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Brook, Timothy 1951-

Works: 85 works in 421 publications in 7 languages and 14,382 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Maps  Manuscript maps  Bibliography  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, Publishing director
Classifications: CB401, 951.026
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Most widely held works about Timothy Brook
Most widely held works by Timothy Brook
Vermeer's hat : the seventeenth century and the dawn of the global world by Timothy Brook( Book )

54 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses how the moments captured in the paintings of Johannes Vermeer portray the increasing globalization of the seventeenth century, identifying significant objects and explaining how they document economical, industrial, and societal changes around the world
Quelling the people : the military suppression of the Beijing democracy movement by Timothy Brook( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Beijing Massacre was a watershed in the history of modern China. In the early hours of June 4, 1989, the People's Liberation Army forced its way into the center of Beijing. Its objective was to take control of Tiananmen Square, headquarters of the fledgling Democracy Movement, at all costs. Even the Chinese leaders may not have realized that the Army would carry out a massacre that would shred the legitimacy of the government in the eyes of its own people and of the world community. In Quelling the People, Timothy Brook offers the first detailed and objective reconstruction of the Army's actions during that night, as well as in the weeks leading up to the massacre. Brook goes behind the scenes, interviewing dozens of eyewitnesses, reviewing Chinese and foreign press reports, collecting unofficial hospital reports, and working from over a hundred student documents smuggled out of Beijing University. What he discovers is something very different from the official story. He demonstrates that the soldiers killed two to three thousand people as opposed to the reported hundreds. He finds that the soldiers, armed with combat weapons, were not trained to handle civilian opposition, and had no strategy except to open fire into crowds. In short, they should never have been used as riot troops. Given such poor resources, Brook asserts, the Chinese leaders should have sought a nonmilitary solution, for in deploying their incompetent troops, the government came close to provoking a civil war as the military units which had participated in the massacre squared off against each other. In addition, he looks into the Chinese government's extensive propaganda campaign - from videos edited to show that the Army was in the right, to books with the same storyline, to the celebration on National Day, an attempt to create the illusion of normalcy and unity. As Brook writes, "The Chinese government's sole hope is amnesia ... It asks that we succumb to its logic ... That what the soldiers did, they did in self-defense ... That nothing really happened. That nothing has changed." Filled with vivid, personal accounts of both participants and observers, Quelling the People not only sets the record straight as to what happened at Tiananmen Square, but it also provides a provocative story of the people who stood up to fight for democratic change, the soldiers who were sent against them, and the disregard for human rights that resulted in the tragic deaths of thousands
The troubled empire : China in the Yuan and Ming dynasties by Timothy Brook( Book )

21 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume explores the history of China between the Mongol reunification of China in 1279 under the Yuan dynasty and the Manchu invasion four centuries later, explaining how climate changes profoundly affected the empire during this period. The Mongol takeover in the 1270s changed the course of Chinese history. The Confucian empire, a millennium and a half in the making, was suddenly thrust under foreign occupation. What China had been before its reunification as the Yuan dynasty in 1279 was no longer what it would be in the future. Four centuries later, another wave of steppe invaders would replace the Ming dynasty with yet another foreign occupation
The confusions of pleasure : commerce and culture in Ming China by Timothy Brook( Book )

