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Meet our Authors: Bob East – October 2017 13 October 2017

Dr Bob East is an independent Australian author and researcher. He gained his Doctorate of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, in 2010. He currently lives on a rural property in south-east Queensland.

Bob’s main focus of research is the Abu Sayyaf—the terrorist organisation in the southern Philippines. He travels to the Philippines every year for varying periods of time for research purposes and to catch up with colleagues. He is married to a Filipina, Maria, who speaks five of their languages, which helps with his research.

He has published three books with Cambridge Scholars, the first of which was Terror Truncated: The Decline of the Abu Sayyaf Group from the Crucial Year 2002 (2013). This was followed up in 2015 by 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf: The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell, a story of modern day survival which is “a true inspiration” according to senior journalist David Richardson of Australia’s Seven News.


In 2016 he published The Neo Abu Sayyaf: Criminality in the Sulu Archipelago of the Republic of the Philippines, in which Dr Peter Sales of the University of Wollongong says Bob “manages to cast light on a truly frightening situation”.

Bob now has another book under contract with Cambridge Scholars, tentatively titled Piracy in the Philippines: The Abu Sayyaf Adds a New Dimension to Terror, and as a returning author he explains why he has chosen to publish with us on a number of occasions:

When I wrote my first book, The Decline of the Abu Sayyaf Group from the Crucial Year 2002, I approached Cambridge Scholars Publishing and was pleasantly surprised to find they were interested in my topic of research. The Abu Sayyaf is not all that well known in the academic world. I was asked to submit certain data with my proposal and after a very short period of time I was offered a contract. The same happened with my two later books. I find the editing and publishing people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing to be very helpful. What did surprise me—and still does—is the quick turnaround from proposal to publishing. Inter alia, my three books are now included in the libraries of eight out of the top ten universities in the world. Of course, they are also available in other venues: a testament to the excellent marketing by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. I salute Cambridge Scholars’ professionalism.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Neo Abu Sayyaf: Criminality in the Sulu Archipelago of the Republic of the Philippines. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Bootheina Majoul – October 2017 13 October 2017

Bootheina Majoul is currently an Assistant Professor of English Studies at the Higher Institute of Applied Languages of Béja at the University of Jandouba, Tunisia. She holds an MA in Cross Cultural Poetics from the University of Carthage. and received her PhD in English Literature from Manouba University, Tunisia.

Bootheina has 17 years of teaching experience at six Tunisian institutions, and has taught EFL to young learners, general English, English for sciences, English for engineering, business English, English for maths, communication and presentation skills, British civilisation, translation, the history of British literature, British and American novels, literary theories and criticisms, film studies, and drama workshops.

She is the author of Doris Lessing: Poetics of Being and Time (2016), The Genetic and Generic Affiliations of Rushdie’s Satire in Midnight’s Children (2017), and On Trauma and Traumatic Memory (2017), as well as several academic articles and five collections of poems.


Bootheina serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies, and is a member of various bodies including the Doris Lessing Society (Ontario, Canada), the Tunisian Association of E-Learning (Tunisian Virtual University), and the research unit “Language and Cultural Forms” (University of Carthage).

Bootheina describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

When I wrote my first book, Doris Lessing: Poetics of Being and Time, I only considered submitting it to Cambridge Scholars, because they are a prestigious and quite selective publishing house. The staff are amazing; they accompanied me at every step, and their patience, collaboration and guidance were assets throughout the publishing process. I have since also published an edited volume, On Trauma and Traumatic Memory, with them, and I intend to continue publishing with Cambridge Scholars in the future (I have recently submitted a new proposal). I highly recommend Cambridge Scholars to every scholar who is looking for international recognition. I was so proud when friends from the USA, UK, Canada and elsewhere across the world sent me messages to say that they had come across my book at their respective universities. I congratulate Cambridge Scholars’ professional staff and thank them for all their attentiveness and patience with me all along the publishing process.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Doris Lessing: Poetics of Being and Time. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2017.


