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Red Cross ‘Ukraine Emergency Appeal’ - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 25 March 2015

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine continues to have the potential to be a turning point in international relations both in Eastern Europe and across the globe. Although a second ceasefire was agreed in February, this has been cast into doubt in recent weeks by continuing issues concerning the political future of rebel-held areas.

This April, Cambridge Scholars Publishing will be supporting the Ukraine Emergency Appeal run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – an international charity providing humanitarian aid and relief to people affected by conflict and armed violence, and promoting the laws that protect victims of war. The ICRC works in affected areas across the globe, and, in addition to Ukraine, is currently running key operations in countries including the Central African Republic, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, South Sudan and Syria.


© CICR / DONDYUK, Maxim

Donetsk region, Sloviansk, Semenovka.

Barchinai, who comes from Uzbekistan, was able to repair the roof and windows of her house with material provided by the ICRC. This allowed Barchinai, her three children and her husband to come back to their home after spending months in Kherson, near the Black Sea.

Semenovka was badly shelled and suffered air bombing during the period of May-July 2014. The zone of the hospital was severely shelled - 13 out of 15 hospital buildings were destroyed - and about 300 private houses were destroyed. In Semenovka and other area of Sloviansk, the ICRC provided material to repair damaged houses and buildings in December 2014. The ICRC also distributed food parcels to the people of Semenovka.


We hope that you will join us in showing your support for this important cause. We are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling related titles, and donating the proceeds to the vital work of the ICRC. 

This unique book is dedicated to the legal and political dimension of the European Union policy towards its Eastern neighbours, namely Ukraine, Belarus, Moldavia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. It examines relevant material from a broad perspective, and attention is paid to the in-depth analysis of Eastern Partnership Agreements and the new Association agreements. Recent political unrest in Ukraine in connection with the delay of the signature of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement has also shown that this contract instrument is considered to be a key indicator in geopolitical terms. This volume’s analysis of this document enables a better understanding of the reasons for, and the core of, this development.

This book arrives at a very significant time throughout Europe. Not only is the European Union currently facing a prolonged economic and social crisis, but also its Eastern neighbourhood is confronted with the growing hostility of an assertive Russia, opposing any new advance of the West towards its frontiers. This volume defines a series of major regional opportunities, vulnerabilities and dilemmas, and explores the complex perspectives of the “new Eastern Europe”, located between the European Union and Russia, under its current name of the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood, along with the tensions and challenges of a possible second Cold War.

When the East set off to join the West in a common Europe, its economic and political oddities became increasingly visible in the rapprochement. So what does the West make of the East? How does ex-communist Europe come across through the lens of the Western media? This book presents research conducted on all material concerning Bulgaria on the BBC website over a period of five years: starting with the early years of EU accession in 2007, up to the hysteria regarding a wave of Bulgarian immigrants to the UK in 2012. The results evoke a grim picture, prompting unfavourable attitudes to Bulgarians. That is why the images spawned by news coverage need to be monitored and moderated – for which this book offers an array of methodologies.


To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code UKRAINE15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th April, 2015.


To learn more about the work of the charity ICRC, please click here.


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East Central Europe in Exile Awarded PAHA Prize - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 25 March 2015

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce that East Central Europe in Exile, edited by Dr Anna Mazurkiewicz, has received the Oskar Halecki Prize from the Polish American Historical Association.

The Polish American Historical Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt, interdisciplinary organisation devoted to the study of Polish American history and culture. Founded in 1942 as part of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, PAHA became an autonomous scholarly society in 1948. As an affiliate of the American Historical Association, PAHA promotes research and publication of scholarly materials focused on Polish American history and culture and their European origins.


The Oskar Halecki Prize is an annual award presented by the Polish American Historical Association in recognition of an important book or monograph on the Polish experience in the United States.

The PAHA said of Dr Mazurkiewicz’s books:

"This outstanding two-volume work takes up an extremely significant area of research in the broad field of Polish American studies, namely the experience of emigration and resettlement in a new homeland. The books include contributions by thirty-eight scholars from North America and Europe that examine aspects of both the Polish emigration and settlement experiences, along with those of other peoples from East Central Europe. Dr Mazurkiewicz’s effort makes an inestimable contribution to scholarly research and knowledge in the important field of emigration studiesand with special attention to the experiences of peoples who are all too often overlooked in discussions of this subject."

