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Eric N. Danielson


Shanghai, China

Email: eric@yangziriver.net

Home page: http://www.yangziriver.net

MSN: eric@yangziriver.net

Education:

History B.A. (1988)
University of Washington, Seattle.

History M.A. (1994)
George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Publications:

The Historic Roots of the Recent Balkan Conflict, Washington D.C.: George Washington University Press, 1996.

The Yangzi River and The Three Gorges, Sixth Edition, Hong Kong: Odyssey Guides, 2001. (Contributed 100 pages of new content to a guide originally written by Judy Bonavia in 1985, including the chapters on Shanghai, Nanjing and Wuhan.) ISBN# 9622176941.
Available at http://www.amazon.com.

Author Description:

Eric N. Danielson is an experienced professional writer, editor, historian, photographer and traveler.
He has more than 11 years experience living in China and has traveled solo all around the country to many scenic and historic spots seldom visited by other foreigners. To date he has authored five major publications on China, four of which he provided all the photos as well as the text. He was the co-author of “The Yangzi River and the Three Gorges,” sixth edition published by Odyssey Guidebooks of Hong Kong in August 2001. In addition he has authored several other books and periodical/journal articles. He began studying China under the guidance of the well-known expert Professor Kent Guy while at the University of Washington in Seattle in the 1980s. Eric has both a B.A. in History (1988) from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.A. in History (1994) from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His knowledge of China extends to the country’s geography, history, culture, language, current events and economy.

Shanghai and the Yangzi Delta: From Past to Present

Eric N. Danielson, The New Yangzi River Trilogy Vol. I: Shanghai and the Yangzi Delta, From Past to Present, Singapore: Times Publishing Ltd., 2004. ISBN # 9812325972. Paperback. $25.00.

Here is a list of ten key differences about his book compared to others:

1) At the time of writing, the author had been a resident of Shanghai for over five years, and was a trained historian.
2) He used Chinese language source material, unlike most books on Shanghai by foreign authors who have only used English language sources exclusively.
3) It contains the first and only complete history of Shanghai from its earliest origins up to the present, with predictions for its future development.
4) It provides Pinyin phonetic translations for all Chinese names used in the text.
5) The book covers all of the large area of the Shanghai municipality, including the outlying rural counties and districts, unlike most books on Shanghai that only cover the downtown city center.
6) Eric’s book tells the story of Chinese Shanghai, including its Chinese culture and the notable Chinese people who have lived there, unlike most Shanghai books written by foreign authors such as Stella Dong who only tell the story of the foreigners’ experience in Shanghai during the colonial era, as if there were never any Chinese living there before.
7) His book includes a detailed eight-page bibliography of sources conveniently broken down by topic.
8) The back of the book has an appendix containing a historic street name index and notes on the Chinese language.
9) In addition to the well-researched text, the book contains hundreds of color photographs of not only the well known landmarks, but also unusual sights never seen in an English language book before.
10) It includes convenient maps of most neighborhoods.

Nanjing and the Lower Yangzi: From Past to Present

Eric N. Danielson, The New Yangzi River Trilogy Vol. II: Nanjing and the Lower Yangzi, From Past to Present, Singapore: Times Publishing Ltd., 2004. ISBN: 9812325980. Paperback. $25.00.

This is an illustrated travel guide to the three Chinese provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui, and Jiangxi, focusing on those towns and sights along the Yangzi River. The keystone is a 143-page chapter on Nanjing which is the most extensive English language history and guide to the city since Barry Till's work was published 15 years ago in 1981. Other key sights that receive full chapters include the Buddhist sacred mountain of Jiuhua Shan in Anhui, and Mt. Lu Shan in Jiangxi. There is also a complete chapter on the history of Chinese Buddhism up to the present. Emphasis is given to the history and traditional culture of this region, although modern developments and current events are included to bring the story up to the present. All photos, research and text are by Eric.

The Three Gorges and the Upper Yangzi: From Past to Present

Eric N. Danielson, The New Yangzi River Trilogy, Vol. III: The Three Gorges and the Upper Yangzi, From Past to Present, Singapore: Times Editions - Marshall Cavendish, 2005. Paperback: 430 pages. ISBN: 9812325999. List Price: $25.50

A travel guide/historical study of the Yangzi River between Wuhan and Chongqing inclusive. Of interest to most will be the section on the Three Gorges. Photos, maps, and bibliography are included. Years in the making by an eyewitness writer/photographer on the eve of destruction.

This is an illustrated travel guide to the sections of the Yangzi River that flow through the provinces of Hubei, Hunan, and the municipality of Chongqing. Key sights receiving full chapters include the city of Wuhan, the Three Gorges, and the city of Chongqing. There is also a full chapter on the history and development of the Taoist religion (Dao Jiao). Emphasis is given to the history and traditional culture of this region, although modern developments and current events are included to bring the story up to the present. All photos, research and text by Eric.

Sales Outlets:

The New Yangzi River series Vol. I is now currently available worldwide through the online bookstores of Amazon.com and Times Publishing. It is available locally in Shanghai from Shanghai Book Traders. See links below.

http://www.timesone.com.sg
http://www.Amazon.com
http://sbt.com.cn

Book Reviews:

The New Yangzi River series has received favorable reviews in magazines such as Beijing’s City Weekend, Shanghai’s Shanghai Talk, Nanjing’s MAP Magazine, and has been mentioned in articles in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.

This three-part series of books also contains the following useful resources:
• Detailed maps of nearly every city show you exactly where the key sights you want to see are located.
• Pinyin phonetic translations of all Chinese place names make it easy for any foreign traveler to communicate with taxi drivers, bus drivers, and hotel staff about the location of sights they want to see.
• A detailed bibliography of the sources consulted by the author, contained in the appendix to each book.
• A list of Internet websites in the appendix provides you with additional sources of information on China, the Yangzi River, and all the cities along its shores.

Interests: Chinese History, China Travel, Chinese Religions (Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Confucianism).

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes

 

Published works:

Nonfiction

  • The Historic Roots of the Recent Balkan Conflict
  • The Yangzi River and The Three Gorges, Sixth Edition
  • Shanghai and the Yangzi Delta, From Past to Present, The New Yangzi River Vol.I
  • Nanjing and the Lower Yangzi, From Past to Present, The New Yangzi River Vol.II
  • The Three Gorges and The Upper Yangzi , From Past to Present, The New Yangzi River Vol.III
  • Discover Shanghai: the city's history and culture redefined