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World Press Freedom Day - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 28 April 2017

Join us this month in celebrating World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May. Every year, 3rd May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom: to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

This international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence. UNESCO leads the worldwide celebrations by identifying the global thematic and organising the main event in different parts of the world every year.

At a time described by some as critical for journalism, World Press Freedom Day 2017 will focus on why it is vital to strengthen free and quality journalism. Under this year’s theme, ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies’, topics including freedom of expression, justice for all and the rule of law, peace, and inclusiveness will be explored.

To mark World Press Freedom Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles on journalism and the media. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code PRESS17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May 2017.

Agency in the British Press: A Corpus-based Discourse Analysis of the 2011 UK Riots examines the ways in which the 2011 UK riots were reported by the British press, by analysing the linguistic construal of the main participants involved in the protests and their agency. Starting from the assumption that newspapers do not just mirror reality, but rather construct it in discourse through a series of linguistic, stylistic and editorial choices, great attention is paid to how the events were portrayed according to different political, social and cultural stances. Since the linguistic labels employed by the newspapers to identify (and connote) the protagonists of the riots are indicative of their ideological positions, such critical attention to the specialised language of the press proves to be extremely noteworthy. In this regard, investigating the extent to which the media manage or fail to account for the issues that are at the heart of such violent protests, while shaping public opinions, represents an interesting and rewarding endeavour.

In a democratic political system, the media is often entrusted with the responsibility of guarding the rights of the people. As such, it is essential to critically look at its role and functions in our present socio-political context. Problems and Perspectives of the Relationship between the Media and Human Rights represents a comprehensive analysis of the following core issues: the role of the media in educating, protecting and promoting human rights; the challenges facing the media and human rights; human rights reporting and coverage; and the media’s role during violations of human rights, especially with regards to women. The book also contains suggestions and measures to increase awareness on human rights. Furthermore, it discusses the existing discourse of human rights and the media in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Reporting the Attacks on Dubrovnik in 1991, and the Recognition of Croatia provides a combined scientific and practical overview of the role of the media and journalists during the attack on Dubrovnik in autumn 1991 by the federal army (JNA) and Montenegrin reservists. This book represents a primary source of information about the propaganda war waged during the conflict between Croatia and Serbia in 1991, because some of the contributors were practical journalists and ministers during the events of that year. The book is structured in three parts: global media, international relations, and strategic communication during wartime; the example of Dubrovnik, and the practices of wartime reporting from the Dubrovnik area; and media analysis on the subject of war in Dubrovnik and Croatia.

The History of U.S. Information Control in Post-War Germany: The Past Imperfect introduces the reader to the Information Control Division (ICD), which was preparing an antidote to 12 years of National Socialist propaganda in the American Zone. This was to be a steady diet of carefully selected bits of information that were calculated to change the way the German people understood the world. It was designed to transform the Germans into staunch defenders of democracy. In addition to providing the first historical overview of the activities of the ICD and the methods they employed, the book offers a unique perspective on how the US occupation utilised psychologists, psychiatrists, anthropologists, sociologists and other academics to vet potential candidates for media licenses in Germany. The narrative takes the reader through the various steps of the process of becoming a literary publisher, newspaperman, magazine editor, radio programmer, and filmmakers, and reveals how the American Military Government in Germany used the establishment of new media empires to attempt the mass re-education of an entire nation.

To find out more about World Press Freedom Day, please click here.

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Book of the Month - May 2017 28 April 2017

Our May Book of the Month is Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean by William Mallinson.

Can Henry Kissinger be described as a serious statesman who altered the course of relations between states? Or was he a shallow impersonator of those whom he admired, and a geopolitical engineer who treated people as collateral fodder, reducing morality to the status of a strategic and tactical tool?

Using the story of Kissinger’s behaviour over Cyprus, backed up by recently revealed government documents, many critical, William Mallinson, former diplomat and leading authority on Cyprus’ history, provides an incisive analysis and evaluation of Kissinger’s approach, revealing a man who appears to have considered political strategy more important than law and ethics.

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 BOMMAY17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May 2017.

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

“With a wealth of diplomatic experience and scholarly depth, William Mallinson offers readers a fascinating account of Henry Kissinger’s neglected and typically unscrupulous role in shaping a pro-Turkish geopolitical outcome to the Cyprus conflict that reached crisis levels back in 1974.”

—Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law, Princeton University

“William Mallinson does a great job by combining a thorough analysis of one of the most influential and controversial figures in international relations during the Cold War era with masterful research of the geopolitical turmoil in the Eastern Mediterranean. Through the lens of battling interests in one of the most politically and historically complicated regions in Europe, and even the world, Dr Mallinson goes deeper than just another sketch on the history of international relations; he digs into behavioural attitudes of grand strategists, making us wonder what are objective truths in global politics, how decisions are made and decision-makers are chosen, and whether any place is left for the conventional understanding of diplomacy.”

