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The First World War Centenary 2014 29 July 2014

On 4th August 2014, Cambridge Scholars will be proudly celebrating the First World War centenary.

The Cambridge Scholars team have commemorated this milestone in World History by writing a letter to an unknown soldier. This innovative online project was inspired by a statue of a soldier reading a letter on Platform One of London’s Paddington Station. It invites people from all walks of life to write a letter to this soldier and create a war memorial made only of words, which will remain permanently archived in the British Library. Click here to add your voice.

At the height of the First World War an average of twelve and a half million letters were sent each week by family, friends and lovers to soldiers fighting on the Western Front. The letters from soldiers that survive today are both moving first-person accounts of the tedium, trauma and loneliness of war, and important historical records that allow us to understand the First World War from the perspective of those people who fought in it.

The end of the war was a bigger disaster than its beginnings. The war bequeathed the world Adolf Hitler and laid the seeds for the Second World War. More than 25,000 books have been written about the First World War and the centenary will see many more. 

Are you planning to commemorate The Great War? If so, we would love to hear your stories about how you will be marking this milestone. Please drop us a line.

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The Great War 29 July 2014

This August, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is proudly commemorating the First World War centenary. To see how we have been contributing to the remembrance of the event, click here.

As part of this commemoration, we are also offering our readers a 50% discount on one of our new releases, which has received critical acclaim for its depiction of British wartime society, through a return to local experience and individual memories.

The Great War: Localities and Regional Identities

Editors: Nick Mansfield and Craig Horner

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code THEGREATWAR14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 8th September 2014.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


“The Great War is a potent ingredient in British national and local identities. The centenary of 1914–18 has intensified interest in researching and understanding this shared history even further. Yet, as the experience of the war and its aftermath has moved beyond the reach of direct, individual memory, so the dangers of partial, clichéd and homogenized versions of that experience grow, whether for historians or the wider public for whom this war has such resonance. This timely volume shows how returning to the local experience and using the rich, contemporary evidence enables the realities of wartime throughout British society to be re-discovered. These studies, from contrasting parts of England and Wales, illuminate differing aspects of the social, economic, political and cultural consequences of the war. Their varied perspectives offer ways to understand afresh the impact of the war, collectively and individually.”

—Dr Kate Tiller, Kellogg College, Oxford University


“This provocative and stimulating volume brings together some of the latest research on the way the war was experienced in communities right across Britain.”

—Professor Chris Williams, Cardiff University

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Book of the Month - August 2014 25 July 2014

Our August 'Book of the Month' is a critically acclaimed collection of essays, based on multi-disciplinary research and innovative teaching methods that provide new perspectives on the Holocaust. With 17 scholarly articles, ‘The Holocaust: Memories and History’, analyses testimonies, photographs, documents, literature and films, as well as teaching methods in Holocaust education.

To find out more about this book, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAUG14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 8th September 2014.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


“Among the many books on the Holocaust, this one is distinguished by the originality of its contributions and its multi-dimensionality. It brings us new information about Soviet Jewish writings, very early Holocaust films, the value of oral testimonies, and methods of teaching about the Holocaust. The chapters, most of which originated as papers at the Millersville University Conferences on the Holocaust and Genocide in 2010–2012, offer fresh perspectives on the Holocaust. They deal not only with the history of the Holocaust, but the role of memories, photo documents, literature and films in understanding it. The book contains valuable and thought-provoking correctives to common perceptions and misperceptions. A striking theme is how politics have affected our understandings, as in the low profile of Babi Yar among Nazi atrocities, western dismissal of Soviet photographs, and the blocking of films about the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government. This is truly an original contribution that should be used with great profit by scholars and students.”

—Zvi Gitelman, Professor of Political Science and Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies, University of Michigan


“This important and innovative collection of essays provides a mass of new material on different aspects of the Holocaust, including the relative importance of mass executions and of death camps in the genocide, on the way the Holocaust was recorded and envisaged in photographs, literature and film and on the problem of how the history of these tragic events can best be taught. It is essential reading for all those interested in the tragedy of the Jewish people during the Second World War.”

—Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Chief Historian, Permanent Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw

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Editorial Advisory Board's Recommended Reads - August 2014 25 July 2014

This August, three of our Editorial Advisory Board members, Professor Tony Eccles, Professor Luiz Moutinho and Professor Jon Nixon have chosen their ‘Recommended Reads’: a handpicked selection of our best-selling titles, which are noteworthy for the contribution they make to their field.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on the Board’s picks. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAUG14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 8th September 2014.


