyclopedia of Modern Asia

    The award-winning Encyclopedia of Modern Asia 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. 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. This massive project – 3,000 articles, 2.2 million words of text, hundreds of photographs, 700 authors in 65 countries –  extends the global coverage offered in Berkshire Publishing Group’s many publications on world cultures, ethnic relations, and the environment. “Accessible to everyone: students will find the lists for further reading particularly useful, and non-specialists will appreciate the consistent clarity and the absence of heavy jargon. 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 pick.” –Library Journal.

    $1,225.00

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