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A quick but thorough survey designed for 21st-century educational professionals who have never taken a course on China or studied Mandarin Chinese. Fundamentals of Chinese History and Culture is designed for anyone who helps students prepare for college, careers, and the 21st-century workplace, and will ensure that administrators, department heads, and teachers have a basic understanding of Chinese history and culture. Anyone who works with Chinese students, or who is responsible for Mandarin instruction will benefit from this course.
Geography and Environment in China, a Berkshire Essential, introduces students to the vast diversity of China's peoples and their lands. Articles explore how the Chinese government has endeavored to bend nature to its will, how nature is responding and changing to China's rise, and how China copes with natural disasters whose intensity magnifies with respect to the vast populations they affect.
Philosophy and Religion in China, a Berkshire Essential, takes readers beyond the more familiar philosophical and religious traditions that have shaped Chinese culture from ancient to modern times to explore a wide range of thought and belief systems, from Confucianism and the role of philosophy in governance to folk religions and household deities.
The People's Republic of China has a government structure that confuses even expert commentators. This short survey course explains the basics of leadership in China, the major divisions of government, and the relationship between regional and central government, and entities like Hong Kong (a Special Administrative Region) and Tibet (an Autonomous Region). The book also introduces major figures in the current political world. Chinese Governance is valuable for those interested in world affairs as well as for anyone doing business in China.
Introduction to Chinese Literature, Arts, and Architecture, a Berkshire Essential, provides an overview of China's rich artistic and literary traditions from ancient times to the twenty-first century: from sculptures, paintings, and calligraphy to applied arts and architectural highlights like the Great Wall, and from traditional poetry to modern-day cinema. In these articles, art historians and literary scholars explore how Chinese art and literature has evolved into a diverse and dynamic field drawing from indigenous traditions and extensive contact with other cultures.
A quick but thorough look at 5,000 years of Chinese history and the key events, philosophies, and concepts that shape the China we know today. Basic China literacy is essential today and opens a window to China's fascinating past, and provides context that will make today's political and economic challenges easier to think and talk about. China 101 is designed for 21st-century business people and other professionals who have never taken a course on China or studied Mandarin Chinese.
With its coverage of environmental issues, global economics, online communications, and the latest political developments, the five-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of China is truly a 21st-century work. While these volumes include many articles about China's earliest history - going back more than 5,000 years - the Encyclopedia of China is focused on the events, concepts, and people that matter today. The authors of its 800 accessibly written and lavishly illustrated articles, which range from 600 to 6,000 words, are scholars at major Chinese and Western universities and research institutes. Article titles appear in English and in Chinese with pinyin transliterations and tones to help those studying the language, while primary text sidebars add historical perspective. The Berkshire Encyclopedia of China provides unrivaled insight into China's past, present, and future.