Professor Tony Eccles’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Innovative Business Practices: Prevailing a Turbulent Era

Editors: Demetris Vrontis and Alkis Thrassou

The 22 Chapters of this well-edited book contain an array of intriguing and illuminating findings on a range of innovative business practices, which scholars will find of considerable use. Topics range through succession effectiveness, sustainable tourism model development and knowledge hybridization – all of which are significant value to researchers and practitioners in a variety of fields."


Professor Luiz Moutinho’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Tourism Marketing: On Both Sides of the Counter

Editors: Metin Kozak, Luisa Andreu, Juergen Gnoth, Sonja Sibila Lebe and Alan Fyall

"This book entails a good collection of research studies in tourism and hospitality, ranging from Tourist Experiences and Satisfaction, to Destination Image and Branding. It is a tidy, robust, and scholarly publication. It contains good facets of advancement of knowledge in areas such as co-creation, environmental consumption, information asymmetries and agent-based modelling. With respect and the permission of the Editors, I would expect that future volumes will incorporate even more seminal thinking, both conceptual and methodological (e.g. networked narratives, ethnographic mimicry, biometrics, generalised linear methods, multi-criteria decision-making models and evolutionary algorithms). Nonetheless, this remains a commendable scholarly effort within a good academic remit."


Professor Jon Nixon’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Equalities and Education in Europe: Explanations and Excuses for Inequality

Authors: Alistair Ross, Melinda Dooly and Nanny Hartsmar

"This book invites us to reconceptualise inequality – and policy responses to inequality – with reference to educational attainment across Europe. It argues that many of those policy responses are based on false or misleading premises and proposes a radical reorientation towards policies based not on equality of opportunity, but on equality of outcome. It offers a reasoned critique of current educational policy while refocusing the debate on to the causes and underlying conditions of inequality. I recommend it to all those with a commitment to developing a fair and equitable system of educational provision within and across the national regions of Europe."


For further information on Professor Tony Eccles, please click here.

For further information on Professor Luiz Moutinho, please click here.

For further information on Professor Jon Nixon, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Graeme Harper - July 2014 23 July 2014

Professor Graeme Harper is an internationally published fiction writer, scriptwriter, and cultural critic. To date, he has published more than 20 books with a range of publishers and over 140 articles and chapters. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Co-Editor (with O. Evans) of the journal Studies in European Cinema and Associate Editor of the Creative Industries Journal.

Graeme is Dean of the Honors College, Professor at Oakland University, Michigan, USA, and an Honorary Professor in the United Kingdom. He has won a National Book Council Award, and awards/fellowships from the BBC, Mütter Library, the Institute of Medical Humanities, UTMB, the British Academy, NSW Ministry for the Arts and MARBL/Emory University. Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, he has authored Making Up: Research in Creative Writing, and has edited Film Landscapes: Cinema, Environment and Visual Culture, and New Ideas in the Writing Arts.


Graeme explains his reasons for continuing to publish with Cambridge Scholars and the distinct role we play in the publishing community:

“I have worked with many presses, all around the world, and I can say that I have greatly enjoyed working with Cambridge Scholars, and the very fine results. 

When we see a still relatively new publisher joining the wider community of publishers, authors and editors we have to celebrate - especially when they arrive and grow with such enthusiasm and commitment. Whether an author, an editor or indeed another publisher, we each can appreciate this energy, and it helps invigorate things more widely. Cambridge Scholars has shown a commitment to advancing the exchange of human knowledge that is clearly very exciting. 

I look forward to our continued relationship and the excellent work going on at the press.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Graeme’s books published with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUL14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2014.


To find out more about Professor Graeme Harper, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Young Scholars - July 2014 23 July 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is committed to offering an equitable and rewarding publishing experience to academics across the spectrum of professional experience. We truly believe in the importance of nurturing and developing talent in academic publishing, as the wider academic community will benefit from an expanded pool of leading edge research.

