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500th Anniversary of the Reformation - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 September 2017

This month, Cambridge Scholars is marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a major event in the 16th century that left an indelible mark on not only the landscape in Europe but also further afield. The Reformation is considered to have begun with the publication of Martin Luther’s ‘Ninety-five Theses’ in Wittenberg, Germany, which most believe to have been on 31st October, 1517.

In the words of Tom Rassieur, curator of last year’s exhibition ‘Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation’ at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, USA, “one man, Martin Luther, took a stand that literally shredded the fabric of Europe. It changed theology, it changed politics, it changed society and it changed political boundaries. It gave us a revolution in education, in literacy. There are many, many manifestations of the Reformation.”

To mark this anniversary, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles on Christianity since the Reformation.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code REFORMATION17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2017.

A Short History of the Church of England: From the Reformation to the Present Day retraces the history of the Church of England from the Henrician schism (1533–34) to the present day, and focuses on the complex relations between the Church and the State which, in the case of an established Church, are of paramount importance. Theological questions, and in particular the conflicting influences of Catholicism and Protestantism, in its various forms, are also examined. The religious settlement engineered by Elizabeth I and her advisers in the 16th century saved England from the atrocities of religious war. However, the countless theological battles and party feuds which have punctuated the history of the Church suggest that the Elizabethan settlement was not entirely successful. The Church of England today is a “broad Church”, hosting within its fold a wide range of traditions and beliefs. The coexistence between liberals and conservatives and, to a lesser extent, between Anglo-Catholics and Evangelicals, remains uneasy and the unity of the Church is fragile.

The English Reformation was no bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky. Nor was it an event that was inevitable, smooth, or predictable. Rather, it was a process that had its turbulent beginnings in the late medieval period and extended through until the Restoration. Renovating the Sacred: Faith Communities and the Re-formation of the English Parish Church places the emphasis not just on law makers or the major players, but also, and more importantly, on those individuals and parish communities that lived through the twists and turns of reform. It explores the unpredictable process of the English Reformation through the fabric, rituals and spaces of the parish church in the Diocese of Norwich c. 1450–1662, as recorded, through the churchwardens’ accounts and the material remains of the late medieval and early modern periods. It is through the uses and abuses of the objects, rituals, spaces of the parish church that the English Reformation became a reality in the lives of these faith communities that experienced it.

The Alchemical Virgin Mary in the Religious and Political Context of the Renaissance explores the survival of Roman Catholic doctrine and visual imagery in the alchemical treatises composed by members of the Lutheran and Anglican confessions during the Renaissance and Early Modern periods. It discusses the reasons for such unexpected confessional survivals in a time of extreme Protestant iconoclasm and religious reform. The book presents an analysis of the manner in which Catholic doctrines concerning the Virgin Mary, the Holy Trinity and the Eucharist were an essential factor in the development of alchemical theory and illustration from the medieval period to the seventeenth century. Additional issues explored here include the role played by alchemy in strengthening the leaders of the European defence against the invading Ottoman Turks. Special consideration is given to the role played by the apocalyptic Mary within alchemical texts and pictures as an emblem of the mercurial quintessence.

Themes of Polemical Theology Across Early Modern Literary Genres spans the early modern period and ranges across literary genres, confessional divides and European borders. It brings together scholars to explore the dynamic and profound ways in which polemical theology, its discourses and codes, interacted with non-theological literary genres in this era. Offering depth as well as breadth, the contributions chart a myriad of intersections between Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran and Reformed polemics and a range of literary types composed in Latin and the vernacular across Europe. Individual essays discuss how genres such as history and poetry often represented a vehicle to promote and validate a particular confessional standpoint. Authors also address the complex relationship between humanism and polemical theology which tends to be radically oversimplified in early modern studies.

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Book of the Month - October 2017 29 September 2017

Our October Book of the Month is The Unity-Based Family: An Empirical Study of Healthy Marriage, Family, and Parenting by H.B. Danesh and Azin Nasseri.

Getting married, forming a family, and parenting are among the most consequential tasks we undertake in our lives. This book is about creating loving and united marriages, nurturing and happy families, and rearing healthy and successful children.

It provides dramatically new concepts and practical strategies on how to achieve these noble objectives in our rapidly changing and challenging world.

Based on current scientific research, original conceptual formulations, and intensive clinical studies, The Unity-Based Family is, at once, groundbreaking, enlightening, helpful, and profound.

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 BOMOCT17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2017.

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

“The Unity-Based Family is a must read for anyone who wants to raise intellectually, emotionally, morally, and spiritually healthy children. As a developmental psychologist, I was particularly attracted to, and edified by, the chapters concerning the dynamics of personal development and parenting. I wish I had had the knowledge and wisdom imparted in this book when I started my family forty years ago! Now, I will settle for using it to help my undergraduate students of developmental psychology understand how to create family unity and why that unity is both the foundation of health and the means of healing for families.”

—Rhett Diessner, Professor of Psychology, Lewis-Clark State College

“Once again, in his characteristic style, Dr H. B. Danesh has achieved a lucidity and beauty in his writing that makes difficult concepts not only easy but also a delight to digest. In reading almost every paragraph, one gets a sense of being nourished and challenged at the same time. I found this book to be both an enlightening and aesthetic experience. As a psychologist and educator who has systematically studied the development of life purpose for more than fifteen years, I have found frameworks in this book that I have yet to find articulated in the same way anywhere else.”

—Jenni Menon Mariano, Associate Professor, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

“The Unity-Based Family is an inspiring book, demonstrating that unity, once translated into action, will meet most of the personal, interpersonal, and collective challenges faced by humanity today. It deals with the concept of unity in the context of the family as the fundamental unit of society, but this book is not only about the family: it is about our life and how to substantially improve its quality.”

—Julio Savi, MD, Author of A Nest on the Highest Branch: Reflections on Human Success, Prosperity and Happiness

“Dr Danesh is a master at breaking down a complex phenomenon into highly understandable elements. In this book, he brings a wonderful clarity to the challenging issues of marriage and family and, in doing so, raises our vision to the beauty and potential of human life.”

—Brian Kirsh, MD, FRCP (C), Department of Psychiatry, University Health Network, Toronto

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - October 2017 29 September 2017

This October, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Tim Connell has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Tim is Professor Emeritus at City University, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Tim’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 1st November 2017.

Professor Tim Connell’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Meaning in Translation: Illusion of Precision

Editors: Larisa Ilynska and Marina Platonova.

This volume represents a collection of papers on fundamental and applied research on a wide range of linguistic topics, including terminology standardisation and harmonisation, the pragmatic, semantic and grammatical aspects of meaning in translation, and the translation of sacred, legal, poetic, promotional and scientific and technical texts.

Meaning in Translation: Illusion of Precision covers a multitude of topics, which just go to show that translation is both enjoyable and complex. Topics range from the finer points of scientific translation to contracts involving English and Islamic law, and what the translator needs to do about the contrasts between them. There are also some highly specialised papers on topics such as Creole languages in translation which may be intended for the more expert reader, but which will still be accessible to a wider audience.” 

For further information on Professor Connell, please click here.

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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

To find out more about Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is available in both hardback and paperback, click here. To read the review in full, click here (requires subscription).

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

For more information on the post-publication process, please visit our dedicated Post-Publication page by clicking here or email

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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.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on A Name To Exist: The Example of the Pseudonym on the Internet. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th October 2017.

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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.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Technological Innovation and the Effect of the Employment on the EU Countries. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th October 2017.

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