—Pavel Kanevskiy, Professor of Political Science; Associate Dean, Faculty of Sociology, Lomonosov Moscow State University

“It will have to be read by all those interested in either Kissinger’s reputation or the details of how the Cyprus crisis of 1974 was resolved.”

—Alan Sked, Emeritus Professor of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science

“William Mallinson has produced an excellently written and documented book that provides us with never-before-published information on the intricacies concerning the Cyprus question, particularly during the period before, during and after the invasion of the island by Turkey in 1974. The role of the UK and of the USA on Cyprus is well defined and the manipulation of historical facts by Henry Kissinger is proven by juxtaposing official documents with Kissinger’s writings and explanations. Mallinson’s book is an important contribution to the history of that period, but is also relevant to understanding today’s decision-making processes in international relations.”

—Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, Ambassador of Greece ad honorem

“Nothing and nobody can escape Mallinson's courageous and detailed research on the Eastern Mediterranean. He tears away the politically correct agenda surrounding Cyprus and Kissinger. The book is a marvellous indictment of Kissinger's cheerleaders and their humbug on Cyprus. I should tell them: read it, if you dare!”

—Professor Vassilis K. Fouskas, University of East London; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies

“At a time when talks on the Cyprus issue have recommenced, and the Eastern Mediterranean is once again at the epicentre of turmoil, William Mallinson’s “Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus” is a stimulating contribution to the discussion on the region. [...] Mallinson ... paints as detailed a picture as possible of the climate, the plots and the machinations before and after the invasions. And one of the book’s main attractions lies in the author’s ability to weave together the politics of the Kissinger era with today’s Cyprus question.”

Charalampos Tsitsopoulos,, 30.04.2017

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Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 28 April 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 Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics (PSMLM) is now a well-established series and will appeal to an international readership interested in metaphysics and philosophy more generally. The series collects original materials presented at sessions sponsored by the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, which was founded in 2000 in order to recover the profound metaphysical insights of medieval thinkers for our own philosophical thought. 13 volumes have been published to date, and volumes 14-16 (provisionally titled Self Knowledge in Medieval Philosophy; Hylomorphism and Mereology; and The Convertibility of Being and Goodness) are due to be published during the next 18 months.

The Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics was founded with the aim of fostering collaboration and research based on the recognition that recovering the profound metaphysical insights of medieval thinkers for our own philosophical thought is highly desirable, and, despite the vast conceptual changes in the intervening period, is still possible. However, this recovery is only possible if we carefully reflect on the logical framework in which those insights were articulated, given the paradigmatic differences between medieval and modern logical theories.

Jorge J. E. Gracia, Distinguished Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, describes the PSMLM as an “indispensable tool” for researchers:

“In the past ten years, the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics has established a unique presence in both philosophy and medieval studies. By providing a venue for the discussion and publication of original philosophical and historiographical studies on the metaphysical insights of medieval authors from a logical perspective, it has opened a heretofore unexploited and much welcome niche of research. Now the discussions and contributions it has facilitated over the years are finally being printed and made available to the philosophical community at large. This is an important event for both philosophers and historians of medieval thought that will have significant repercussions in years to come. The publication of the proceedings of the society should become an indispensable tool for the research on and the study of medieval philosophy.”

Fabrizio Amerini, Professor of History of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Parma, praises every paper contained in the proceedings for making “a significant contribution based on absolutely original research”:

“The Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics is an extremely important network for the study of medieval philosophy. Every paper represents a significant contribution based on absolutely original research that meets a very high standard. All the papers actually promote insightful analysis of medieval texts and thought-provoking discussion of philosophical topics. Each volume ideally has a monographic structure, collecting articles that revolve around a main theme; at times some of them even incorporate typically ‘medieval’ elements of philosophical disputation, having an article where a scholar takes an original stance, followed by another scholar’s reply and the author’s counter-reply. When they are present, such philosophical discussions are highly stimulating and permit the reader to obtain a profound and argument-based understanding of the topic under investigation. The publication of all the contributions of the volumes (or of possibly modified versions of them) is really welcome.”

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering our readers a 50% discount on the titles in the Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics series. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SERIES15 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May 2017.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - May 2017 28 April 2017

This May, 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 EABMAY17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May 2017.

Professor David Weir’s  ‘Recommended Read’:

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Poverty Reduction in Africa: Strategic Management Perspective

Authors: Aminu Mamman, Abdul M. Kanu, Ameen Alharbi, Nabil Baydoun.

