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International Day for Monuments and Sites - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 March 2017

This month, Cambridge Scholars joins ICOMOS in celebrating the International Day for Monuments and Sites on 18th April. This year the theme is ‘Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism’, which remains an important theme in the context of contemporary conservation, particularly in light of the exponential growth in global tourism. Questions concerning restoration, reconstruction and re-enactment have a central role in sustainable tourism and conservation decision-making in an era of post-truth and threats to authenticity.

The International Day for Monuments and Sites was established by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983, and has taken place annually ever since. This year’s theme of ‘Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism’ was chosen in relation to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

To mark the International Day for Monuments and Sites and the 2017 theme of ‘Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism’, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 related titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MONUMENTS17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th April 2017.

The research methodology of Conservation in Earthen Heritage: Assessment and Significance of Failure, Criteria, Conservation Theory, and Strategies is based in a case study strategy analysing three World Heritage earthen sites, namely Chan Chan in Peru, Aït Ben Haddou in Morocco and Arg-e Bam in Iran. A combination of sources was also used, following a multi-method approach. This book suggests implementing standards for high quality intervention through the definition of criteria for decision-making and indicators of quality and best practice, as well as clarification concerning procedures in the methodology of intervention. It also stresses the importance of conservation theory in earthen heritage conservation, combining theory and practice. In addition, the book recommends an overall strategy in the conservation of earthen heritage, with particular emphasis on an approach that integrates education, awareness, research and preventive conservation.

Despite the increasing focus from juridical and social sciences perspectives, cultural heritage remains a subject insufficiently considered from a historical point of view. Based on a comparative approach, looking at a variety of experiences developed for the management of cultural heritage since the emergence of the protectionist movement, Cultural Heritage in a Comparative Approach: In the Name of Aphrodite analyses UNESCO cultural heritage legislation with regards to the socio-anthropological evolution of the concept of cultural heritage.

A burning global issue, the achievement of sustainable tourism, can never ignore the global south or developing regions of the planet where tourism is rapidly growing. The readership of Sustainable Tourism in the Global South: Communities, Environments and Management will be taken through a fascinating and comprehensive collection of writings on sustainable tourism, which brings together a compilation of profound conceptual and empirical research findings from diverse socio-economic and environmental settings in the developing South. The contributions of expert and new researchers review and interpret ideals and multiple realities concerning the concept of sustainability in the tourism development process. The comprehensive nature of the book, and its diversity, provides a holistic picture of sustainable tourism in the global South today.

This volume is a collection of contributions presented at the 4th YOCOCU Youth in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Conference, held in Agsu, Azerbaijan, in May 2014. The driving force behind YOCOCU 2014: Professionals’ Experiences in Cultural Heritage Conservation in America, Europe, and Asia was to transcend geographical boundaries and encourage every participant to define their contribution and role within the cultural heritage community. The book starts by reflecting on the present politics, strategies and methods of cultural heritage conservation, and demonstrates new ideas and multidisciplinary approaches to conservation needs. This is not only a creative and passionate examination of cultural heritage conservation but also examines how YOCOCU 2014 was, and continues to be, a vector for the development of young professionals, a bridge between cultures and different levels of expertise.

To find out more about the International Day for Monuments and Sites, please click here.

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Book of the Month - April 2017 31 March 2017

Our April Book of the Month is The Future of (High) Culture in America, edited by Daniel Asia.

This book brings together the proceedings of the inaugural conference of the University of Arizona Center for American Culture and Ideas (CACI), an institution dedicated to studying and promoting the arts, particularly investigating the relationship between the high arts and culture in America. The conference was titled “The Future of (High) Culture in America,” and was held in March 2014. Presenters and respondents included practicing artists, critics, educators and academics, curators, and art purveyors, all at the top of their game. Papers were presented, followed by comments from a panel of respondents and an audience question and answer period. The conference title can be read as both a statement and a question: Is there high culture in America, and if so, is it in jeopardy? This suggests an opportunity to consider what “culture” or “high culture” means. This book explores a range of subjects, including music, dance, the visual arts (particularly photography), and more general philosophical and psychological matters. As such, it offers a fascinating and provocative kaleidoscope of the position of arts and culture in America.