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500th Anniversary of the Reformation - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 September 2017

This month, Cambridge Scholars is marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a major event in the 16th century that left an indelible mark on not only the landscape in Europe but also further afield. The Reformation is considered to have begun with the publication of Martin Luther’s ‘Ninety-five Theses’ in Wittenberg, Germany, which most believe to have been on 31st October, 1517.

In the words of Tom Rassieur, curator of last year’s exhibition ‘Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation’ at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, USA, “one man, Martin Luther, took a stand that literally shredded the fabric of Europe. It changed theology, it changed politics, it changed society and it changed political boundaries. It gave us a revolution in education, in literacy. There are many, many manifestations of the Reformation.”

To mark this anniversary, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles on Christianity since the Reformation.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code REFORMATION17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2017.

A Short History of the Church of England: From the Reformation to the Present Day retraces the history of the Church of England from the Henrician schism (1533–34) to the present day, and focuses on the complex relations between the Church and the State which, in the case of an established Church, are of paramount importance. Theological questions, and in particular the conflicting influences of Catholicism and Protestantism, in its various forms, are also examined. The religious settlement engineered by Elizabeth I and her advisers in the 16th century saved England from the atrocities of religious war. However, the countless theological battles and party feuds which have punctuated the history of the Church suggest that the Elizabethan settlement was not entirely successful. The Church of England today is a “broad Church”, hosting within its fold a wide range of traditions and beliefs. The coexistence between liberals and conservatives and, to a lesser extent, between Anglo-Catholics and Evangelicals, remains uneasy and the unity of the Church is fragile.

The English Reformation was no bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky. Nor was it an event that was inevitable, smooth, or predictable. Rather, it was a process that had its turbulent beginnings in the late medieval period and extended through until the Restoration. Renovating the Sacred: Faith Communities and the Re-formation of the English Parish Church places the emphasis not just on law makers or the major players, but also, and more importantly, on those individuals and parish communities that lived through the twists and turns of reform. It explores the unpredictable process of the English Reformation through the fabric, rituals and spaces of the parish church in the Diocese of Norwich c. 1450–1662, as recorded, through the churchwardens’ accounts and the material remains of the late medieval and early modern periods. It is through the uses and abuses of the objects, rituals, spaces of the parish church that the English Reformation became a reality in the lives of these faith communities that experienced it.

The Alchemical Virgin Mary in the Religious and Political Context of the Renaissance explores the survival of Roman Catholic doctrine and visual imagery in the alchemical treatises composed by members of the Lutheran and Anglican confessions during the Renaissance and Early Modern periods. It discusses the reasons for such unexpected confessional survivals in a time of extreme Protestant iconoclasm and religious reform. The book presents an analysis of the manner in which Catholic doctrines concerning the Virgin Mary, the Holy Trinity and the Eucharist were an essential factor in the development of alchemical theory and illustration from the medieval period to the seventeenth century. Additional issues explored here include the role played by alchemy in strengthening the leaders of the European defence against the invading Ottoman Turks. Special consideration is given to the role played by the apocalyptic Mary within alchemical texts and pictures as an emblem of the mercurial quintessence.

Themes of Polemical Theology Across Early Modern Literary Genres spans the early modern period and ranges across literary genres, confessional divides and European borders. It brings together scholars to explore the dynamic and profound ways in which polemical theology, its discourses and codes, interacted with non-theological literary genres in this era. Offering depth as well as breadth, the contributions chart a myriad of intersections between Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran and Reformed polemics and a range of literary types composed in Latin and the vernacular across Europe. Individual essays discuss how genres such as history and poetry often represented a vehicle to promote and validate a particular confessional standpoint. Authors also address the complex relationship between humanism and polemical theology which tends to be radically oversimplified in early modern studies.