This volume addresses the vital question of why the millions of dollars of governments’ and international development interventions in the SMEs sector are yet to deliver significant and sustainable employment and poverty reduction in Africa. The book also addresses the questions of how the SMEs sector can help in the eradication of poverty in Africa, and of what policy makers, SMEs operators, would-be entrepreneurs and trainers can do to contribute to poverty reduction through the SMEs sector.

The dedication page is important in contextualising this significant book by establishing the continuing importance of family bonds in the economic cultures of Africa and the theme is reinforced by the emphasis on starting with what is and what needs to be in the needs of African entrepreneurs. So there is an emphasis on cultural issues and the urgent necessity to move beyond what the authors characterise as “spiritual poverty”. The authors understand the linkages between individual ambitions, spirituality and economic frameworks and call for going beyond the technical skills and operational and tactical supports for business development to provide the foundations for revised strategies of development to incorporate the storytelling of entrepreneurial success with the societal aim of reducing poverty. This valuable book is grounded in the empirical social and cultural realities of a rapidly-developing Africa.” 

For further information on Professor Weir, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Silvia Baučeková – April 2017 13 April 2017

Silvia Rosivalová Baučeková is Assistant Professor at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia. As a PhD candidate, she participated in a double-degree study programme and earned her doctorate from Universidad de Jaén in Spain and from Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in 2014.

Her current research focuses on the possibility of applying methods developed by the emerging field of food studies in the analysis of fiction. Her other research interests include 20th century English poetry, women’s studies, and popular fiction studies. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of British literature and on British popular fiction. She is a member of the Slovak Association for the Study of English.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Silvia has authored Dining Room Detectives: Analysing Food in the Novels of Agatha Christie, in which a structuralist approach to Golden Age crime fiction is complemented by methodology developed in the field of food studies in order to demonstrate the twofold role that food plays in Agatha Christie’s novels.

Silvia describes her experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

I worked with Cambridge Scholars on the publication of my very first book and I only have good things to say about the entire process, from the earliest stages through to the date of publication. The team at Cambridge Scholars was very understanding and sensitive to my needs as a novice author. The communication with everyone at Cambridge Scholars was prompt, easy and efficient. All of the editors I came into contact with were highly professional and knowledgeable, but also kind and willing to help. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam Baker and David Luscombe, who were extremely patient with me throughout the publication process, and provided me with the time and space necessary to produce a book that I am one hundred percent happy with. Furthermore, I was given the chance to have complete control over the design of the cover of my book, which I really appreciated. Whether you are an experienced author or you are just about to publish your first work, I can wholeheartedly recommend publishing with Cambridge Scholars.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Dining Room Detectives: Analysing Food in the Novels of Agatha Christie. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2017.

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Meet our Authors: Mark Guscin – April 2017 13 April 2017

Mark Guscin obtained a first-class degree in Latin and Greek from the University of Manchester at the age of nineteen, and recently obtained his PhD in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, which was also admitted by the University of Oviedo in Spain as an equivalent PhD in Spain.

Mark is currently an independent scholar and professional translator and interpreter in Latin, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, French, Portuguese and Italian. He has published various books related to medieval history and the Napoleonic Wars, as well as a prize-winning biography of Lady Hester Stanhope (in Spanish).

He has also worked as a television presenter on the National Geographic Ancient X-Files. He is a translator and interpreter in the Spanish engineering company Duro Felguera, and runs his own translation agency. He has lived in Spain since 1986.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Mark has authored The Tradition of the Image of Edessa, a study of the literature, paintings, icons and other aspects related to the Image of Edessa which “traces with erudition the long history of a Christian tradition known since the fifth century” according to Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary University of London.

In describing his experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars, Mark underlines the quality of the finished product:

It was actually Cambridge Scholars who first approached me when I started my PhD, and we agreed that when the thesis was finished we would talk again. The decision was taken very quickly, I adapted the style to a slightly broader audience (after all, a thesis is written mainly for the examiners) and off we went. The publishing process was so smooth and easy that I kept thinking I must be forgetting something or doing something wrong - there was always someone there to help me with technical and typesetting doubts (and I had quite a few), and in the end my hopes were exceeded when I actually saw the book; the quality (especially that of the images) is truly excellent. This is a very significant point, as in my case, and no doubt in many others too, the images are an essential element in understanding what the written text actually says. If they are not printed clearly much of the argument is lost, or rendered unclear. Overall, what can often be a wearisome task (the part between delivering the manuscript and publication) was in this case most enjoyable.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Tradition of the Image of Edessa. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2017.

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