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Au revoir to a global point of reference

Published on 19 May 2015

Au revoir to a global point of reference
Berkshire Publishing’s tagline is about to change, but before we make the switch I’d like to explain why we have been, for ten years, “A global point of reference.” This was partly a play on two meanings of the word reference. In early days, we were known for our encyclopedias – reference books that lived in the […]


Our global team at work

Published on 19 May 2015

Our global team at work
I woke up in Massachusetts and responded to an email from Mar Kaiser, our Germany-based editor, who said she’d just heard from Kara Lozier, who is currently working from Uzbekistan. I sent a WeChat to Tom in Beijing, and then it was time to pour my first cup of tea. There are emails from our […]


Climate Change: Moral Challenge

Published on 10 May 2015

2015 is a crucial year for progress on global cooperation and Pope Francis knows it, making climate change the focus of his first “encyclical,” a kind of proclamation. He will speak on the subject at the UN General Assembly in September, all this to lend a sense of urgency to the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) […]



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Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography

Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography:

Buy Now Kerry Brown, China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney
Hardcover $595 2014 3 Vol. 1744 pages.    Factsheet


About the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography

The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, the first publication of its kind since 1898, is the work of more than one hundred internationally recognized experts from nearly a dozen countries. It has been designed to satisfy the growing thirst of students, researchers, professionals, and general readers for knowledge about China. It makes the entire span of Chinese history manageable by introducing the reader to emperors, politicians, poets, writers, artists, scientists, explorers, and philosophers who have shaped and transformed China over the course of five thousand years. In 135 entries, ranging from 1,000 to 8,000 words and written by some of the world’s leading China scholars, the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography takes the reader from the important (even if possibly mythological) figures of ancient China to Communist leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. The in-depth essays provide rich historical context, and create a compelling narrative that weaves abstract concepts and disparate events into a coherent story. Cross-references between the articles show the connections between times, places, movements, events, and individuals.

The three-volume set includes a range of appendices, including a timeline of key events, a pronunciation guide, a bibliography, lists of rulers and other prominent people, and other supplemental materials for students of Chinese history and culture. Volume Four (which is published separately) focuses on key individuals from the People’s Republic of China’s post-opening era, starting in 1979.

Berkshire Publishing is proud to announce that volumes 1-3 of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography are available for purchase online via Oxford University Press in full color. Contact your OUP representative for more information.

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