30 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ming dynasty was the last great Chinese dynasty before the Manchu conquest in 1644. During that time, China, not Europe, was the centre of the world. The author examines the changing landscape of life over the three centuries of Ming (1368-1644)
Collaboration : Japanese agents and local elites in wartime China by Timothy Brook( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Studies of collaboration have changed how the history of World War II in Europe is written, but for China and Japan this aspect of wartime conduct has remained largely unacknowledged. In a new work, Timothy Brook breaks the silence surrounding the sensitive topic of wartime collaboration between the Chinese and their Japanese occupiers." "This groundbreaking study mirrors the more familiar stories of European collaboration with the Nazis, showing how the Chinese were deeply troubled by their unavoidable cooperation with the occupiers. The comparison provides a point of entry into the difficult but necessary discussion about this long-ignored aspect of the war in the Pacific."--Jacket
Documents on the rape of Nanking by Timothy Brook( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and Chinese and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers an in-depth examination of the horrific massacres carried out by the Japanese in Nanking in 1937. Challenges the prevailing view that the Rape of Nanking was a deliberate, planned effort on the part of the Japanese military, and concludes that it was instead a tragedy of conventional warfare
Opium regimes : China, Britain, and Japan, 1839-1952( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opium Regimes draws on a range of research to show that the opium trade was not purely a British operation, but involved Chinese merchants and state agents, and Japanese imperial agents as well
Mr. Selden's map of China : decoding the secrets of a vanished cartographer by Timothy Brook( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Timothy Brook's award-winning Vermeer's Hat unfolded the early history of globalization, using Vermeer's paintings to show how objects like beaver hats and porcelain bowls began to circulate around the world. Now he plumbs the mystery of a single artifact that offers new insights into global connections centuries old. In 2009, an extraordinary map of China was discovered in Oxford's Bodleian Library--where it had first been deposited 350 years before, then stowed and forgotten for nearly a century. Neither historians of China nor cartography experts had ever seen anything like it. It was so odd that experts would have declared it a fake--yet records confirmed it had been delivered to Oxford in 1659. The "Selden Map," as it is known, was a puzzle that needing solving. Brook, a historian of China, set out to explore the riddle. His investigation will lead readers around this elegant, enigmatic work of art, and from the heart of China, via the Southern Ocean, to the court of King James II. In the story of Selden's map, he reveals for us the surprising links between an English scholar and merchants half a world away, and offers novel insights into the power and meaning that a single map can hold. Brook delivers the same anecdote-rich narrative, intriguing characters, and unexpected historical connections that made Vermeer's Hat an instant classic"--
Death by a thousand cuts by Timothy Brook( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A unique interdisciplinary history, Death by a Thousand Cuts is the first book to explore the history, iconography, and legal contexts of Chinese tortures and executions from the tenth century until lingchi's abolition in 1905. The authors then turn their attention to an in-depth investigation of "oriental" tortures in the Western imagination. While early modern Europeans often depicted Chinese institutions as rational, nineteenth- and twentieth-century readers consumed pictures of lingchi executions as titillating curiosities and evidence of moral inferiority. By examining these works in light of European conventions associated with despotic government, Christian martyrdom, and ecstatic suffering, the authors unpack the stereotype of innate Chinese cruelty and explore the mixture of fascination and revulsion that has long characterized the West's encounter with "other" civilizations." "Compelling and thought-provoking, Death by a Thousand Cuts questions the logic by which states justify tormenting individuals and the varied ways by which human beings have exploited the symbolism of bodily degradation for political aims."--Jacket
China and historical capitalism : genealogies of sinological knowledge by Timothy Brook( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collaborative volume aimed at correcting the view of China as a failed version of the West
Geographical sources of Ming-Qing history by Timothy Brook( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Praying for power : Buddhism and the formation of gentry society in late-Ming China by Timothy Brook( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National polity and local power : the transformation of late imperial China by Tu-gi Min( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Chinese and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culture and economy : the shaping of capitalism in eastern Asia( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years, most of the economies of Eastern Asia have been absorbed into global capitalism. Capitalism has transformed these economies, but the process has not been one-way. The cultures of Eastern Asia have in turn shaped how capitalism organizes labor, capital, and markets, in ways that could not have been anticipated even ten years ago. On the basis of rich empirical analyses of East and Southeast Asia, and with theoretical insights from different approaches in the social sciences, Culture and Economy addresses these issues in both macroscopic and microscopic terms. These careful case studies suggest that it is inevitable that Eastern Asia will shape, even remake, capitalism into a system of production and consumption beyond its original definition
Nation work : Asian elites and national identities by Andre Schmid( Book )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As increasing attention is drawn to globalization, questions arise about the fate of "the nation," a political and social unit that for centuries has seemed the common-sense way to organize the world. In Nation Work, Timothy Brook and Andr+ Schmid draw together eight essays that use historical examples from Asian countries--China, India, Korea, and Japan--to enrich our understandings of the origin and growth of nations. Asia provides fertile ground for this inquiry, the volume argues, because in Asia the history of the modern nation has been inseparable from global influences in the form of Western imperialism. Yet, while the impetus for building a modern national identity may have come from the need to fashion a favorable place in a world system dominated by Western nations, those engaged in nationalist enterprises found their particular voices more often in relation to tensions within Asia than in relation to more generic tensions between Asia and the West. With topics ranging from public health measures in nineteenth-century Japan through textual scholarship of Tamil intellectuals, the willful division of Korea's history from China's, the development of China's cotton industry, and the meaning of "postnational-ism" for Chinese artists, the essays reveal the fascinating array of sites at which nation work can take place. This will be essential reading for historians and social scientists interested in Asia. Timothy Brook is Professor of History, Stanford University. Andr+ Schmid is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
The Asiatic mode of production in China by Timothy Brook( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and Spanish and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Chinese state in Ming society by Timothy Brook( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Ming dynasty (1368-1644), a period of commercial expansion and cultural innovation, fashioned the relationship between the present-day state and society in China. In this unique collection of reworked and illustrated essays, one of the leading scholars of Chinese history re-examines this relationship and argues that, contrary to previous scholarship, which emphasized the heavy hand of the state, it was radical responses within society to changes in commercial relations and social networks that led to a stable but dynamic "constitution" during the Ming dynasty
Made in the Americas : the new world discovers Asia by Dennis Carr( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La carte perdue de John Selden : sur la route des épices en mer de Chine by Timothy Brook( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1659, a vast and unusual map of China arrived in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It was bequeathed by John Selden, a London business lawyer, political activist, former convict, MP and the city's first Orientalist scholar. Largely ignored, it remained in the bowels of the library, until called up by an inquisitive reader. When Timothy Brook saw it in 2009, he realised that the Selden Map was 'a puzzle that had to be solved': an exceptional artefact, so unsettlingly modern-looking it could almost be a forgery. But it was genuine, and what it has to tell us is astonishing. It shows China, not cu
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Vermeer's hat : the seventeenth century and the dawn of the global world
Alternative Names
Brook, Timothy

Brook, Timothy James 1951-

Bu, Zheng min 1951-

Bu, Zhengmin 1951-

Bŭruk, Tʻimosi 1951-

Timothy Brook Canadees taalkundige

Timothy Brook Canadian university professor, historian

복정민 1951-

브룩, 티머시 1951-

브룩, 티모시 1951-


ブルック, ティモシー

卜, 正民 1951-


卜正民 1951-

卜正民 Canadian university professor, historian (Sinologist)

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Quelling the people : the military suppression of the Beijing democracy movementThe troubled empire : China in the Yuan and Ming dynastiesThe confusions of pleasure : commerce and culture in Ming ChinaCollaboration : Japanese agents and local elites in wartime ChinaDocuments on the rape of NankingOpium regimes : China, Britain, and Japan, 1839-1952Death by a thousand cutsChina and historical capitalism : genealogies of sinological knowledge