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Timothy Brook is a historian of China whose work has focused on the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) but extends to issues that span the period from the Mongol occupation of China in the 13th century to the Japanese occupation of China in the 20th. In addition to serving as the general editor of Harvard University Press' History of Imperial China, he has published extensively on China in the world. A co-edited volume on the inter-polity relations of Inner and East Asia, Sacred Mandates: Asian International Relations since Chinggis Khan, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018. His most recent book, Great State: China and the World, appeared in English and French (under the title of Le Léopard de Kubilai Khan) in September 2019 and be published on this side of the Atlantic by HarperCollins in 2020.
- social and cultural history of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
- the Japanese occupation of China during World War Two
- historical perspectives on world history and human rights
T. Brook. Great State: China and the world. London: Profile, 2019.
T. Brook; M. van Walt van Praag; M. Boltjes. Sacred mandates: Asian international relations since Chinggis Khan. London and Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
T. Brook. The troubled empire: China in the Yuan and Ming dynasties. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.
T. Brook. Vermeer’s Hat : The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World. London: Profile Books, 2009.
T. Brook. Ming dai de she hui yu guo jia = The Chinese state in Ming society / Bu Zhengmin zhu. Hefei: Huangshan shu she, 2009.
T. Brook; J. Bourgon; G. Blue. Death by a thousand cuts. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2008.
T. Brook. The History of Imperial China (6 vols). Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007-2010.
T. Brook. The Chinese state in Ming society. New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2005.
T. Brook. Collaboration: Japanese agents and local elites in wartime China. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2005.
T. Brook. Zong le de kun huo : Ming chao de shang ye yu wen hua = Confusions of pleasure : commerce and culture in Ming China / Bu Zhengmin zhu. Taibei Shi: Lian jing, 2004.
T. Brook. Geographical sources of Ming-Qing history. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 2002.
T. Brook; B.T. Wakabayashi. Opium regimes: China, Britain, and Japan, 1839-1952. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.
T. Brook; A. Schmid. Nation work: Asian elites and national identities. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000.
T. Brook; G. Blue. China and historical capitalism: genealogies of sinological knowledge. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
T. Brook. Documents on the Rape of Nanking. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999.
T. Brook. The confusions of pleasure: commerce and culture in Ming China. Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press, 1998.
T. Brook; B.M. Frolic. Civil society in China. Armonk, N.Y: M.E. Sharpe, 1997.
T. Brook; H.V. Luong. Culture and economy: the shaping of capitalism in eastern Asia. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997.
T. Brook. Mapping knowledge in the sixteenth century: the gazetteer cartography of Ye Chunji / Timothy Brook. : , 1994.
T. Brook. Praying for power: Buddhism and the formation of gentry society in late-Ming China. Cambridge, Mass: Distributed by Harvard University Press, 1993.
T. Brook. Quelling the people: the military suppression of the Beijing democracy movement. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
T. Brook. The Asiatic mode of production in China. Armonk, N.Y: M.E. Sharpe, 1989.
T. Brook; Tgi Min; P.A. Kuhn. National polity and local power: the transformation of late imperial China. Cambridge, Mass: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1989.
T. Brook. Geographical sources of Ming-Qing history. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 1988.
T. Brook, “Hesitating before the Judgment of History”, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 71, p. 103, 2012.
T. Brook, “Articles: Capital Punishment and State Sovereignty in China”, Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 11, p. 107, 2011.
T. Brook, “Time and Global History”, Globalizations, vol. 6, pp. 379-387, 2009.
T. Brook, “Visible Cities: Canton, Nagasaki, and Batavia and the Coming of the Americans. By Leonard Blussé. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. Pp. xi, 133. $25.95, cloth”, The Journal of Economic History, vol. 69, pp. 1184-1185, 2009.
T. Brook, “The Power of Tiananmen: State-Society Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement. By DINGXIN ZHAO. [Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001. 433 pp. ISBN 0-226-98260-2.]”, The China Quarterly, vol. 180, pp. 1100-1101, 2004.
T. Brook, “The Tokyo Judgment and the Rape of Nanking”, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 60, pp. 673-700, 2001.
T. Brook, “Picturing Clunas: A Review Essay”, Ming Studies, vol. 40, pp. 117-124, 1998.
T. Brook, “Edifying Knowledge: The Building of School Libraries in Ming China”, Late Imperial China, vol. 17, pp. 93-119, 1996.
T. Brook, “The Sinology of Joseph Needham”, Modern China, vol. 22, pp. 340-348, 1996.
T. Brook, “Special Issue on Contemporary China : Weber, Mencius, and the History of Chinese Capitalism”, ASIAN PERSPECTIVE, vol. 19, p. 1079, 1995.
T. Brook and Struve, L., “Praying for Power: Buddhism and the Formation of Gentry Society in Late- Ming China”, The American Historical Review, vol. 100, p. 930, 1995.
T. Brook, Ocko, J. K., Tu-Ki, M., and Kuhn, P. A., “National Polity and Local Power: The Transformation of Late Imperial China”, The American Historical Review, vol. 96, p. 1259, 1991.
T. Brook, “Funerary Ritual and The Building of Lineages in Late Imperial China”, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, vol. 49, pp. 465-499, 1989.
T. Brook, “Censorship in Eighteenth-Century China: A View from the Book Trade”, Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire, vol. 23, p. 177, 1988.
T. Brook, “The Merchant Network in 16th Century China”, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, vol. 24, pp. 165-165, 1981.
T. Brook, “Company men who ruled, and ruined, the world”, The Globe and Mail. p. F.14, 2009.
T. Brook, “HISTORY JERRY BROTTON IS FASCINATED BY THE STORY TOLD BY A PAINTER’S PROPS Vermeer’s Hat: The 17th Century and the Dawn of the Global World PROFILE, pounds 18.99, 272 pp T pounds 16.99 ( pounds 1.25 p&p) 0870 428 4115”, The Sunday Telegraph. p. 36, 2008.
T. Brook, “Why China fears Deng’s death FOREIGN AFFAIRS / China’s economy may live up to World Bank predictions of stunning growth, but it’s political stability everyone wants. Even dissidents pray that Deng Xiaoping holds on for a few more years. THE LEGACY O”, The Globe and Mail. p. C.16, 1996.
T. Brook, “China’s long march toward democracy”, The Globe and Mail. p. A.17, 1992.
T. Brook, “Trapped on the wrong side of the Great Wall: SA2 Edition”, Toronto Star. p. F.13, 1992.
T. Brook, “China drained by exodus of the ambitious Pride in ancient civilization trampled by tanks in 1989: AM Edition”, Toronto Star. p. A.21, 1992.