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A spotlight on... China

September 25, 2017

China is a country with a fascinating history. Its literary, religious, mythological, and cultural traditions are unparalleled in their complexity and beauty. It is also a rapidly changing society, with a current population of over 1.381 billion, covering over 9 million square kilometres. Oxford Reference provides hundreds of biographies of key Chinese figures, as well as in-depth, specialist encyclopedic entries on the wide range of subjects relating to China. See what you will discover ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)


China, in The Oxford Dictionary of Dance

A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)


China, in A Dictionary of World History

The Oxford Companion to Medicine (3 ed.)


China, in The Oxford Companion to Medicine

A Guide to Countries of the World (4 ed.)


China, in A Guide to Countries of the World


Featured articles from A Dictionary of Chinese Literature

  • Hanshan, a Buddhist scholar whose name is attached to a collection of some 300 poems
  • Laozi, a "Warring States" period Daoist text
  • Li Yu, the second emperor and the most famous poet of the Southern Tang dynasty
  • Liu Zongyuan, a writer and critical thinker of the Tang dynasty
  • Qian Zhongshu, scholar, novelist, and essayist – arguably the foremost scholar of contemporary China

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Chinese quotations, with Oxford Essential Quotations

Oxford Essential Quotations


"The people and the people alone are the motive force in the making of world history."
— Mao Zedong, 1893–1976, Chinese statesman
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"There is painting in his poetry, and poetry in his painting."
— Su Shi, 1037–1101, Chinese writer and poet
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"Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack."
— Sun Tzu, fl. 400–320BC, Chinese general and military theorist
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Featured blog posts

Why is the world changing so fast?

"The Paris talks on combatting global climate change held at the end of 2015 provided new targets for countries to aim at, and change is coming – for example, in just a few years China has become the world’s largest generator of solar power, and its solar panel industry is bringing change to Africa and the Middle East ..."

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National marketing in a global market

"China in particular has developed unique forms of digital and social marketing in a very short time period. Chinese advanced home grown social media – WeChat, Weibo and Youku – have gone beyond Western social media platforms – and with vast Mandarin language user groups, have become a playground for Chinese brands ..."

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From our partner presses

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism


"Dao" or "Tao", in The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

Berkshire Encyclopedia of China


"Gunpowder and Rocketry", in the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China

Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (Volume 4)


"Xí Jìnpíng" in the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography


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