Already the size of a telephone directory by the time of its fifth edition, in 2018, Wilkinson’s perennially popular Chinese History: A New Manual has now expanded still further into two volumes, with newly written introductions to each section, additions throughout, links to much recent scholarship, and new chapters that bring its account forward to the end of the Maoist era…An essential reference for even the most casual sinologist, with its pithy explanations of key historical and cultural issues, and extensive bibliographies for those who want to delve deeper.
-- Peter Neville-Hadley South China Morning Post
A magnificent achievement; the most valuable English-language reference book on China anywhere.
-- Richard J. Smith
Wilkinson displays a mastery of a vast array of topics and subfields…No one undertaking serious research about Chinese history…should be without it.
-- Bruce Rusk Journal of Asian Studies [regarding the 2017 edition]
A mighty book…magnificent.
-- Jonathan Mirsky New York Review of Books blog [regarding the 2015 edition]
The book is in every way absolutely indispensable to work in Chinese history.
-- Carla Nappi New Books in East Asian Studies [regarding the 2013 edition]