Berkshire Encyclopedia of China (5-volume set, 2,800 pages)

Berkshire Encyclopedia of China (5-volume set, 2,800 pages)

Language: English

Pages: 2800

ISBN: 0977015947

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In five large-format volumes and nearly 1,000 expert-written articles, the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China provides unrivaled insight into Chinese history and culture today in nearly a thousand fascinating articles that include everything from Adoption and Banking to Wound Literature and Zhou Dynasty. China is changing our world, and Berkshire Publishing, known for its award-winning encyclopedias on a wide array of global issues including the award-winning six-volume Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, is proud to publish the first major resource designed for students, teachers, businesspeople, government officials, and tourists seeking a greater understanding of China today. The Berkshire Encyclopedia of China offers authoritative articles from well-known scholars in China as well as in the West, and it has been compiled with strict rules about balance and objectivity by a publisher committed to providing truly global perspectives that will empower 21st-century students, global citizens, and leaders in business and government. The Berkshire Encyclopedia of China does much more than cover the history of China. It is specifically intended to help students and professionals who need to improve their knowledge of the arts, belief systems, business, communications, demographics, education, law and politics, minority groups, natural resources, regional and international relations, social welfare, and technology. Within these categories, there are broad thematic essays, which serve as anchors or touchstones for the work as a whole, as well as short entries about the people, events, concepts, and material goods that are essential to understanding China. There are articles on important organizations and companies, as well as on sports, festivals, and other aspects of popular culture. And the encyclopedia brings up right up to the present, with information on blogging and Internet use, human rights, and overseas returnees (the sea turtles). It even looks to the future with articles on renewable energy and the 2010 World s Fair in Shanghai. The encyclopedia is also completely interdisciplinary in its coverage and organization. Contributing authors includes political scientists, sociologists, economists, anthropologists, geographers, historians, scientists, artists, educators, and other experts. Thanks to cooperation with many Chinese scholars based in China, the encyclopedia is the first major work also to cover China from the Chinese point of view. Succinct, accessibly written, and illustrated articles (500-3,000 words), each beginning with a short summary or abstract. Each article arranged so it can be copied or printed for individual use (up to 10 copies for a single classroom use at no charge for further copies, please make payments via Copyright Clearance Center). Page margins that make it easy to copy articles for classroom use on both US letter-size and international A4 paper. Article titles in English, Chinese characters, and a Pinyin transliteration with tone marks, and Chinese characters and transliterations in articles Up-to-date information that students and non-specialists can understand. Intelligent, insightful discussion of controversial issues. Articles about China in the world today, with a focus on its cultural, political, and economic relationships, military expansion, human and religious rights News-related coverage: social and environmental issues Food Safety, new communications and media Internet Use, Blogging, and topics relevant to the global economic crisis-Stock Markets, Beijing Consensus and Currency Valuation. Over 1,200 unique photographs Maps, timelines, primary source sidebars, and dozens of traditional proverbs. Ideal for writing papers. Ideal for general education about China. Useful for readers learning Chinese.

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China. I could feel the energy and determination of the whole population. I relished the conviviality and humor of the people I met, and the sense of possibility I felt in the air along with an intense focus on what lay ahead—it was all irresistible. As an environmental author, two of whose books have been translated into Chinese, I was acutely aware of the influence, for good or ill, that China would have on my own and my children’s future. But I knew nothing, really, about China. I decided that

a close-up of a water-logged paddy, she took advantage of shimmering, reflected light to conjure a painterly tradition akin to Monet and his water lilies. But Joan was just as likely to be captivated by the people she observed, met, and befriended in China. A photo of weary tourists huddling on a bench near the Forbidden City, for instance, serves as both a haunting group portrait and a study of individual isolation. Myriad candid photographs—of children and adults alike—show Joan’s ability to

around the world). In addition, two traditional villages of Yi County (Xidi and Hongcun) in Anhui Province were also added as cultural properties in 2000. Historically, Anhui is the birthplace of much of China’s ancient culture, and it remained an important part of China’s cultural development for centuries. Scientists have discovered a historical site in Fanmao County where human activities more than 2 million years old can be traced. Moreover, along the Huai River basin, many philosophers, such

Publishing. UNESCO. (2007). Mount Huangshan. Retrieved November 25, 2008, from http://whc.unesco.org/en/ list/547 Antidrug Campaigns © 2009 by Berkshire Publishing Group LLC ▶ ◀ Anhui Province Comprehensive index starts in volume 5, page 2667. Antidrug Campaigns Dàguīmó sǎodú yùndòng 大 规 模 扫 毒 运 动 Chinese regimes from the Qing (1644–1912) to the People’s Republic have struggled to control problems with drugs, most notably opium, a particularly complex issue intertwined with Chinese politics

were still concerned about loosening the party’s control over intellectuals and culture and the spread of “ultra-individualism.” Critics of the party’s “reform” policies also included limited numbers of “leftist” party members. Because of the lack of a clear definition of “spiritual pollution,” critics rapidly attempted to extend the range of criticism to peasant entrepreneurs, who were seen as excessively focused on money, as well as forms of Western “decadence,” such as Western dress styles and

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