The author, Dr Anna Mazurkiewicz, said:

"I welcomed the decision of the Polish American Historical Association to bestow the 2015 Oskar Halecki Prize to the “East Central Europe in Exile” volumes with a great deal of satisfaction and joy. I am honoured by the fact that the Board of this prestigious scholarly association took into consideration edited volumes devoted to the study of transatlantic migration and resettlement which presented the Polish experience in a larger, regional context. The efficient cooperation with Cambridge Scholars Publishing allowed for these volumes’ prompt publication in an attractive form. I am sure that, together with the books’ wide distribution, Cambridge Scholars’ work contributed to the volumes’ success."


To celebrate this award, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on East Central Europe in Exile: Transatlantic Migrations (vol. 1) and East Central Europe in Exile: Transatlantic Identities (vol. 2). To redeem your discount, simply enter the promotional code AWARD15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th April, 2015.


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Book of the Month - April 2015 25 March 2015

Our April ‘Book of the Month’ is Hospitality and Translation: An Exploration of How Muslim Pupils Translate their Faith in the Context of an Anglican Primary School by Tom Wilson.


After recent controversies, including the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal in Birmingham, UK, this book takes a timely look at the sensitive subject of integrating different religions into local schools and communities. It will be of interest not just from the perspectives of religion and education, but also from the more general aspect of nurturing multiculturalism in modern society.

What is the experience of Muslim pupils in an Anglican Primary School? Not the conflict or controversy that might at first be imagined. Combining analysis of two years of fieldwork in an Anglican Primary School where the majority of pupils are Muslim with detailed engagement with the writings of Tariq Ramadan and the recommendations of the Muslim Council of Britain, Hospitality and Translation demonstrates the positive relationships that are possible between Muslims and Christians in Anglican schools.


To find out more, 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 BOMAPR15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th April, 2015.

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


“In this accomplished and carefully argued book, readers will experience an opportunity to benefit from several different gifts. First, Muslims are shown that Christian schools can provide an approach to education that is respectful, inclusive and affirming of their Islamic faith. Second, it offers a model from which Muslim schools could learn if they wish to avoid some of the recent controversy and criticism that has arisen. Third, it shows that faith schools have the capacity to contribute constructively to an educational experience that promotes social harmony and the common good. Fourth, the author brings theory about education in a plural society right down to earth and demonstrates how potentially neuralgic issues about religious assumptions and outlooks can be addressed. Finally, Wilson bears witness to the fertility, practicality and relevance of theology in illuminating and providing guidance for educators. Any one of these gifts is worth having; to be offered all five turns this into a real treasure.”

—John Sullivan, Emeritus Professor of Christian Education, Liverpool Hope University; Visiting Professor of Theology and Education, Newman University, Birmingham.


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75th Annual Meeting Academy of Management - Meet Cambridge Scholars Publishing 06 March 2015

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is exhibiting at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management on 7-11th August 2015, and we would love to meet you to discuss your publishing requirements.

Whilst the Cambridge Scholars team have been actively attending and sponsoring a wide variety of events on the international conference circuit for some years now, we are excited to announce that in 2015 we will be exhibiting for the first time at a number of key conferences worldwide.

We are often asked by our author community if we can increase our visibility at prominent global conferences. Such events provide a great opportunity for scholars to meet members of our team, and discuss potential avenues to publication. As such, we plan to increase our outreach work this year, and over the coming months we will be letting you know about forthcoming conference dates for your diary.


One of the most notable of these is the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Vancouver, Canada. The 2015 program theme is Opening Governance, and invites members to consider opportunities to improve the effectiveness and creativity of organisations by restructuring systems at the highest organisational levels, and to try to answer the many questions that organisational governance faces in today’s digital and informational climate.

Please visit us at our booth 114 in Exhibit Hall B to discuss how we can help you with your publishing requirements and to meet our publishing representatives and members of our Editorial Advisory Board.

To book a conference appointment with our team, please email: christine.von-gall@cambridgescholars.com

We look forward to meeting you in Vancouver!


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International Women's Day 2015 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 06 March 2015

This Sunday, 8th March, is International Women’s Day; an opportunity to commemorate women, their struggles, and their achievements, whilst calling for greater equality.


First observed in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, International Women’s Day originally grew from the frustrations of millions over the lack of women’s rights to work, vote, and hold public office. Today, it incorporates multifaceted and diverse regional activities, ranging from political rallies, conferences, and government events through to arts performances, local media activity and more.

The United States even designates the whole month of March as ‘Women's History Month’, and the United Nations has observed International Women’s Day since 1975. In words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon:

“To be truly transformative, the post-2015 development agenda must prioritise gender equality and women’s empowerment. The world will never realize 100 per cent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realise their full potential. When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all.”