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 BOMAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th April 2017.

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

“A heartfelt review of the American cultural scene by people who have come together to interrogate it. Full of insights and calls for renewal, with an impressive range of reference. Reading this book was a great learning experience, and its findings will surely bring a measure of hope to those who are concerned about the future of high culture in this country.”

—Sir Roger Scruton, Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center

“Daniel Asia and his friends are friends of (high) culture – which can use the friendship, and appreciation, and furtherance. This book is a remembrance of things past and a recommendation for the future.”

—Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor, National Review

“What is ‘high culture,’ and how is it related to ‘mass culture?’ Is its future uncertain in this information age, and how might life be different given dramatic changes in the arts – whatever their level? The intriguing essays in this book pursue these and other engaging questions, and will interest not only anyone who cares about the arts or crosscurrents in contemporary culture but also people in literature, aesthetics, and social criticism.”

—Robert Audi, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

“Anyone interested in the fate of our civilization (let alone “high culture”) will want to read this sobering and informative book.”

—Roger Kimball, Editor and Publisher, The New Criterion

“This volume is a lively and learned collection of essays by critics at the center of their art forms. They don't waste time lamenting the slow and steady death of high culture in the United States. Instead, they speak of its survival within a democratic culture and among smaller, but fiercely devoted audiences. We hear the best of high culture experience without the grousing over its limited appeal and decay in mainstream media and on college campuses.”

—Mark Bauerlein, Professor of English, Emory University

“An important book for those who care about the state, and fate, of high culture.”

—Bruce Cole, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - April 2017 31 March 2017

This April, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Jon Nixon has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Jon has authored more than a hundred chapters and peer reviewed articles over the last thirty years, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Jon’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th April 2017.

Professor Jon Nixon’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Education in a Society uncertain of its Values: Contributions to Practical Pedagogy

Author: Wolfgang Brezinka.

Uncertainty in value orientations also creates uncertainty in education. Are there ways to escape this dilemma? How can we achieve new clarity on the worldview and moral foundations of education? To what ends should we direct education? With what difficulties should we reckon? What tasks must parents fulfil and which should be assigned to teachers? This book deals with these topics.

We live in a time of immense uncertainty: a time characterised by ‘post-truth’ politics, civil and social unrest, and rabid fanaticism. Wolfgang Brezinka, Emeritus Professor at the University of Konstanz in Germany, has produced a splendid book that prompts us to share the educational and pedagogical implications of these troubled times. It is comprehensive, scholarly, accessible and thought-provoking. It also – notwithstanding its philosophical orientation – focuses on specific instances of educational and pedagogic practice. Readers may find themselves at odds with some elements of Brezinka’s analysis. I for one was unsympathetic towards the Christian orientation of some of the chapters. But the great virtue of this book is that it prompts the reader to take seriously one of the great challenges of our time – namely, how to prepare future generations to live together in a world of difference. This is an important book that will be of interest to all those involved in the education of young people.” 

For further information on Professor Nixon, please click here.

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Featured Review - Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean 31 March 2017

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Danyel Reiche’s review of Aris Petasis’ edited collection Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean. Danyel is an Associate Professor for Comparative Politics at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science.

"The nine chapters of Intractable Dilemmas deal with the timely topic of cooperation among the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin (EMB: Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece). It centers on their tumultuous past and their desperate need to find a new path. Colonialism, clashes of identities, and competition over economic resources have prevented them from resolving their historical conflicts, let alone fostering regional cooperation. Discoveries in recent years of significant hydrocarbon resources in the Nile Delta Basin and the Levantine Basin have found the EMB countries unprepared for collaboration. [...] [This] volume is a must-read for all who wish to learn about the complexities of exploiting Eastern Mediterranean natural resources."

