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Celebrating the Chinese New Year - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 January 2018

We are very proud of the international spectrum of our authors, editors and contributors at Cambridge Scholars, many of whom will be celebrating the Chinese New Year this month.

This traditional festival is celebrated by more than 20% of people around the world, and this year the Chinese New Year falls on 16th February. The celebrations continue thereafter for another two weeks with the Spring Festival, and we would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.

To bring in the Chinese New Year, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our titles on China and Chinese Studies. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code CHINA18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2018.

For a long time, the idea of China as a culture and society which was voluntarily secluding itself from the rest of the world was dominant. But, in reality, China has always been part of the world, just as the world has always sought to penetrate China. China's Development from a Global Perspective presents an analysis of China from a global perspective within a broad temporal and spatial spectrum. It reveals the early relations established between the Roman Empire and China, the dynamics developed with the countries of the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and Japan, and the gradual path of Europeans and Americans towards China. The book reviews the development of diplomatic relations, the signing of agreements and alliances, and the rise and resolution of conflicts. It also analyses the forging of economic relations, the establishment of commercial exchanges and the creation of companies, professional bodies and institutions of collaboration.

Deep in the fir woods of southwestern China, in a village called Dimen, live several women who are masters of many cultural arts. Following the centuries-old lifestyle of their ancestors, they are the living repositories of their civilization. They carry the unwritten history and wisdom of the Kam people in their songs, weave cloth that is smooth and strong, and dye fabric to the richest indigo blue. Through everyday activities, lessons in craft, folk stories and songs, the women weave a patchwork of Kam culture and reveal its hidden treasures in fibers, textiles, papermaking as well as ethnography, anthropology, and Sinology. Kam Women Artisans of China: Dawn of the Butterflies presents an opportunity to learn from the past long lost in Western tradition, explore contemporary rural life in China, and experience ancient culture metamorphosing under the pressure of technology.

The Chinese Continuum of Self-Cultivation explores a transcultural philosophy of education based on the Neo-Confucian concept of the universal nature of self in the co-creative process of self-cultivation (xiushen 修身). This ancient approach to knowledge synthesis and consolidation informs and enhances the educational theories of John Dewey, creating a cross-cultural educational template for the 21st century. The Confucian-Deweyan educational model explored is not only a transcultural educational approach in the changing face of globality, but also a means to encourage and foster humanitarian and communitarian values in the learner. The model of education developed herein enables the phenomenon of glocalization to be pragmatically addressed in cross-cultural contexts, promoting economic, environmental, cultural and human sustainability for the future. This work will appeal to comparative philosophers, educationalists, and designers of pre-tertiary curricula.

Zeng Shiqiang and the Chinese Style of Management illustrates and develops Professor Zeng Shiqiang’s interesting and insightful observations on the essence and mainframe of the Chinese style of management science, which has developed around how to enhance management effects by integrating modern management strategies with ancient Chinese philosophical wisdom and ideology. In order to facilitate a wonderful reading experience for the reader, the research team have sorted out the main viewpoints proposed by Professor Zeng and put forward some discussion topics, as well as some tangible case studies to give the reader guidance. Through elaborate management case studies that illustrate philosophical wisdom, this book presents a magnificent picture of the Chinese style of management.

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Book of the Month - February 2018 31 January 2018

Our February Book of the Month is Land Writings: Excursions in the Footprints of Edward Thomas by James Riding.

Whilst out walking one day in the shade at the age of thirty-six, with the First World War looming, Edward Thomas decided to become a poet. In the few years that followed, believing he belonged nowhere, he tramped across rolling chalk downland, stitching himself to the landscape. Gently slanting from the door of his stone cottage, the South Downs – a range of chalk hills that extend across the southeastern coastal counties of England from Hampshire in the west to Sussex in the east – became day by day the mainspring of his poetry. As a perennial poet and essayist of the South Downs, Edward Thomas remains an enduring presence a century later in the downland he trampled daily, treading and documenting a series of paths around the village of Steep, East Hampshire, where he lived until enlisting. Arranging itself around a number of journeys in pursuit of the early twentieth century poet and nature writer, this book provides a personal and moving tale of encountering literature in landscape, retreading Edward Thomas’s footprints from the beginning of his epically creative final four years, to the site where he died in 1917, during the Battle of Arras.

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 BOMFEB18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2018.

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

“Elegant, scrupulous and excitingly experimental, James Riding’s walking-acts find new ways back into – and out from – Edward Thomas’s life and work. His book, Land Writings, sets out the political worth of being artistic in an era when the humanities are under widespread pressure.”

