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Celebrating Europe Day - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 April 2015

Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity (Robert Schuman, 9th May, 1950).

This month, building on our support for the Ukraine Emergency Appeal in April, we are pleased to support Europe Day on 9th May, the European Union’s annual celebration of continental unity. The day also commemorates the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, a key event in the creation of a united Europe. This year, Europe Day focuses on the theme of ‘Europe in the World’. The recent tragedies in the Mediterranean have once more brought the hazardous risks that migrants take to reach European shores to light, reopening the question of what a united Europe can do to stimulate development and growth in Africa – the resolution of which Schuman himself named as an essential task.


Europe Day celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date itself marks the anniversary of the historic ‘Schuman declaration’. At a speech in Paris in 1950, the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe.

On Saturday 9th May, the European Institutions will open their doors to the general public and invite them to celebrate Europe Day and to mark the 65th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.

Thousands of people will celebrate the day as they take part in lectures, debates, film festivals and other activities for all ages which are organised across the globe. Find out what events are taking place near you by clicking here.

To mark Europe Day and the 65th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles on Europe and the provision of aid towards Africa. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

Aid to developing countries started well before World War II, but was undertaken as an ad hoc activity or was delivered by private organizations. This changed after the War. In his Inaugural Address in 1949, the American President, Harry Truman, announced a “bold new programme for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped nations”. At the time, it was thought that this support would be needed only for a limited number of years, but reality proved to be different. Since the Fifties, the form of aid has changed from projects to programmes and budget support. Describing the different aid forms of the last 65 years and analysing why aid changed from time to time are the subjects of this book. Professionals and students will benefit from studying this history.

The central aim of this book is to define the approach of EU development policy regarding Africa since the end of the Cold War. It focuses on its impact on the domain of international development and the objective of the EU to become a prominent international actor. It argues that EU development policy is currently a general projection of the normative structure of international development, specifically regarding the policy orientation of its identified agents. As a result, the book contends that the EU fell short in its efforts to export its form of ‘paradise’ to Africa since the end of the Cold War, as a corollary of its limitations to stand as a distinct and leading actor in the domain of international development.

This title looks at the causes and consequences of the crisis in the Eurozone, with a special emphasis on the implications of new European Monetary Union members, and those countries that are not yet members. The contributors investigate the question of whether Europe can resume its role as a growth and convergence engine, and issues including growth, macro-stabilization, and employment come to the fore. Thought-provoking questions are asked, such as how we can change the EU budget to make it more effective, and whether Europe can learn the lessons from the two lost decades in Japan. This is an invaluable collection, particularly for readers with an interest in the political economy of crisis and reform in Europe, though researchers and decision-makers in the political and corporate worlds will also benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of the papers

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EUROPE15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May, 2015.

To find out more about Europe Day, please click here.

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Professor Charles Harvey Joins Cambridge Scholars Publishing’s Editorial Advisory Board 29 April 2015

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is delighted to welcome Charles Harvey, Professor of Business History and Management at Newcastle University, to our Editorial Advisory Board. Charles brings a wealth of experience not only from the academic world, but also from serving on several boards in the public and private sectors, and will provide invaluable assistance in helping the board guide our commissioning focus.

Charles has had a long career combining academic leadership roles with research and writing on topics within the fields of strategy, organization studies and international business. Before moving to Newcastle as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (2008-14), Professor Harvey served as Dean of Strathclyde Business School (2005-08), Dean of Bristol Business School (1999-2005), and Director of Royal Holloway School of Management (1990-99). Along the way, he has worked closely with numerous blue-chip companies, including IBM, JP Morgan Asset Management, Airbus Industries, Bombardier Transportation, and J Sainsbury.

Charles explains his motivation for joining the Editorial Advisory Board:

“I feel honoured to have been asked to join the Cambridge Scholars Advisory Board. The timely publication of good research is fundamental to academic life. I am impressed by the facility shown by Cambridge Scholars to work with authors to bring out the best in their work.

Helping develop further this innovative collaborative approach will, I am sure, be a source of great pleasure and professional pride in years ahead”.

To find out more about Professor Charles Harvey, please click here.

For more information about the members of our Editorial Advisory Board, click here.

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Book of the Month - May 2015 29 April 2015

Our May ‘Book of the Month’ is ‘Stirring Age: Scott, Byron and the Historical Romance’ by Robert Duncan McColl.

Comparisons of Scott and Byron, so natural to 19th century readers, are scarce nowadays. Using a variety of critical and philosophical vocabularies, this study provides a timely and original study of two giants of 19th century European literature engaged in an experimental, mutually-informing act of genre-splicing, seeking to return history and romance to what both perceived was their native complementarity.

The book shows how both writers utilise historical examples to suggest the continuing relevance of romance models, and how they confront threats to that relevance, whether they derive from the linear conception of history or the ‘romantic’ misapprehension of it. The argument proceeds by examining those threats, and then weighing the revival of romance via, rather than contra, the historical.

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 BOMMAY15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May 2015.

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

“This is a timely book. ‘Wordsworth and Coleridge’, ‘Keats and Shelley’ trip off the tongue easily, but the little explored relationship between Scott and Byron was as deep and more productive. McColl concentrates rightly on their holding together the different modalities of history and fiction as fundamental to their art and their view of life. It is fundamental, too, to properly understanding what we have come to call ‘Romanticism’, which is too often seen only as fostering the ideology of Imagination. This book needs to be read.”

