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At the University of Richmond School of Law, he teaches courses in Environmental Law, Energy Law, Law of Climate Change, and Environmental and Energy Law in China. He also teaches the Environmental Law and Policy course to undergraduate students in the University of Richmond's Environmental Studies program. In recognition of his contributions to teaching, scholarship and service, he was named the Universit...

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How Big is the Crimea?

Published on 04 Apr 2014

In all the news about the Crimea lately, one thing I couldn’t quite figure out was how big a place the Crimea is. I then remembered a website I discovered a while back called “” MAPfrappe allows you to take the outline of one place and superimpose it on more familiar places. It’s clever enough […]

Weary of Winter #diewinterdie

Published on 26 Mar 2014

I was determined to change my tune this year and learn to love ice and snow. My plan was to write a paean to the pleasures of winter in the Berkshires: ice skating, evening drinks in front of a woodstove, the brilliant northeast skies after a big snowstorm. Bill Siever, managing editor at Berkshire Publishing, […]

Seeing the World (published in the Berkshire Savant, 2005)

Published on 26 Mar 2014

The story below explains what happened when an American family travelled to China, Kazakhstan, and Japan in April 2001. I wrote it for a magazine called the Berkshire Savant published when we launched the independent Berkshire imprint in 2005. When the trip took place a few years earlier, we were working on the Encyclopedia of […]

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.

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