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

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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.

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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.”

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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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Kantian Questions - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 August 2017

As part of our commitment to showcasing the best collections of academic research and writing, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is delighted to be featuring another well-established and successful series this month. We recognise the growing demand for leading-edge, peer-reviewed research amongst our author community, and are eager to develop and promote both new and existing series.

The goal of Kantian Questions is to publish original work on any topic of Kantian scholarship, as well as contemporary debates that bear the imprint of Kant’s thought. The series is published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing and comprises monographs, anthologies and translations, as well as the collection Rethinking Kant, which publishes papers presented at the different Study Groups of the North American Kant Society. Kantian Questions offers a new publishing venue of the highest quality and is attractive to scholars who want to reach, with the possibility of paperback editions, a readership of specialists and non-specialists alike.

The next issue of Kantian Questions (Volume 5) is under contract and is due to be published in 2018.

Series editor Pablo Muchnik explains the importance of Kantian Questions:

“I started the series in 2012, attentive to a growing need among Kant scholars to break loose from the monopoly that a handful of traditional publishers have on the field. To “open the gates” to the new wave of philosophical talent and preserve the excellence of our volumes, I assembled a prestigious Advisory Board and set up a double-blind review process to evaluate proposals and manuscripts.

“We work closely with authors at every step of the way, in a rigorous but constructive and friendly manner. Since the inception of the series, we have published 4 issues of Rethinking Kant and a translation of an influential book on Kant’s theoretical philosophy (Kant’s B Deduction).”

For any enquiries regarding publishing your manuscript with Kantian Questions, please contact the editor at

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - September 2017 31 August 2017

This September, our Editorial Advisory Board chair Professor David Weir has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. David, who is currently Visiting Professor at York St John University, has had an extraordinarily successful academic career which has included leading four university Business Schools and initiating the very first part-time executive MBA in a University business school at Glasgow University in the United Kingdom.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on David’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 2nd October 2017.

Professor David Weir’s ‘Recommended Read’:

A Clinical Guide to Organisational Health: Diagnosing and Managing the Condition of an Enterprise

Author: C.M. Dean.

Popular organisational health checks generally focus on a company’s financial status and its ability to compete in the market. This book accepts the similarity between the functioning of living organisms and organisations as proposed by functionalists.

This book could with benefit be read alongside Oleg Konavolov’s Organisational Anatomy which starts from similar conception of the organisation in biological terms. Dean’s book explicitly addresses organisational issues from the standpoint of an informed clinician. The framework incorporates the notions of organisational functions divided into those supporting survival, protection, operations, information, communication and strategy and concluding with advice on achieving and maintaining organisational health and fitness for withstanding competition. It concludes with an Organisational Health checklist that will be valuable for managers and consultants. There is sound and constructive commentary on organisational and individual wellbeing. The boxed case studies and information summaries aid the reader’s journey through this new territory.” 

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Meet our Authors: Ron D. Petitte – August 2017 14 August 2017

Ron D. Petitte serves as Dean of the Honors Institute at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, USA, which includes the Center for Leadership & Justice and the Center for Undergraduate Research. Ron is also a tenured, full professor of Politics and Government, at Bryan College. A retired U.S. Army Colonel and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), he served as a technical advisor for 20th Century Fox on the Academy Award-winning film, Patton.

He took his Master’s and doctorate at Central Michigan and Golden Gate Universities, USA, respectively. Ron is a recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal, awarded by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Selected as Teacher of the Year by Bryan College and recognised with dual awards for his teaching abilities by the American Political Science Association and the National Political Science Honor Society, Dr Petitte was recently chosen as Scholar of the Year by Bryan College, for Civilization at Risk: Seeds of Strife. His doctoral dissertation, One Hundred Years of Leadership in Administration, was selected for inclusion in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as well as the George C. Marshall Research Library.

Ron published Civilization at Risk: Seeds of Strife, his first book with Cambridge Scholars, in 2013, and which was described as “a profound wake-up call to the horrible worldwide reality of human trafficking, particularly as it affects women and girls” by Judge Bruce J. Einhorn, Professor of Law at Pepperdine University, USA. The follow-up, Civilization at Risk: Seeds of War, was published in 2016, and is a “must-read” according to a retired Detective Inspector at New Scotland Yard’s Human Trafficking Team.

Ron explains his reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

It is an honour to share with fellow authors why I consider Cambridge Scholars Publishing the premier academic publishing house in the world, today. Cambridge Scholars is willing to take risks in giving first time authors an opportunity to publish; moreover, they are willing to extend such risks to subject matter. A case in point, if I may. Other than a myriad of conference papers, to include three sessions of the Oxford Round Table, and a few essays, I had yet to write a book. I had been writing and speaking in the area of countering human trafficking, a cause I feel passionate about, but one which was not in the mainstream of academic inquiry, let alone scholarly research. Nevertheless, I proposed to develop a manuscript on this very subject.

