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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nationalists, these bankers did not oppose foreign economic presence in China. Through contact with foreigners in China and through study abroad, these bankers acquired a nationalist vision based on economic development. They admitted the superiority of Western business methods and technology and inevitably had constant contact with foreign firms, but such contact did not lessen the Chinese bankers’ sense of their national mission. In his autobiography, Zhang Jiaao stated that even if the

thirteen months. Most of the children have been reared in an orphanage since early infancy. Some have received foster care. Most children are girls, and about half of the children show some degree of developmental delay. While fetal alcohol syndrome, HIV, and prenatal drug exposure have not been reported, lead poisoning is common. Children who were adopted through the special-needs program (called the Waiting Child Program) are usually older and/or have special needs due to physical conditions

and gourmet offerings in Guangzhou feature meats uncommonly consumed in the rest of the world: shark fin, dog, cat, snake, turtle, and frog legs. Eating dim sum is a common form of snacking in south China. With its southern, semitropical location, southern China has famous fresh fruits. The north of China is characterized by its taste for wheat products combined with mutton and other meats. Dumplings (jiaozi) and meat-filled stuffed steamed buns (baozi) are staples of this region. Muslim food

Uzbekistan. The event generated a rich cultural heritage recounting the devastation of the country, and it romanticized the folly of Emperor Xuanzong and his beloved imperial concubine Yang. / n 16 December 755 ce, An Lushan (703–757), or Rokshan (Persian for “light”), swept south from Fanyang (today’s Beijing region) with a multiethnic army of 150,000–200,000 troops (Xi, Malgal, Tongra, Khitan, and Chinese) and mounted a catastrophic rebellion against Tang dynasty China (618–907) in the name

religious groups regarded as a threat to Communist rule. It is true that the Chinese state still has sufficient power to crack down on religious groups accused of threatening public order. If in the future it will tighten or loosen its grip on religion remains to be seen. That it will take steps to actively promote atheism—by force, if necessary—is far from likely. Thoralf KLEIN Further Reading A Delicate Balance Ever since Western secular ideologies found their way to China around 1900,

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