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The following list of books is a selection helped me a lot during my seven years stay in China for working and living better to understand the people and the country there. On a first view it seems, this collection is a quite varying mixture of Literature, History, Geography, Culture, Economy, Management, Politics and even Music. But exactly that is the intention: Such a broad approach is necessary in order to understand such a complex culture like the Chinese at least basically - and we can understand the present time only if we know more about the past time.

(The list currently is not yet completed, as the indexing of our SieITMCi China library is only 30% finished; the list will be revised periodically; in a later version we will add further comments to selected books.)

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The following list of books is a selection and is beside my practical experiences in China the background for my China Consulting.
The selection contains books written in German, English, Chinese or Chinese-English in some cases.

Sometimes the referenced books cannot get easily accessed in Europe. In case of special interests in some details feel free to contact me.

Recommended books written bold are especially helpful:

List of recommended books (available as download)

Ambler Tim, Witzel Morgan, Doing Business in China, London 2003, ISBN: 0-415-22329-6

Bai Shouyi, An Outline History of China, Beijing 2002, ISBN: 7-119-02347-0

Bamber Gascoigne, A Brief History of the Dynasties of China, London 2003, ISBN: 1-84119-791-2

Birch Cyril, Anthology of Chinese Literature Vol. 1 From early times to the fourteenth century. New York, 1965, ISBN: 0-8021-5038-1

Birch Cyril, Anthology of Chinese Literature Vol. 2 From the 14th century to the Present Day. New York, 1972, ISBN: 0-8021-5090-X

Brahm Laurence J., Sun Tzu’s Art of Negotiating in China, Hong Kong 1997, ISBN: 962-8319-01-9

Brahm Laurence J., Zhu Ge Liang’s Art of Crisis Management for Joint Ventures in China, Hong Kong 1998, ISBN: 962-8319-04-3

Buck, Pearl S., The Good Earth, N.Y. 2004, ISBN: 0-7432-7293-5

Chang Iris, The Rape of Nanking. The forgotten Holocaust of World War II., London 1997, ISBN: 0-14-027744-7

Chang Jung, Halliday Jon, MAO. Das Leben eines Mannes, das Schicksal eines Volkes, München 2005, ISBN: 3-89667-200-2

Chen Tingyou, Chinese Calligraphy, Beijing 2003, ISBN: 7-5085-0322-8

Crow Carl, Foreign Devils in the Flowery Kingdom, (reprint from 1940) Hong Kong 2007, ISBN: 988-99633-3-7

De Mente Boye Lafayette, Chinese Etiquette & Ethics in Business. A penetrating analysis of the morals and values that shape the CHINESE business personality, 2004, ISBN: 007-144817-9

Deng Rong, Deng Xiaoping and the Cultural Revolution. A Daughter recalls the Critical Years. Beijing 2002, ISBN: 7-119-03040-X

Ditterich-Shilakes Kirsten, Chen Janey, POP MANDARIN. A Postmodern Chinese Phrasebook from Fengshui to Wall Street, San Francisco 2005, ISBN: 1-891688-04-9

Du Feibao, Du Minglun, Treasures of China, Beijing 2006, ISBN: 7-5032-2920-9

Du Feibao, Du Bai, Things Chinese, Beijing 1994, ISBN: 7-5032-1856-8

Fernandez, Juan Antonio., Underwood Laurie.: China CEO, Voices of Experience from 20 international Business Leaders, Singapore, 2006, ISBN: 0-470-82192-2


Foreign Affairs January/February 2008, Changing China. What They Talk About Democracy - Can the West Handle Chinese Power? – Beijing’s Friendly Tyrant Problem – The Misguided Row Over China’s Currency,

Foreign Languages Press, Beijing 2002, Selected Foreign-related Civil and Commercial Laws and Regulations of the People’s Republic of China, ISBN: 7-119-01916-3

Fuchsenberger Wilfried et.al., Chinesisch Deutsches Universalwörterbuch, Beijing 2002, ISBN: 7-119-01864-7

Granet Marcel, Das chinesische Denken. Inhalt-Form-Charakter, Frankfurt am Main, 1985, ISBN: 3-518-28119-4