My proposal was met with open-minded interest; and, encouragement was forthcoming from the initial series of conversations. Civilization at Risk: Seeds of Strife was published in 2013, and Civilization at Risk: Seeds of War followed in 2016. But, after much soul searching, I made the decision not to continue to write on this subject and informed Cambridge Scholars, accordingly. I was virtually certain this was the end of my relationship with Cambridge Scholars; but, not only was I invited to continue to write for them, the ideas I shared for two more books were welcomed, even though I allowed that I would not be able to begin such work until next year. Their response could not have been more supportive. When one is published by Cambridge Scholars, it is akin to coming into a family. Cambridge Scholars has a vision for scholarly research that reaches around the world. I am honoured to be part of this global vision.

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Meet our Authors: Dimitrios Kassis – August 2017 14 August 2017

Dimitrios Kassis holds a PhD from the Faculty of English Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His doctoral thesis was entitled Representations of the North in Victorian Travel Literature, published in 2015. He has received a Master’s degree in Education Studies (with Distinction) from Roehampton University in London. In addition, he holds a Master’s degree in Translation Studies from the Department of French Language and Literature of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He speaks 16 foreign languages and his academic interests are connected with travel literature, translation and language studies. He is currently working as an English teacher in the public sector.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Dimitrios has authored Representations of the North in Victorian Travel Literature – “a valuable contribution to the areas of travel criticism as well as Victorian Studies”, according to Professor Efterpi Mitsi – and Icelandic Utopia in Victorian Travel Literature, before publishing American Travellers in Scandinavia earlier this year.

Dimitrios, described as “a genuine expert in the field” by Professor Nóra Séllei, explains why he has returned to publish on three occasions with us:

With regard to my experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars, I have already published three monographs: my dissertation, which is entitled Representations of the North in Victorian Travel Literature (2015), as well as the monographs Icelandic Utopia in Victorian Travel Literature (2016) and American Travellers in Scandinavia (2017). The publishing process has met my expectations and I should stress how satisfied I have been with the overall outcome. I can, therefore, strongly recommend this publishing company to all junior researchers who aspire to have their work published, given that their work will be treated with the utmost care and respect for high quality standards.”

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Ancient Rome in the Era of Trajan - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 July 2017

This August, Cambridge Scholars is marking the 1900th anniversary of the death of the Roman emperor Trajan. Trajan was the first of Rome’s emperors to have been born outside Italy (in Spain) and under whom the empire reached its greatest extent before his death in August 117 CE. In his biography of the Spanish-born emperor, Dr Julian Bennett writes that “to Trajan … belongs the praise for bringing the developing principate to its zenith, and the embryonic imperium to its nascence.”

Academic scholarship on the ancient world is continually evolving, and to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of the death of Trajan, we are pleased to offer our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our newest studies on the Roman empire. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code TRAJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2017.

The “spatial turn” of the 1990s has inspired many academics to re-evaluate the importance of space and time within their own disciplines and to engage in productive dialogue with other disciplines whose spatial focus intersects with their own. Close Relations: Spaces of Greek and Roman Theatre applies insights and approaches generated by the “spatial turn” to Greek and Roman theatre. The title evokes the “close relations” that exist between the many aspects and notions of space-time and their complex interweaving, between the disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches that are needed to understand complex spatial phenomena, between notions of space in general and those of theatrical space, and between Greek and Roman theatre as it existed in antiquity and as it has been “received,” interpreted, and transformed throughout history ever since.

Insularity, Identity and Epigraphy in the Roman World explores the subject of islands, their essence and identity, their isolation and their relationships in the Ancient world. It investigates Greek and Roman concepts of insularity, and their practical consequences for the political, economic and social life of the Empire. The contributions examine whether being related to an island was an externally or internally distinctive feature, and whether a tension between insularity and globalisation can be detected in this period. The book also looks at whether there is an insular material culture, an island-based approach to sacredness, or an island-based category of epigraphy.

Questions on identity have been often the main focus of Classical Studies. The starting point of Self-Presentation and Identity in the Roman World is that identity is not a monolithic idea. Instead of exploring what exactly ‘identity’ is, the contributors here examine how the concept of ‘self-presentation’ can facilitate our understanding of how individuals present their identities. Moreover, the interpretation of the means and character of this self-presentation itself enables more general conclusions to be drawn. Topics covered in this volume include identities shaped through the self-presentation of authors in Latin literature, and explorations on epigraphy and historical analyses. Overall, using the theme of self-presentation, the contributors offer a glimpse into various subjects and suggest new ways for students and scholars to approach the different forms of individual and communal identities.

Varius is the nomen of the Roman emperor misnamed Elagabalus or Heliogabalus. These are names of the Syrian sun god Elagabal, whose high priest Varius was while emperor. There is no evidence that he was ever so called when alive. Thus named, his posthumous legendary or mythical avatar thrives, in academic prose and popular imagination, as a Semitic monster of cruelty, depravity, fanaticism, mockery and extravagance. Recently, this monster has metamorphosed into an anarchist saint and martyr of gay liberation. Varian Studies Volume One: Varius explores the historical individual behind Elagabalus and Heliogabalus and serves to rescue Varius for history from eighteen centuries spent in fantasy and fiction.

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