Our CEO, Graeme Nicol, explains further:

“We recognise the difficulties facing young academics in their early career: the notion of ‘publish or perish’ is widespread, and PhD candidates are acutely aware that their publishing record will have a crucial impact on their professional prospects. Certainly, a Catch-22 situation can often arise where academics need a publishing record to be considered for post-doctoral publications, but struggle to get their foot on the publishing ladder. Some of these individuals are producing leading-edge research, and demonstrating great future potential. I do believe that the publishing industry should try to give the brightest young scholars a helping hand if their work is of an exceptional academic standard. We currently have a policy of dedicating 10% of our annual publication output to the work of aspiring academics who might be taking their first steps into the world of publication. With this in mind, I am delighted to announce the Meet our Authors campaign, as it offers other young academics an insight into the type of research we are publishing at this level and what they can expect from our publishing service.”

This month’s ‘Young Scholars’: 


Dr Wojciech Drąg

Lecturer, Department of English Studies, Wrocław University, Poland.

Revisiting Loss: Memory, Trauma and Nostalgia in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro

“My experience of working with Cambridge Scholars has been exciting and rewarding throughout the entire publishing process. Prior to delivering the final manuscript, I was offered a number of insightful tips regarding the substance of my book – the overall structure and the areas that needed developing – as well as its form. At various stages of our collaboration, the Cambridge Scholars team have provided me with a courteous, prompt and highly professional service. I owe a great debt of gratitude to all of them.”


Dr Julio Peiró Sempere

Lecturer, Department of English, International University of La Rioja (UNIR), Spain

The Influence of Mikhail Bakhtin on the Formation and Development of the Yale School of Deconstruction

“Publishing my book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing has been an extremely rewarding experience. They made every step of the process look very simple. It was very reassuring to know that for every question I had, I would always get a quick and professional response. I remember when they asked me about the cover design of the book. I said I had none, yet they created a wonderful one for the book in a very short time. The final product looks great! I just want to express my deepest gratitude to Cambridge Scholars for making one of my dreams come true.”


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Nelson Mandela Day 2014 02 July 2014

On 18th July, Cambridge Scholars will be proudly celebrating Nelson Mandela Day to recognise the late Mr Nelson Mandela’s dedication to the values that promote conflict resolution, improved race relations, human rights and gender equality. The Mandela Day campaign was inaugurated as a vehicle to create a ‘dynamic’ legacy of Mandela’s life. Its message is simple – that each individual has the ability and responsibility to impact positive change every day.

Mandela gave 67 years of his life to the struggle for social justice. On the 18th July, individuals, businesses, NGO’s and government departments will be donating 67 minutes of their day to doing something good for the local community in any way they can.

Cambridge Scholars will be promoting the love of books and literature in our local community by donating books from our back catalogue to the region’s libraries, here in the United Kingdom. The lifelong education of the public is a worthy cause, close to our hearts, not least because of our love of the printed word, but also in light of the sweeping local government budget cuts, which have resulted in the closure of many of our local libraries throughout the UK.

Are you planning to participate in Nelson Mandela Day? If so, we would love to hear your stories about how you will be commemorating his legacy. Please drop us a line.

For further information on Nelson Mandela Day, please click here.

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Post-Apartheid Dance 02 July 2014

This July, Cambridge Scholars are proudly supporting Nelson Mandela Day to recognise the late Mandela’s outstanding contribution to the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic South Africa. To see how we are planning to get involved, click here.

The objective of this day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so, to build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities worldwide.

As part of this celebration, we are also offering our readers a 50% discount on one of our best-selling titles related to apartheid in South Africa, which has received critical acclaim for its invaluable contribution to dance studies, as well as its uncomplicated, reader-friendly tone.

Post-Apartheid Dance: Many Bodies Many Voices Many Stories

Editor: Sharon Friedman

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code APARTHEID14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 4th August 2014.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


“Post-Apartheid Dance: Many Bodies Many Voices Many Stories is the first – and long overdue – volume to grapple with the legacies of apartheid in dance. The voices gathered by editor Sharon Friedman address a multitude of issues – from the contentious identity embedded in the word ‘African’ to questions of aesthetic choice, the role of the European exotic gaze, the assimilation of Euro-American forms, and the goal of social transformation. With essays by nearly a dozen representatives of today’s South African dance world, this exciting volume celebrates the diversity of that world while spotlighting its continuing quest for full artistic enfranchisement.”

– Professor Lynn Garafola, Barnard College, New York, USA


“Post-Apartheid Dance: Many Bodies Many Voices Many Stories offers an excellent navigation of the complex landscape of dance in South Africa. These essays provide an invaluable contribution to dance studies, juxtaposing embodied experiences with critical reflections, which shift perspectives of dance practices in a global context.”