–Danyel Reiche, Middle East Quarterly 24:1 (2017)

To find out more about Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean, click here. To read Danyel’s review for Middle East Quarterly in full, click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

For more information on the post-publication process, please visit our dedicated Post-Publication page by clicking here or email

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Meet our Authors: Santiago Sia – March 2017 09 March 2017

Santiago Sia has recently retired as Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Milltown Institute (National University of Ireland). Author and editor of several books and articles, and an international lecturer, he was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethical Studies for several years at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA.

His specialised fields are philosophy of religion, ethics, and interdisciplinary studies. He has been closely associated with the academic and research programmes of various universities and professional institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Santiago has authored (or co-authored, together with Marian F. Sia) six titles with Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Ethical Contexts and Theoretical Issues: Essays in Ethical Thinking (2010), From Question to Quest: Literary-Philosophical Enquiries into the Challenges of Life (2010), Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society (2014), That Elusive Fountain of Wisdom: A Tale of the Human Thirst for Knowledge (2015), This Deep Pierian Spring: An Account of the Human Quest for Meaning (2016), and Those Distant Shores: A Narrative of Human Restlessness (2015). All six titles are available as both hardback and paperback editions.

Santiago explains why he has returned to publish on a number of occasions with Cambridge Scholars:

Cambridge Scholars Publishing have published my last six books, and my experience of working closely with them has been most positive as was indeed my experience with my other publishers. I found the staff here very attentive to my concerns and queries, and most helpful and prompt throughout the process of publishing. They have been truly professional. Given their own academic backgrounds and interests—unique in the publishing world—I chose them for my trilogy of scholarly books which represent the culmination of my research work and philosophical thinking carried out throughout my academic career. These are: Ethical Contexts and Theoretical Issues: Essays in Ethical Thinking; (with Marian F. Sia) From Question to Quest: Literary-Philosophical Enquiries into the Challenges of Life; and finally, Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society.

Moreover, their policy of respecting the experience and expertise of their established authors while insisting on strict academic standards resonated well with me. Also of particular interest to me was their openness to review and accept novel approaches to academic publishing. Their strong support encouraged my wife and me to venture into a more narrative way of communicating philosophical ideas. It resulted in the publication of our trilogy of philosophical novels: Those Distant Shores: a Narrative of Human Restlessness; That Elusive Fountain of Wisdom: a Tale of the Human Thirst for Knowledge; and This Deep Pierian Spring: an Account of the Human Quest for Meaning.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both the paperback and hardback editions of This Deep Pierian Spring. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th April 2017.

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Meet our Authors: Franka Kermer – March 2017 09 March 2017

Franka Kermer is a post-doctoral researcher (Kone Foundation, 2017–2021) in English Language and Culture at the University of Eastern Finland. She is particularly interested in the study of cognitive approaches to language structure, second language acquisition and corpus linguistics. Her current research focuses on cross-linguistic influence from the perspective of cognitive grammar and cognitive sociolinguistics. Franka has spent the last six months as a University teacher of English at Beijing Normal University, China. Prior to that, she taught English at the University of Eastern Finland, where she also completed her PhD.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Franka has authored A Cognitive Grammar Approach to Teaching Tense and Aspect in the L2 Context, which links cognitive grammar explanations to the area of second-language learning and instructed grammar teaching. This is her first book.

Franka describes her experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Before I completed my PhD in English Language and Culture, I received advice from a fellow researcher to consider sending my manuscript to Cambridge Scholars Publishing, due to their interest in supporting researchers at the early stages of their career. As this was my very first book publication, I was grateful for the professional and very supportive collaboration with Cambridge Scholars, especially with Amanda Millar, who was always readily available when required and included me in each and every step or decision of the publishing process. I was also grateful for the editorial expertise, advice and, most of all, patience. I would wholeheartedly recommend Cambridge Scholars to any scholar, whether they are early career researchers or more experienced academics.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on A Cognitive Grammar Approach to Teaching Tense and Aspect in the L2 Context. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th April 2017.

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