—Robert Macfarlane, Reader in Literature and the Geohumanities, University of Cambridge

“Riding offers us a strikingly original take on Thomas, and at the same time delivers a very different way of writing geography imaginatively. Journeying by stages and phases, the worlds his words evoke are anguished, eloquent, tormented, candid, addled, claustrophobic, schizoid, snarky, scabrous, enigmatic, dizzying, difficult, daring, grotty, crotchety, conversational, melancholic, sensational, and magical. And that’s not the half of it.”

—Hayden Lorimer, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Glasgow

“This is a complex, rich and risk-taking piece of work - a fascinating read. It is memorable, 'gets you', and makes theoretical arguments current in human geography about landscape, poetics, authorship, embodiment, memory and experience. What really struck me was its swooping quality, whether it was swooping through Thomas' poetry and life from tranquil rural England to the hell of trench warfare, being swept through the streets of central London in a peaceful protest met by police violence, or just freewheeling down a hill on a bike at dangerous speed.”

—Ian Cook, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Exeter

“As he trails Edward Thomas and leads us hand in hand, James Riding’s questing and questioning reflections in, on and about the British landscape - personal, sceptical, celebratory, performative - help to refashion our attitudes to notions of place once more. A significant and provocative addition to new writing in geography, in a challenging range of registers that wear their scholarship easily.”

—Mike Pearson, Emeritus Professor of Performance Studies, Aberystwyth University

“As he journeys in imaginary fellowship with Thomas, Riding goes to the heart of a landscape methodos: a mode of thinking about place that is also a way of travelling through it, linking the walk to the peripatetics of memory and mood, intimation and association. A quiet and beautiful book, Thomas’s poetry is never far away from this most personal of engagements.”

—Jessica Dubow, Reader in Cultural Geography, University of Sheffield

“In this breakthrough text, James Riding establishes himself as a significant land writer and voice in contemporary cultural geography. Riding’s work arrives at a time when there is much discussion and debate regarding ‘creative turns’ in cultural geography. In this context, Land Writings offers a sustained, full-throttle engagement with traditions of narrating landscape, selfhood, memory and travel, and one that is notably shorn of the timidity and qualifying that often accompanies academic ventures into creative registers. From the start, you hear a confident, original voice, and as the chapters unfold, so does a story quite different from the one you might imagine.”

—John Wylie, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Exeter

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - February 2018 31 January 2018

This February, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Giovanna Summerfield has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Giovanna, a Professor in Italian and French, currently serves as the Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, USA.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Giovanna’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABFEB18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2018.

Professor Giovanna Summerfield’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Encounters with the Real in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema

Editors: Loredana Di Martino and Pasquale Verdicchio.

This volume explores the Italian contribution to the current global phenomenon of a “return to reality” by examining the country’s rich cultural production in literature and cinema. The resulting interactions will aid the reader in understanding how the critical arts respond to the triumph of hyperrealism in the current era of the virtual spectacle.

The volume ‘Encounters with the Real in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema’ is not only an exploration of the contemporary literary and cinematic works contributing to a “return to reality” to raise awareness and have a social impact on readers or viewers, but also an invitation to scan our own minds and souls as artists and art lovers to become changers. In Italian cinema and literature, we have a very rich legacy of changers, artists who did not use the writing or cinematic medium as entertainment but as a social engagement. This volume’s contributors showcase here a series of wonderful current examples, like Prunetti and Valenti, Piccinni and Foschini, Scurati and Siti as well as Saviano and Crialese, Garrone and Sorrentino, Marazzi and Taviani. As we are continuously bombarded by ways of distracting and enjoying ourselves, the theories and works presented here delightfully bring back the crucial mission of impegno (engagement). This is definitely a book and a topic that are paramount in our classrooms, our cultural centers, and our own living rooms.” 

For further information on Professor Summerfield, please click here.

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Featured Review - Mr Justice McCardie (1869-1933): Rebel, Reformer, and Rogue Judge 31 January 2018

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 David Foxton, Q.C.’s review of Antony Lentin’s title Mr Justice McCardie (1869-1933): Rebel, Reformer, and Rogue Judge, which was recently featured as our Book of the Month. David has been consistently ranked as a leading commercial barrister by professional directories, and is currently both a Deputy High Court Judge and a Visiting Professor in Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham. In his review, David judged that “Lentin argues his cause with a passion and skill of which his subject would have been proud.”

"The book is written with verve and enthusiasm, and with exceedingly few errors […] The breadth of research is very impressive. The personal papers of judges generally offer thin gruel, and McCardie’s are no exception. Lentin overcomes this by very thorough research of more extensive collections to glean the passing references to McCardie, and by extensive reliance on contemporary newspapers (national, local and even the boxing periodical The Ring). […] While Lentin and the reviewer hold very different views on McCardie’s merits as a judge, and perhaps on what makes a good judge, Lentin argues his cause with a passion and skill of which his subject would have been proud."

–David Foxton, Q.C., Law Quarterly Review (2017)

To find out more about Mr Justice McCardie (1869-1933): Rebel, Reformer, and Rogue Judge, click here.