Thomson Reuters has developed some great resources as they invite you to join them in celebrating International Women's Day 2015 and the role of women in bringing about positive change in the world. To mark this occasion, Reuters has created a slideshow of women from across the globe, living in extraordinary times.

Please click below to browse through the images:

http://updates.thomsonreuters.com/international-womens-day/

© 2015 Thomson Reuters. Click for Restrictions.


In honour of International Women’s Day 2015, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is celebrating some of our best-selling and critically acclaimed titles in Women’s and Gender Studies, and offering our readers a 50% discount.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code WOMEN15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 6th April 2015.


To find out more about International Women’s Day, please click here.


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Editorial Advisory Board's 'Recommended Read' - March 2015 04 March 2015

This March, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Jonathan Gosling has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. A trained anthropologist, Jonathan is Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter Business School, and has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership Development at INSEAD, France, as well as Visiting Professor at McGill University, Quebec, and at Lund University, Sweden.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Jonathan’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAR15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 6th April 2015.


Professor Jonathan Gosling’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Good Governance and Civil Society: Selected Issues on the Relations between State, Economy and Society

Editor: Adam Jarosz

“‘Good Governance and Civil Society’ is a title that names a simple and most desirable good, and a book that weaves its many-textured threads into a complex and satisfying whole. I have read the third volume, focusing on relations between state, economy and society, which includes 23 papers and an excellent introduction that lays out the conceptual ground in terms of the paradoxes addressedat least ideallyby civil society. Most appealingly, Ralph Schattkowsky [in his introductory remarks] points out the naivety of the many calls for simple solutions (desire less, occupy more), calling for scholarshipoffered in these chaptersthat “escapes from the principle of general approval”.”


For further information on Professor Jonathan Gosling, please click here


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Book of the Month - March 2015 04 March 2015

Our March ‘Book of the Month’ is Telling Tales: Storytelling in Contemporary Spain edited by Anne L. Walsh.


This volume delves deeply into the role played by stories and storytelling in shaping, controlling and mapping present-day Spain, and examines fiction in various manifestations and genres, especially written and filmic. Authors and filmmakers find inspiration in everyday occurrences, and, while there is nothing unusual in that, the interest here lies in the consequent transformation of these occurrences into fascinating stories that attempt to make sense of chaotic events, connect those events temporally, and explore the meaning of the consequent coherence. This collection focuses specifically on Spain where easily identifiable features of history (such as the Spanish Civil War, the Franco Dictatorship, transition, democracy, and the global economic crisis) have had a major impact on everyday life. The resulting narratives show clear evidence of that impact, with an emphasis on such themes as the significance of memory, the impossibility and instability of such memory, the chaotic nature of life, and the place of the nation/state in the psyche of the individual, with emerging themes investigating the role of solidarity and empathy in the empowerment of the individual.


To find out more, 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 BOMMAR15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 6th April 2015.

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


In this age of Western late capitalism, for which Walter Benjamin predicted the disappearance of storytelling, Telling Tales: Storytelling in Contemporary Spain, edited by Anne L. Walsh, bears witness to the continued necessity of storytelling in shaping personal, collective and (trans)national identities. The volume is an enthralling collection of sixteen top-class reflections on the roles of storytelling in contemporary Spain […] This volume, informed by rich theoretical frameworks, offers enormous intellectual value not only to scholars of Spanish literatures and cultural studies but also to all those who consider the art of storytelling as essential to what it means to be human and to the affirmation of empathetic solidarity and community.

—Professor Christine Arkinstall, the University of Auckland


“This is a stimulating collection which manages to integrate essays on a wide variety of themes into a coherent volume. The overarching theme of storytelling–which might at first seem a little obvious for a collection of reflections on narrative genres–is particularly relevant at this point in Spanish history. […] Through close studies of particular films and works of literature, the volume explores themes as diverse as aging, death, gender, love, truth, fantasy, identity, and individual and collective memory. The exploration of these themes is stimulating even for readers unfamiliar with the wide range of texts and films under consideration. The contributors are drawn from across the world and represent a healthy combination of established and emerging scholars. It is nice to see female voices well represented in the volume, both in the works studied and the authors of the chapters themselves. In sum, this volume will make a substantial contribution to the field of Contemporary Spanish Studies.”

—Professor Kathryn Crameri, Stevenson Chair of Hispanic Studies, University of Glasgow


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