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Super Tuesday: Read about the US political system as a model for the world

Published on 01 Mar 2016

Two articles for Super Tuesday, Primary Day in 13 US states, from our 2008 Global Perspectives volume. We plan to bring this three-volume set up to date soon, and perhaps to revive the website, as the world really is looking at America now, incredulous and horrified. But our political system has been a model, […]

A global perspective (first published as “Seeing the World” in the Berkshire Savant, 2005)

Published on 03 Feb 2016

The story below, written by Karen Christensen in 2005, explains what happened when an American family traveled to China, Kazakhstan, and Japan in April 2001. At that time, Berkshire Publishing was developing the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia for the reference division of Charles Scribners, a major New York company that is now part of Cengage. “We have to go to Central Asia,” I said in December 2000. My then-husband's response was to buy me a book called The Most Dangerous Places in the World.

Eurospan Group to represent Berkshire Publishing Group and authors

Published on 13 Jan 2016

Berkshire Publishing is pleased to announce that Eurospan Group is our new partner for marketing and distribution in the UK and continental Europe. Eurospan has built up a prestigious list of client publishers that includes the Brookings Institution Press, Harvard Education Press, United Nations Publications, and World Bank Group Publications. Berkshire titles will now be […]

Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Volume 4

Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Volume 4:

Buy Now Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, King’s College in London
Hardcover B&W $199 2015 1 Vol. 618 pages.   

The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (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.

New Titles
  • Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Volume 4
  • Berkshire Essentials: The Internet in China
  • Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography
  • This Fleeting World
  • This Is America
Coming Soon
  • Berkshire Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines
  • This Is Africa
  • This Good Earth
  • This Sporting World
  • City, The: A Global Handbook