Brill's Encyclopedia of China


Brill's Encyclopedia of China (see also Brill's Encyclopedia of China Online) is a convenient thousand-page reference on China from its early beginnings, with a clear focus on the modern period from the mid-nineteenth century to the 21st century. Arranged in alphabetical order, it covers the history, geography, society, economy, politics, science, and culture of China. All contributions are written by an international team of European, Asian, Australian and American experts, carefully selected from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Originally published and warmly received in German (edited by the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies in Hamburg, published by WBG, Darmstadt, 2003), this English translation, including a statistical data update, will serve both English-language students and faculty in conveniently providing a wealth of reliable and solid information on China. With illustrations, maps, tables, ample indices and bibliographies.

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Daniel Leese is assistant professor of Sinology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. In his Ph.D. dissertation Performative Politics and Petrified Image (Bremen 2006) he traced the evolution of the Cultural Revolutionary Mao cult. He has published on aspects of modern Chinese history and Western perceptions of China.
"An impressive list of global authorities created 450+ entries all backed with solid research and covering all facets of development from the early beginnings to present day. Assembled with the latest statistics available, this resource should be in all public and academic libraries." - Dr. William R. Taylor, in: Choice, February 2009
"...the most comprehensive, single-volumed, European-language reference work on modern China, understood by the editors to cover the period fromt he mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth and to include developments in Taiwan and Hongkong.(...) The real strength of this encyclopedia lies precisely in its Weberian categories. Read together, these entries on economy, society, and law provide a superb introduction to the socioeconomic transition from socialist central planning to market-oriented reform during the second half of the twentieth century. All aspects of the economic, fiscal, monetary, industrial, agricultural, service and trading systems are addressed." - Ned Davis, University of Hawai'i-Manoa, in: JAS
"this work will almost certainly become an important port of call for sound and unbiased information on the PRC. (...) excellent reference work which certainly merits a place in a good subject collection." - Joan Williamson, in: Reference Reviews, 2009/348
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