Timothy Brook is professor of Chinese history in the History Department and holds the position of Republic of China Chair in the IAR. He has published eleven books (nine of which have been translated into multiple languages) and one museum catalogue. He has also edited seven, in addition to serving as editor-in-chief of Harvard University Press’ six-volume History of Imperial China. Brook’s research ranges from economic history to human rights, and spans the Ming dynasty to the present. Among his more popular books are Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global Age and Mr. Selden’s Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer. He was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 2013.
Current research projects include:
1. History of prices in the Ming dynasty
2. Comparative analysis of international relations in Asia before the 20th century
3. Chinese traditions of statecraft centring on the work of Qiu Jun of the mid-Ming.
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors, with Chen Shen and Wen-chien Cheng. Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 2014.
Mr. Selden’s Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer. Toronto: Anansi; New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. Published in the UK as Mr Selden’s Map of China: The Spice Trade, a Lost Chart and the South China Sea. London: Profile, 2013.
The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010.
Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World. Toronto: Penguin; New York: Bloomsbury; London: Profile, 2008.
Death by a Thousand Cuts, with Jérôme Bourgon and Gregory Blue. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008.
Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Chinese Elites in Wartime China. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005.
The Chinese State in Ming Society. London: Routledge Curzon, 2005.
Geographical Sources of Ming-Qing History. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 1988; enlarged 2nd edition, 2002.
Opium Regimes: China, Britain, and Japan, 1839-1952, co-edited with Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.
Nation Work: Asian Elites and National Identities, co-edited with Andre Schmid. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000.
China and Historical Capitalism: Genealogies of Sinological Knowledge, co-edited with Gregory Blue. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Documents on the Rape of Nanking. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999.
The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.
Civil Society in China, co-edited with B. Michael Frolic. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1997.
Culture and Economy: The Shaping of Capitalism in Eastern Asia, co-edited with Hy Van Luong. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997.
Praying for Power: Buddhism and the Formation of Gentry Society in Late-Ming China. Cambridge: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1993.
Quelling the People: The Military Suppression of the Beijing Democracy Movement. Toronto: Lester Publishing; New York: Oxford University Press, 1992; reprint, Stanford University Press, 1998.
The Asiatic Mode of Production in China. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1989.
National Polity and Local Power: The Transformation of Late Imperial China by Min Tu-ki, co-edited with Philip Kuhn. Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1989.