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Berkshire Bookworld: Kerry Brown on Biography

Published on 16 May 2016

In our first podcast, publisher Karen Christensen talks to Kerry Brown, Editor in Chief of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (DCB), about how they started such a massive, ambitious project – the first of its kind in over a century! Brown explains his lifelong interest in biography as a way to get a handle […]

Berkshire’s Kara Lozier writes from Afghanistan

Published on 05 May 2016

While we’re busy finalizing a Berkshire Essential called Women and Leadership, I want to share something that Berkshire Publishing staffer Kara Lozier posted from Afghanistan, where she worked for two months this spring. Kara handles customer service for Berkshire Publishing, and working here is a great fit because her real passion is international education. She explains in […]

London Book Fair 2016

Published on 05 May 2016

Book fairs are one of the dumber traditions of our hidebound industry. CEOs hate them. I don’t mean only CEOs of smaller independent presses, but people who run big publishing companies; I’ve known a couple of such people well enough for them to tell me that they wish they didn’t have to waste so much money […]

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.

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