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Cambridge University Press launches new series of translated Chinese works

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15:36, April 18, 2012

LONDON, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Cambridge University Press (CUP) Monday launched a new series of works by Chinese scholars in English at the ongoing London Book Fair, which focuses on China this year.

The books, launched under the Cambridge China Library Program, cover topics such as Chinese history and the economic reform, among others.

"A History of Chinese Civilization" was among the most eye-catching books launched on Monday.

The book, which was originally published in Chinese in 2006, offers a panoramic illustration of Chinese civilization from the Neolithic Age to the founding of the Republic of China in 1912.

"The English version of 'A History of Chinese Civilization' will present Western readers with a true and complete account of Chinese civilization, and will promote academic exchanges and an understanding between China and the West as well," said Yuan Xingpei, editor-in-chief of the four-volume book.

Other important publications include a thirty-volume "Introductions to Chinese Culture" series, which cover topics ranging from architecture over archaeology, mythology and music to martial arts. The books in the series are targeted toward students and the general public.

The CUP initiated the China Library Program in 2009 to publish translated works of Chinese authors, of both academic and more general interest, on Chinese art, culture, and science. The aim of the works is to broaden Western readers' understanding of China.

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