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Winter Solstice - Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This December, join Cambridge Scholars Publishing in marking the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Marking the longest night and shortest day of the year, on the 21st of December the pendulum of light will begin to swing back the other way, as the nights begin again to get shorter and the days start to stretch out.

Culturally and historically, the Winter Solstice is more significant than a mere astrological phenomenon. From Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements such as Stonehenge to mystical pagan festivals like Yuletide, it has long held a fervent hold over the imaginations of peoples and societies from the dawn of time to the present. To mark the Solstice, we will be offering a 50% discount on some of our most recent titles connected to the Winter and the Northern Hemisphere, from titles on education in Iceland to stories of Arctic offshore engineering.

To redeem your discount please enter the promotional code WINTER18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 1st of January 2019.


Less tangible than melting polar glaciers or the changing social conditions in northern societies, the modern Arctic represented in writings, visual images and films has to a large extent been neglected in scholarship and policy-making. However, the modern Arctic is a not only a natural environment dramatically impacted by human activities. It is also an incongruous amalgamation of exoticized indigenous tradition and a mundane everyday. The chapters in Arctic Modernities examine the modern Arctic from all these perspectives. They demonstrate to what extent the processes of modernization have changed the discursive signification of the Arctic. They also investigate the extent to which the traditions of heroic Arctic images – whether these traditions are affirmed, contested or repudiated – have continued to shape, influence and inform modern discourses.

The educational systems of the Nordic countries are based on a common set of fundamental values, such as democracy, social justice and inclusion. However, when it comes to the treatment of diversity, especially in education, many issues remain unresolved. Icelandic Studies on Diversity and Social Justice in Education presents Icelandic research on the challenges and opportunities of diversity in education at several levels, including preschool, primary, secondary, vocational and higher education in Iceland. The chapters shed light on school experiences of students and parents of immigrant or refugee background and their teachers, and explore attitudes and values of young people with regards to diversity, human rights and multicultural society. While set in the Icelandic context, this volume will serve to contribute to current global discussions on diversity and social justice in education.

In the early 1970s, new technology was needed to aid in coal, oil and gas exploration in the High Arctic, in order to see if ice sheets could provide a perfect structural support for roadways, airstrips and drilling platforms housing hundreds of workers. However, little engineering experience was available in this regard. The Story of Offshore Arctic Engineering uniquely relates the human history and the technical innovations developed in this harsh environment through research, testing, and applying many existing engineering principles to ice structure analysis. It offers essential insights into the history of ice engineering for designers, university educators and postgraduate students. While other studies detail research and testing in the laboratory, this text relates the testing, development, construction and use of ice in real construction conditions. 

The descriptions of the weather in medieval Icelandic sagas have long been considered unimportant, mere adjuncts to the action. This is not true: the way the weather is depicted can give us an insight into the minds of medieval Icelanders. The first part of The Weather in the Icelandic Sagas illustrates how the Christian world-view of authors of the twelfth to fourteenth centuries influenced their descriptions of meteorological conditions in earlier times. The second part is more literary in approach. It points out the formulaic nature of descriptions of storms, and shows how references to the weather help to structure the narrative in some sagas. It also demonstrates how medieval Icelandic attitudes to the weather affect the portrayal of the hero.


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