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Book of the Month - October 2017 29 September 2017

Our October Book of the Month is The Unity-Based Family: An Empirical Study of Healthy Marriage, Family, and Parenting by H.B. Danesh and Azin Nasseri.


Getting married, forming a family, and parenting are among the most consequential tasks we undertake in our lives. This book is about creating loving and united marriages, nurturing and happy families, and rearing healthy and successful children.

It provides dramatically new concepts and practical strategies on how to achieve these noble objectives in our rapidly changing and challenging world.

Based on current scientific research, original conceptual formulations, and intensive clinical studies, The Unity-Based Family is, at once, groundbreaking, enlightening, helpful, and profound.


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 BOMOCT17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2017.

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


“The Unity-Based Family is a must read for anyone who wants to raise intellectually, emotionally, morally, and spiritually healthy children. As a developmental psychologist, I was particularly attracted to, and edified by, the chapters concerning the dynamics of personal development and parenting. I wish I had had the knowledge and wisdom imparted in this book when I started my family forty years ago! Now, I will settle for using it to help my undergraduate students of developmental psychology understand how to create family unity and why that unity is both the foundation of health and the means of healing for families.”

—Rhett Diessner, Professor of Psychology, Lewis-Clark State College


“Once again, in his characteristic style, Dr H. B. Danesh has achieved a lucidity and beauty in his writing that makes difficult concepts not only easy but also a delight to digest. In reading almost every paragraph, one gets a sense of being nourished and challenged at the same time. I found this book to be both an enlightening and aesthetic experience. As a psychologist and educator who has systematically studied the development of life purpose for more than fifteen years, I have found frameworks in this book that I have yet to find articulated in the same way anywhere else.”

—Jenni Menon Mariano, Associate Professor, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee


“The Unity-Based Family is an inspiring book, demonstrating that unity, once translated into action, will meet most of the personal, interpersonal, and collective challenges faced by humanity today. It deals with the concept of unity in the context of the family as the fundamental unit of society, but this book is not only about the family: it is about our life and how to substantially improve its quality.”

—Julio Savi, MD, Author of A Nest on the Highest Branch: Reflections on Human Success, Prosperity and Happiness


“Dr Danesh is a master at breaking down a complex phenomenon into highly understandable elements. In this book, he brings a wonderful clarity to the challenging issues of marriage and family and, in doing so, raises our vision to the beauty and potential of human life.”

—Brian Kirsh, MD, FRCP (C), Department of Psychiatry, University Health Network, Toronto


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - October 2017 29 September 2017

This October, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Tim Connell has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Tim is Professor Emeritus at City University, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Tim’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2017.


Professor Tim Connell’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Meaning in Translation: Illusion of Precision

Editors: Larisa Ilynska and Marina Platonova.

This volume represents a collection of papers on fundamental and applied research on a wide range of linguistic topics, including terminology standardisation and harmonisation, the pragmatic, semantic and grammatical aspects of meaning in translation, and the translation of sacred, legal, poetic, promotional and scientific and technical texts.

Meaning in Translation: Illusion of Precision covers a multitude of topics, which just go to show that translation is both enjoyable and complex. Topics range from the finer points of scientific translation to contracts involving English and Islamic law, and what the translator needs to do about the contrasts between them. There are also some highly specialised papers on topics such as Creole languages in translation which may be intended for the more expert reader, but which will still be accessible to a wider audience.” 


For further information on Professor Connell, please click here.


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Featured Review – Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean 29 September 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 Aris Petasis’ review of William Mallinson’s book Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean, published in the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. Aris is an independent scholar and strategy consultant based in Cyprus, and authored Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean with Cambridge Scholars in 2016.


"In his illuminating book Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus, William Mallinson employs his background as an academic, historian and former diplomat to produce the latest informative piece of academic work on Kissinger. He decomposes with great care the fictional Henry Kissinger and offers us the information and evidence we need to make up our minds as to the true Kissinger. Though Mallinson refers to what others had said about Kissinger, he relies heavily on evidence, documentation and archival material to make his point. As such, he writes as a true historian using primary material that he painstakingly collected to help us understand Kissinger. Mallinson makes us think whether Kissinger is an insatiable and ruthless egomaniac in search for attention or a man of conscience."