—Bernard Beatty, Senior Fellow, School of English, University of Liverpool; Associate Fellow, St Andrews’ School of Divinity; Former Editor of The Byron Journal

“Robert McColl shows how Scott is neither evading significance, as the poststructuralists would have it, nor escaping from history, as the Romance school believes. Judicious use of Northrop Frye, Jerome Christensen, Ian Duncan, Susan Oliver, and other critics, makes McColl’s study a timely intervention concerning the relationship between Walter Scott and Lord Byron. His account of Scott and Byron’s use of anecdote is particularly suggestive, for he notes how they used narrative detail (unlike “talkers” such as Robert Southey) to gain insight into “this stirring age” (both their own and the “age” in which they set their fictions).”

—Professor Jonathan Gross, DePaul University; Joint President, International Association of Byron Societies

“Byron and Scott admired, borrowed and echoed each other’s work, yet their literary relationship is a little worked-on area. Stirring Age goes a long and wonderful way to fill the gap. Among much that Scott and Byron had in common was their juxtaposition of history and romance, which is the focus of Rob McColl’s excellent book. ‘Crucial to the historical romance which Scott initiates and Byron develops is the importance of the recent past, itself reflected in both writers’ admiration for Augustan writers and their conscious development of a continuing literary tradition.’ Lucidly written, rich with insight and knowledge, Stirring Age will appeal to scholars and general readers alike.”

—Shobhana Bhattacharji, Visiting Professor, ICCR Chair, Ryukoku University, Japan; editor of The Heart of Mid-Lothian (Penguin, 2009)

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - May 2015 29 April 2015

This May, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Terri Apter has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Dr Terri Apter is a psychologist and writer, and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. Her research focuses on family dynamics – between parents and children at various stages of development, among siblings, and between families connected by marriage.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Terri’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAY15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May 2015.

Dr Terri Apter’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Innovative Practice and Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Psychosocial Difficulties and Disabilities

Editors: Elias Kourkoutas & Angie Hart

“A surprisingly high proportion of young people—estimates range from 20 to 38 per cent—are in need of some intervention for psychological, behavioural or educational problems. There is a pressing need to model the variety of different psychosocial difficulties and disabilities to take into account how young people experience their conditions, how families respond (and how these responses affect the child or adolescent), and how teachers’ attitudes and behaviour might facilitate development.

Innovative Practice and Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Psychosocial Difficulties and Disabilities brings together approaches from high-ranking academics and practitioners from diverse countries, including Europe, America, the Middle East and Australia. As can be expected, there is not one model or one set of proposals, but the contributors share the mission to take a holistic view of disabilities and disorders, and to provide theoretical frameworks that can facilitate education and development within mainstream structures. This is an impressive and valuable contribution to an important field.”

For further information on Dr Terri Apter, please click here.

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Biohistory - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 17 April 2015

This April, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of Biohistory by Dr Jim Penman, an innovative, new scientific theory that explores the biological and behavioural underpinnings of social change, including the rise and fall of civilisations.

Informed by significant research into the physiological basis of behaviour, Biohistory examines how a complex interplay between culture and biology has shaped civilisations from the Roman Empire to the present day.

Penman proposes that historical changes are driven by variations in the prevailing temperament of populations, based on physiological mechanisms that adapt animal behaviour to changing food conditions. Biohistory details the history of human society by mapping the effects of these epigenetic changes on cultures, and on historical tipping points, such as wars and revolutions. Furthermore, it shows how laboratory studies can be used to explain broad social and economic changes, including the fortunes of entire civilizations.

The author’s startling conclusion is that the West is in a state of decline and collapse, but hope may lie with the biological sciences. Drawing on the disciplines of history, biology, anthropology and economics, Biohistory is the first theory of society that can be tested with some rigour in the laboratory. It explains how environment, cultural values and childrearing patterns determine whether societies prosper or collapse, and how social change can be both predicted—and potentially modified—through biochemistry.

For more information about Biohistory, watch the introductory documentary below. Further video content will become available over the coming weeks.

Dr Jim Penman received his PhD in History from La Trobe University, Australia. His doctorate integrated broad historical changes with cross-cultural anthropology and aspects of animal behaviour.

To date, Dr Penman has co-authored ten peer-reviewed papers in leading journals including Behavioral Brain Research and Physiology and Behavior. Findings so far include a method of dramatically improving the maternal behaviour of rats, with far-reaching effects on offspring. These studies also make clear that the observed patterns are epigenetic in origin, supporting Biohistory’s broader social and historical observations.

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.

We are offering all our readers a 20% discount on this innovative new title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BIOHISTORY15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 20th May, 2015.

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

“The most powerful books tend to challenge common wisdom and widespread beliefs. Jim Penman does that in this volume.”

—Dr Steven A. Peterson, Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and Director of the School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg

“A theory which only the unwise will ignore.”

—Dr Michael T. McGuire, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, University of California at Los Angeles

“If a fraction of the argument presented […] is borne out, it will shatter mainstream political science and grand history.”

—Dr Frank Salter, Principal, Social Technologies Pty Ltd; Senior Fellow, International Strategic Studies Association

“Biohistory surpasses all existing efforts to explain the major patterns of human history both in originality and scientific potential”

—Dr Ricardo Duchesne, Department of Social Science, University of New Brunswick Saint John

Biohistory by Dr Jim Penman is available now, priced £29.99/$49.95. For more information visit

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