– Professor Christy Adair, York St John University, UK


For further information on Nelson Mandela Day, please click here.

 

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Book of the Month - July 2014 02 July 2014

Our July Book of the Month is a critically acclaimed analysis of the themes of authority and gender from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance. With contributions by fourteen authors, ‘Authority and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles’ spans medieval and early modern Europe, from England and Scandinavia, to Byzantium and the Crusader Kingdoms; embraces a variety of media and methods; and touches evidence from diverse branches of learning such as language and literature, history and art, to name just a few. This is an important collection, which will be of great utility for students and scholars of language, literature, and history.

To find out more about this book, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUL14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 4th August 2014.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


“The contributors tackle big questions – sovereignty, power, loyalty, gender determinacy and representation – in essays spanning nine centuries of chronicles and many languages. But there’s plenty here to entertain enthusiasts as well as specialists – great princes, male and female, damsels in distress, hussies, and hapless kings’ consort.”

– Professor Jane Roberts, University of London


“I recommend this collection of essays, Authority and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles, as a ‘must be read book’ in order to understand how men and women used the writing of the past to express notions of power and authority for the audiences they addressed. It is a pioneering book that is innovative and interdisciplinary. I hugely enjoyed reading it.”

– Professor Elisabeth van Houts, University of Cambridge


“This collection squarely faces questions of authority and authorisation, while moving beyond the narrow definition of gender as the feminine. It is strong on visual imagery as well as the written word, and full of refreshing surprises, from the symbolism of sideboards to the contested authority of male consorts. Anyone interested in chronicle studies will want to read it.”

– Professor Pauline Stafford, University of Liverpool

 

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Editorial Advisory Board's Recommended Reads - July 2014 02 July 2014

This July, three of our Editorial Advisory Board members, Professor Pierpaolo Andriani, Professor Sylvia van de Bunt-Kokhuis, and Professor Jonathan Winterton, have chosen their ‘Recommended Reads’: a handpicked selection of our best-selling titles, which are noteworthy for the contribution they make to their field.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on the Board’s picks. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUL14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 4th August 2014.


Professor Pierpaolo Andriani’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Innovations and Entrepreneurs in Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies

Authors: Jouko Nikula and Ivan Tchalakov

“This book offers a rich and unbiased source of material for scholars interested in the transition from socialist to market-oriented economies in Eastern Europe. Departing from conventional thinking, the authors show that under the apparent homogeneity imposed by communist parties, local institutional diversity enabled experiments in entrepreneurship. The book discusses the chaos that followed the collapse of the socialist order, with the sometimes senseless destruction of valid organisations and technological competencies. It also discusses new organizational forms that are being created in the former socialist countries. This study is an important tool in making sense of one of the most important socio-economic transformation of the last decades.”


Professor Sylvia van de Bunt-Kokhuis’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Leading for the Future

Author: Steve Lambert

“This book gives an innovative view on sustainable leadership for Further Education, providing an in-depth analysis on the required management qualifications and recruitment of principals. It also offers a toolset for professionals working on the sustainable future of Further Education, although primarily focused on the UK. In a follow-up study, the emerging field of online learning and online leadership would be a natural step to enhance sustainability of principals in 21st century Further Education. Worldwide linkages with academic networks e.g. the International Leadership Association (ILA), the Greenleaf Foundation, WCCES, EURAM, and the Academy of Management, would give this valuable study global wings.


Professor Jonathan Winterton’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Working

Editors: Malcolm Sargeant and Martina Ori

"This collection of papers from a 2012 conference in London offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of vulnerable workers and precarious work, usefully interpreted both in terms of labour market insecurity and exposure to unsafe working conditions. These debates are increasingly relevant in the unfolding crisis and associated restructuring, where precarious work is becoming the norm. Further studies of these important issues are needed, particularly action research seeking to limit insecurity and eradicate dangerous work. Until we make progress in this area, the Lisbon Strategy and Europe 2020 slogan of 'more and better jobs' will continue to have a hollow ring."


For further information on Professor Pierpaolo Andriani, please click here.

For further information on Professor Sylvia van de Bunt-Kokhuis, please click here.

For further information on Professor Jonathan Winterton, please click here.

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