–Aris Petasis, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies


To find out more about Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is available in both hardback and paperback, click here. To read the review in full, click here (requires subscription).

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 marketing@cambridgescholars.com.

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Meet our Authors: Marcienne Martin – September 2017 14 September 2017

Marcienne Martin holds a PhD in Language Sciences and is currently Associate Researcher at the ORACLE Laboratory, based at the University of Reunion Island. She has lectured on onomastics and ICT at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, as well as in Europe and Canada. She is the author of a number of books in French, the most recent of which include Words and Fiction (2015), Le temps minéral (2015), Étude du paria - Brebis galeuse ou enfant prodige? (2015), and La nomination dans l'art : Étude des oeuvres de Mircea Bochis, peintre et sculpteur (2017).

She received a special mention for a Session’s Best Paper at the 7th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics (2016), a conference organised by the International Institute of Informatics and Systemics, for her paper titled The Pseudonym on the Internet: Identity Creation and Space of Freedom, and she has also written articles related to these research areas. Marcienne has participated in several art projects, including MEDIO-MONTE's Socialisation Society (a project of the European Union, created by Romanian artist Mircea Bochis) and FIFE 2014 (French-English Poetry Festival).

Marcienne is a returning author with Cambridge Scholars and has authored two books: A Name To Exist: The Example of the Pseudonym on the Internet (2016) and, more recently, The Pariah in Contemporary Society: A Black Sheep or a Prodigal Child? (2017).


Marcienne explains how she came to publish her first title with Cambridge Scholars and describes the experience:

I chose Cambridge Scholars due to the great interest that this publishing house had in my research, which came to be published in my book ‘A Name To Exist: The Example of the Pseudonym on the Internet’. The research in this book derives from my thesis, the theme of which was articulated around the pseudonym on the internet. I was grateful to the people I communicated with, who responded to any demand concerning the publication itself. My experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars has also allowed me to disseminate my work in a much more important way throughout the world than I had been able to before.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on A Name To Exist: The Example of the Pseudonym on the Internet. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th October 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Andrea Vicini – September 2017 14 September 2017

Dr Andrea Vicini is currently a manager in an industrial company, and has developed relevant professional experience working in international and domestic companies, internal auditing, compliance, risk management and finance control. He is also a member of professional organisations focused on the study of economic and policy questions, such as the Economist Intelligence Unit.

He holds a Master’s in Business Administration and is a member of the Italian Association of Internal Auditors, where he participates in meetings, seminars, and debates on economic and managerial questions, including the development of innovative new technology and start-ups.

In 2015, he obtained a PhD in Economics from the Swiss Management Centre University, where he developed a research project about technology, innovations and employment. He is currently an editorial board member of the International Journal of Energy, Environment and Economics.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Andrea has authored Technological Innovation and the Effect of the Employment on the EU Countries, in which he challenges the old paradigm of ‘innovation means unemployment’, which has dominated the economic debate for centuries.

Andrea explains why he chose to publish a controversial book concerning technological innovation and employment with Cambridge Scholars:

When I was exploring possible publishers for my book proposal, it was especially important that the publisher could demonstrate that they were of a high calibre. Over the last twenty years, due to the diffusion of the internet, there has been an exponential growth in the flow of information available to everyone. However, there has been a corresponding decrease in the quality of knowledge, in relative terms. In the same vein, it is fundamental to have a publisher like Cambridge Scholars Publishing who have a high standard and reputation, who deeply care about the rigour of research and the quality of the book. This is particularly remarkable for authors who are not part of the dominant way of thinking, the so-called mainstream. As such, the publisher’s reputation was an excellent asset to transmitting thoughts and opinions into the global world. After the book was published, my professional contacts multiplied on a global scale, as did the requests I received to participate in research projects, study groups, and think tanks. What I appreciated from Cambridge Scholars Publishing was their professionalism and the attention they provided the author, their objectivity in evaluating the manuscript, and the high standard that they reserve for the author’s work, which is considered to be a scientific book and not a consumer product. All of the aspects described above are vectors of a target which is a genuine diffusion of knowledge.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Technological Innovation and the Effect of the Employment on the EU Countries. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th October 2017.