Granet Marcel, Die chinesische Zivilisation. Familie-Gesellschaft-Herrschaft. Von den Anfängen bis zur Kaiserzeit, Frankfurt am Main, 1985, ISBN: 3-518-28118-6

Haley G.T., Haley U.C.V., Tan Chin Tiong, The Chinese TAO of Business. The Logic of
Successful Business Strategy, Singapore 2004, ISBN: 0-470-82059-4

Häring-Kuan Petra, Chinesisch für Anfänger. Roman, Frankfurt am Main, 2007, ISBN: 978-3-596-17191-0

Hua Mei, Chinese Clothing, Beijing 2004, ISBN: 7-5085-0612-X

Hunter C., LM L., Lin L., Employment Law in China, Hong Kong 2006, ISBN: 988-99177-8-5

Jin Zhilin, Chinese Folk Arts, Beijing 2004, ISBN: 7-5085-0611-1

Kuan Yu-Chien, Der China Knigge. Eine Gebrauchsanweisung für das Reich der Mitte, Frankfurt am Main, 20073 , ISBN: 978-3-596-16884-8

Kuan Y.C., Mein Leben unter zwei Himmeln. Eine Lebensgeschichte zwischen Shanghai und Hamburg, Bern-München-Wien 2001, ISBN: 3-502-18393-7

Kumbier Dagma und Friedemann Schulz von Thun (Hrsg.), Interkulturelle Kommunikation. Methoden, Modelle, Beispiele; 2006

Kuhn Robert Lawrence, The Man Who Changed China. The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin, New York 2004, ISBN: 1-4000-5474-5

Kruger Rayne, All Under Heaven. A Complete History of China, UK 2003, ISBN: 0-470-86533-4

Kwok-kan Tam & Wimal Dissanaydake, New Chinese Cinema, New York, 1998, ISBN: 0-19-5906707-1

Lam N. Mark, Graham John L., China NOW. Doing Business in the World’s most dynamic market. New York 2007, ISBN 0-07-147254-1

Li Dong, Learner’s Chinese-English Dictionary, Singapore 2005, ISBN: 0-8048-3552-7

Li Jiequn et.al., 250 Chinese Words to Get You Around Beijing, Beijing 2005, ISBN: 7-80200-099-8

Li Nianpei, Dong Chensheng, The Beating of the Dragon Robe. A Repertoire of Beijing Opera – Synopsis of 100 Most Popular Pieces, Hong Kong 1988, ISBN: 962-04-0636-2

Li Randy (ed.), China by Numbers 2007, Hong Kong, 2006, ISBN: 10-988-99114-5-0

Li Selina / CCH, China accounting system for business enterprises (3rd edition), 2005, ISBN: 7-5086-0361-3

Li Xianyao, Luo Zhewen, China’s Museums, Beijing 2004, ISBN: 7-5085-0603-0

Li Yunchuan, A Panorama of Chinese Culture, China 2008, ISBN: 978-7-5611-3717-8

Lin Xu, Tao Wang (Hg), My Chinese Picture Dictionary, Beijing 2008, ISBN: 978-7-100-06079-0

Liu Junru, Chinese Foods, Beijing 2004, ISBN: 7-5085-0613-8

Lu Xun, Selected Classics, Beijing 2005, ISBN: 7-119-04259-9

Lu Xun, Alte Geschichte neu erzählt, Beijing 2002, ISBN: 7-119-02976-2

Lu Xun, Morgenblüten abends gepflückt, Beijing 2001, ISBN: 7-119-02974-6

Lu Xun, Aufruf zum Kampf, Beijing 2002, ISBN: 7-119-02973-8

Madaro Adriano, The Boxer Rebellion, Italy 2001, ISBN: 88-88121-01-3

Mann James, China Morgana. Chinas Zukunft und die Selbsttäuschung des Westens. Frankfurt a. M. 2008, ISBN: 978-3-593-38-626-3

Menzies Gavin, 1421. The Year China Discovered America, New York 2004, ISBN: 0-06-054094-X

Panitchpakdi Supachai, Clifford Mark, CHINA AND THE WTO. Changing China, Changing World Trade, Singapore 2002, ISBN: 0-470-82061-6

Qiu Xiaolong, 100 Poems from Tang and Song Dynasties, Shanghai 2006, ISBN: 1-60220-101-3

