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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

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering our readers a 50% discount on the titles in the Kantian Questions series. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SERIES17 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd October 2017.

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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.” 

For further information on Professor Weir, please click here.

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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.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Civilization at Risk: Seeds of War. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAUG17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th September 2017.

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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.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Dimitrios’ most recent title, American Travellers in Scandinavia. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAUG17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th September 2017.

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