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International Day of Democracy - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 August 2017

Every year, the International Day of Democracy on 15th September provides an annual opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Universal Declaration on Democracy, intended to be an international standard to guide governments and citizens, and which will be the subject of a panel discussion at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York.

This year's theme of democracy and conflict prevention focuses on the critical need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote peace and stability. The United Nations state that: “A more integrated approach to foster resilient societies calls for effective and inclusive democratic governance with respect for human rights and the rule of law. Resilient societies are able to mitigate disputes through mediation, dialogue and a reasonable degree of legitimacy of their institutions. Developing effective conflict prevention mechanisms and infrastructures provides a foundation to resolve grievances and sustain peace.”

To mark the International Day of Democracy, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling related titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code DEMOCRACY17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd October 2017.

Guardians or Oppressors: Civil-Military Relations and Democratisation in the Mediterranean Region investigates an important phenomenon in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, namely the role that the military plays in the governments of several states of the region. Can military forces be defined as guardians of a regime in a democratic state? How is it possible to limit the power of armies to solely military prerogatives and competences? How can the intervention of military forces in the political arena in democratising countries be prevented? It is easy to ask these questions, but finding answers is more difficult. Using historical events and theories as examples to follow is an even more complicated task. The contributors to this book develop and analyse the reasons why militaries in the Middle East and the Mediterranean wished to obtain a guardianship role and the methods they used to achieve and maintain it. The book also investigates how these militaries reacted to democratisation in their respective countries, and begins with a conceptual framework followed by examples from Spain, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and Iran.

Drawing upon extensive experience of both theoretical and empirical research, according to the Italian school of Political Science, Interests and Stability or Ideologies and Order in Contemporary World Politics provides a holistic assessment of contemporary world politics. It begins by defining concepts such as “world order”, before going on to classify foreign policies into four models of political cultures: namely, the “interests-intensive” conservative; the “ideologies-intensive” liberal, the leftist constructivist, and the leftist Manichean. The volume shows how multipolar and bipolar systems have remained relatively stable, with each main power defending its own interests, yet ultimately not promoting ideas and order. Change periods, however, are instable. Since 2001, Islamic fundamentalism’s threat has prevented both stability and order. Following the Arab Spring, Obama has also abandoned interests-intensive conservative diplomacy, no longer supporting “lesser evils” against “absolute evils”, and waged only “low intensity” wars in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Leadership and the Problem of Electoral Democracy in Africa: Case Studies and Theoretical Solutions explores the notion that African leaders are fundamentally responsible for electoral malfeasance throughout the continent. The quagmire of fixing elections in order to stay in power ad-infinitum has frequently led – and will continue to lead – to political violence, civil wars, internal displacement of citizens, international refugee crises, and economic malaise with its attendant crisis of underdevelopment. This book provides five case studies selected from Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa that illustrate some variations and similarities in the dilemma of electoral democracy in this epoch of Africa’s democratic experiment. It suggests, among other factors, Colin Powell’s and Abraham Lincoln’s theoretical templates as pointers for African political chiefs in their struggle for democratic consolidation – a successful move that could advance national legitimacy and political stability critical for impressive development in this millennium.