Qu Sanqiang, Copyright in China, Beijing 2002, ISBN: 7-119-02931-2

Ross Andrew, Fast Boat China. Lessons from Shanghai. Corporate Flight and the Consequences of Free Trade, New York 2006, ISBN: 0-375-42363-X

Schen Jiaxuan (Hg), The Contemporary Chinese Dictionary (Chinese-English Edition), Beijing 2002, ISBN: 7-5600-3195-1

Schmitt Steffi, Shanghai Promenade. Spaziergänge zwischen den Zeiten, Hong Kong 2003, ISBN: 962-7872-48-2

Seelmann-Holzmann, Hanne.: Cultural Intelligence. Die Erfolgsformel für Wachstum in einer multipolaren Wirtschaftswelt, Wiesbaden, 2010 , ISBN 978-3-8349-2168-0

Schwanfelder, Werner.: Laotse für Manager, Frankfurt/Main 2007

Schwanfelder, Werner.: Konfuzius im Management. Werte und Weisheit im 21. Jahrhundert, Frankfurt/Main 2007

Schwanfelder, Werner.: Sun Tzu für Manager., Frankfurt/Main 2007

Sinolingua (Ed), Chinese in 101 Cartoons (For CEOs), Beijing 2008, ISBN: 978-7-80200-408-5

Sinolingua (Ed), Chinese in 101 Cartoons (For Travelers), Beijing 2008,
ISBN: 978-7-80200-456-6

Snow Edgar, Red Star Over China, Beijing 2005, (Zweisprachige Ausgabe Englisch-Chinesisch der von Snow überarbeiteten Version von 1968) ISBN: 7-5600-4952-4

Starr, John Brian, Understanding China. A Guide to China’s Economy, History, and Political Structure; U.S. 2001, ISBN: 1-86197-262-8

Stevenson-Yang Anne, De WoskinKen, China Destroys the IP Paradigm, Far Eastern Economic Review March 2005, Hong Kong 2005

Sun Shuyun, The Long March, London 2006, ISBN: 0-00-720436-1

Tan Huay Peng, What’s in a Chinese Character, Beijing 20037, ISBN: 7-80005-515-9/G

Taisuke Mitamura, Chinese Eunuchs. The Structure of Intimate Politics, Singapore 20004, ISBN: 0-8048-181-9

Too Lilian, Lilian Too’s Eight Characters Chinese Personal Forecasting, Kuala Lumpur 2005, ISBN: 983-3263-48-8

Vospernik Cornelia, China live. Alltagsleben zwischen Tradition und Hightech, Wien 2008, ISBN: 978-3-218.00784-9

Wang Miao, Shi Baoxiu, Tracing Marco Polo’s China Route, Beijing 2004, ISBN: 7-5085-0602-2

Wang Yuan, Zhang Xin Sheng, Goodfellow Rob, China Business Culture, Strategies for Success, Singapore 2007, ISBN: 981-04-9158-1

Wickert Erwin / Woods John E., John Rabe. The Good Man of Nanking. The Diaries of John Rabe, New York, 1998, ISBN: 0-375-70197-4

Xinran, The Good Women of China, London 2002, ISBN: 0-099-44078-4

Xu Chengbei, Peking Opera, Beijing 2003, ISBN: 7-5085-0256-6

Xu Yuanchong (Translater), Selected Poems of Li Bai, Library of Chinese Classics, (Chinese-English), Hunan 2007, ISBN: 978-7-5438-5001-9

Yatsko Pamela, New Shanghai. The Rocky Rebirth of China’s Legendary City, Singapore 2003, ISBN: 978-0-471-47915-4

Ye Yingsui, Ye Shuqin, Ye DuYi, Auspicious Designs of China, Beijing 2005, ISBN: 7-5032-2022-8

Yan Chongnian, The City of Intellectuals – Beijing Through the Centuries, China 2008, ISBN: 978-7-80219-385-7

Zhang Anzhi, A History of Chinese Painting, Beijing 2002, ISBN: 7-119-03042-6

Zhang Wei, Taxation Policy and the Economy of China. A Unique Overview of the Past, Present and Future of Taxation Policy in the People’s Republic of China, Beijing 2006, ISBN 7-01-005791-5

Last Update / Change 07.08.2011.