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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A new focus on sciences 19 January 2018

We are now accepting publishing proposals in Life Sciences, Health Sciences and Physical Sciences, as well as continuing to publish in our core field of Social Sciences.

We are being helped to do this by our expanded Advisory Boards, and you can see a range of recent and forthcoming titles by clicking on the links above, and in the Advisory Board categories.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing continues to offer fast and fair review, a focus on inclusivity and diversity, international sales and distribution, with books printed in attractive hard covers as well as available in ebook formats. But we now do so with an expanded scope into Life Sciences, Health Sciences and Physical Sciences as well as Social Sciences.

To submit a proposal, please click here. To apply to join an Advisory Board, please click here

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Meet our Authors: Jarmo Valkola – January 2018 12 January 2018

Jarmo Valkola is a Professor and Doctor of Philosophy, having received his doctorate from the Department of Art Education at the University of Jyväskylä. He is Docent at Aalto University in Helsinki, Docent Professor at the University of Lapland, and Docent at the University of Jyväskylä. He is also Associate Professor of Film History and Theory at Baltic Film, Media, Art and Communication Institute of Tallinn University, Estonia. From time to time, he also works at Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, and the University of Vienna.

His research interests are wide-ranging, and include cognition, cognitive science, phenomenology, art, visual arts, audiovisuality, perception, pictorialism, media, cognitive media theory, media education, philosophy of the image.

He has written 17 books and 50 scientific articles on cinema, art, and aesthetics in various languages, including Finnish, English, French, Italian, Turkish, Greek, Estonian and Hungarian.

Jarmo is currently working on his next book, with the working title of Cognitive Analysis of Cinema, which integrates psychological and phenomenological approaches to understanding the complexity of media.

He is currently engaged in Tallinn as a Professor in two international programs called Kinoeyes and Viewfinder. The former is a joint project with the Lusófona University, Lisbon, and Screen Academy Scotland, Napier University, while Viewfinder is a collaboration with the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest (SZFE) and the National Film School at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.  In 2017, he was involved in a symposium on Péter Forgacs's films and in 2018 will be involved in another symposium on Arab cinema.

Jarmo is the author of Pictorialism in Cinema: Creating New Narrative Challenges, which explores the unique phenomenon of pictorialism and its connection with other arts in film and media studies. He describes the process of publishing the title with Cambridge Scholars:

The publishing process started with my letter to Cambridge Scholars, and I was pleased to get information about their publishing policies. I sent them a copy of the manuscript, and I got positive feedback about my research. After a while I received the answer that they had accepted my manuscript, after which there was a quite long period during which the manuscript, especially the language, was checked very carefully. After all this work, it was ready for printing. There were, of course, other issues like the cover image, which I got from my son who was making a short film up north. At the top of Finland there is a small piece of land, which belongs to Norway, called Finnmark, which is where the cover image was taken. I was very pleased with the whole publishing process, and I appreciated the thoroughness that the publisher and the people who work at Cambridge Scholars took with their jobs.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Pictorialism in Cinema: Creating New Narrative Challenges. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Laura González – January 2018 12 January 2018

Laura González is an artist, writer, and an Athenaeum Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is also a faculty member at the Transart Institute. When she is not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with her camera, she teaches art and psychoanalysis at various institutions in Europe and the US, and creates performances for galleries and festivals. She has written on the seductive qualities of Philippe Stack’s Juicy Salif (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and co-edited a collection of essays titled Madness, Women and the Power of Art (Inter-disciplinary Press, 2013) to which she contributed a work, written with Eleanor Bowen.

She is also an Ashtanga and Pranayama yoga teacher and has performed with various dance companies, including Michael Clark, Barrowland Ballet and the Scottish Dance Theatre. Together with Penny Chivas, she co-directs @TheGlasgowJam, a multidisciplinary arts organisation. Her current work explores knowledge and the body of the hysteric through text, voice, dance performance and video.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Laura has authored Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces, of which Valerie Walkerdine, Distinguished Research Professor at Cardiff University, said: “both deeply erudite and wonderfully playful, this book stole my heart. Quite brilliant.”

Laura describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Publishing with Cambridge Scholars was a rigorous, thorough and supportive experience. Being a fine artist, I had both guidance and freedom to create the visual aspects of my work and I managed to publish the book as I had envisaged it. I produced my own images and designed the cover, both of which are key to the book, with advice from the creative teams at Cambridge Scholars. I won’t deny it, the process was stressful and hard, because writing a book is hard, but Cambridge Scholars made it calmer and more enjoyable than I remembered from previous experiences. The support and clarity of communication before, during and after publishing made a difference to the quality of the book and I am very grateful for all I learned. It has made me want to write another book with them!

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2018.

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