In the wake of the popular uprisings that have inflamed the region, beginning in Tunisia in December 2010, a drastic reorganisation of their respective state systems is coming into focus in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Though their paths do not run along parallel lines, they share a common denominator: the determination of their people to become the masters of their destinies, and to do so by grappling with new forms of democracy. Almost five years later, after their rulers became the target of violent mass protests, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya are going through an exceptionally difficult transition, trying to accommodate their nascent constitutional forms to the new forces inspired by the Arab Spring. Responding to changes in the global and regional environment these forces have interacted in complex ways, as evidenced by their impact on the social, cultural, and political life of the states comprised in North African Societies after the Arab Spring: Between Democracy and Islamic Awakening.


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Book of the Month - September 2017 31 August 2017

Our September Book of the Month is Laughter and War: Humorous-Satirical Magazines in Britain, France, Germany and Russia 1914–1918 by Lesley Milne.

War is no laughing matter. During a war, however, laughter can play a vital role in sustaining morale, both in the armies at the Front and in their homelands. Among wars, the 1914–18 conflict has left a haunting legacy, and remains a central topic in modern European history. This book offers a comparative study of the impact of the war in four countries, and breaks new ground by exploring this through the medium of what their respective populations laughed at. By searching the pages of four humorous-satirical magazines, Punch in the UK, Le Rire (France), Simplicissimus (Germany), and Novy Satirikon (Russia), all of which supported the national war efforts, it examines the ways in which humour made an important contribution to the propaganda war. All four magazines were famous for their cartoons, a selection of which is included, but much of the humour was expressed through the written word, in skits, squibs, comic tales, and light verse. Translated into English, these snapshots of the moment are brought together to chart the responses on both sides of the conflict to issues and unfolding events, identifying the stories that nations liked to tell about themselves and also the ones they liked to be told.


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 BOMSEP17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd October 2017.

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


“[T]his book must be complimented for its vast array of commentary and analysis. Milne has undertaken a massive task in making a comparative analysis of the four nations by focusing on one of each of their important satirical comic journals. A great deal of material and themes are covered, and this perhaps explains the author’s foreword that it was a book ‘a long time in the making’. [...] [T]he achievements of the volume in providing a detailed, interesting and clear comparison of humour across the combatant nations is clear and significant.”

—Pip Gregory, University of Kent; Reviews in History


“The major strength of this work is the variety of sources positioned in transnational comparison. It also includes a number of reproductions of the images used in these wartime publications, including a number of beautiful color plates. As such, it provides a very valuable resource, a kind of compendium of published humor related to the war and its peripheral effects, especially for individuals who do not have command of the requisite languages. [...] The book is a welcome addition to the growing field of cultural studies of the war and is particularly valuable for its transnational approach.”

—Laurie Stoff, Arizona State University; The Russian Review


“There are many small delights in Lesley Milne's book, of fine satirical material to gladden the connoisseur's heart. [...] The verbal snapshots, jokes, sketches, cartoons, caricatures and comic verse from all four nations are undeniably witty, but now feel desperately sad.”

—Kate Macdonald, Visiting Fellow, University of Reading; Times Higher Education


“[This] is in every way an original and fresh contribution to the abundant literature on the First World War.”

—Anthony Cross, Professor Emeritus of Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge; Journal of European Studies


“This book stands out as a highly original piece of historical research. [...] Anyone embarking on a study of what is still sometimes called the Great War will not want to be without it.”

—Tony Mason, Professor Emeritus, International Centre for Sport History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester


“... a splendid book ... wise in its judgements and sparklingly written ... a terrific achievement.”

—Trevor Royle, Military historian


“Lesley Milne’s comprehensive and well-structured compendium of First World War satirical publications is broadly researched and draws on an excellent corpus of primary sources, material from which is used effectively and convincingly throughout. [...] [A] great strength lies precisely in [the author's] teasing out of the key differences in satirical representation, not only across the Allied-Germany divide, but also between attitudes in the Russian, British and French magazines. Overall, given this ‘separative’ discussion, she succeeds in achieving a nuanced and worthwhile analysis.”

—Philippa Read, University of Leeds; The Humorous Times


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