Berkshire Publishing’s goal is to make sense of the information that floods our lives, approaching perennial subjects in fresh ways. We live in a world of technological change and ecological challenge, a world in which connections matter more than ever before in history. Berkshire focuses on networks and connections: to other people, other cultures, and the biosphere. We provide clear explanations of complex scientific and theoretical issues, and we use new digital tools to encourage dialogue, debate, and interdisciplinary thinking.

  • Second Edition available 2022

    A new edition of the 10-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability is underway. No other reference so thoroughly and dynamically surveys the history, current research, and developments that are of vital interest to students, professionals, and general readers. No library can be called complete without it. The 1,200+ articles in this unique set will provide more complete but succinct coverage of global environmental challenges. They are written by over one thousand experts in business, law, ecosystem and resource management, environmental history, ethics and philosophy, and much more. Authors include David Christian, Wes Jackson, Reid Lifset, Saskia Sassen, and Mary Evelyn Tucker. Endorsements came from global environmental leaders including Gro Harlem Brundtland, Denis Hayes, Isabel Hilton, and Bill McKibben. Download the 4-page flyer. The second edition of the 10-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability combines all the entries in a single, integrated A-Z work, fully updated and enhanced with dozens of new articles. New topics include:
    • Agriculture, Regenerative
    • Bitcoin Mining
    • Building Automation
    • Cloud Computing
    • Diet, Plant-rich
    • Food Waste
    • Silvopasture
    • Wind Turbines
    For a preview, see our Advance Articles by clicking here.
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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.
  • Touchdown: An American Obsession is the first comprehensive guide to the history and culture of the sport, covering US college football as well as professional football worldwide.
  • 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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    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction takes computing into new realms, introducing us to topics that are intriguing both in their technical complexity and because they present us — human beings — with a set of challenging questions about our relationship with "thinking" machines.
  • The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports presents in one volume all that we know about extreme sports: the individualist, adventure-type sports such as bungee jumping, dirt biking, sky surfing, and rock climbing that are the fastest growing segment of the sports world.
  • The Homelessness Handbook provides expert coverage on key issues facing the homeless and the communities in which they live.
  • The 10-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability is a unified resource that provides a balanced perspective on 21st-century global environmental issues.


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