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50th Anniversary of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 29 June 2018

On the 1st of July 1968, exactly fifty years ago yesterday, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was opened for signature by the United Nations. In the preceding years, the horror of Hiroshima and the escalating tensions between the USA and the USSR over their stockpiling of nuclear weapons had led US President Dwight D. Eisenhower to declare in his famous 1953 Atoms for Peace speech that the new language of international relations was “the language of atomic warfare.” Eighteen nations from around the world, backed by the UN, subsequently came together and negotiated the terms of the treaty, and it remains in force today, signed by over 180 countries.        

The key objectives of the treaty were to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons technology and encourage the development of clean, safe, nuclear energy. This is an endeavour common to governments, scientists, and experts from numerous other fields. At Cambridge Scholars, we are proud to contribute to this endeavour in our publication of titles spanning the Social, Physical, Health, and Life Sciences.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the treaty, we are offering readers a parallel 50% discount on our titles on nuclear politics, history, and physics. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code NUCLEAR18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st August 2018

Secretary of Commerce Henry A. Wallace was an earnest supporter of the Stimson Proposal, a disarmament proposal submitted to the Truman administration by then Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson immediately after World War II. This proposal suggested direct dialogue with the Soviets over control of the newly-released atomic energy used against Japan in August 1945. Henry A. Wallace’s Criticism of America’s Atomic Monopoly, 1945-1948 illustrates that Wallace’s ideas of international atomic controls with Soviet partnership – a position embraced by atomic scientists – could prevent a postwar nuclear proliferation. The failure of Wallace’s concept of postwar world order, a product of rejection by President Truman, has revealed an ideological conflict between democracy and nuclear weaponry. Amazingly, Wallace daringly made this historic attempt and kept to his vision, a commitment which led to his alienation and eventual ousting from Truman’s cabinet.

In the West, interest about Korea is often limited to its unnatural division and the peculiar regime in the North of the Peninsula. However, its culture is rich, its history a thousand years-old, its land populous, and its economy spectacularly growing. How is it possible that such a country, a key figure in the recent history of Asia would only call to mind advanced technology or nuclear threat? The Divided Korean Peninsula: A Window into Everyday Life is drawn from the personal experiences of the author, who lived in South Korea and experienced it two different times, in 2000 and 2010, and had the possibility of going back in 2017. In all his time there, he tasted all the characteristics, the contradictions, merits and defects of this halved and impenetrable country.

Magnetic and Electric Resonance is devoted to a quasi-classical treatment of quantum transitions, with an emphasis on nuclear magnetic resonance, nuclear quadrupole resonance and electric dipolar resonance. The method described here is based on the quasi-classical description of condensed matter, and makes use of the equation of motion of harmonic oscillators with external forces. In addition to known results in magnetic resonance, the book also presents parametric resonance for electric dipoles and dipolar interaction which may lead to spontaneous electric polarization. Overall, it presents a less known but nonetheless important aspect of quasi-classical approximation to quantum-mechanical motion.

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Book of the Month - July 2018 29 June 2018

Our July Book of the Month is Daughters of the Nile: Egyptian Women Changing Their World, edited by Samia I. Spencer.

We hear much about Egyptian queens and princesses in popular culture. From the glistening figure of Cleopatra, whose legacy survives in countless forms of contemporary art, theatre, and literature, to the goddess Isis, worshipped by Egyptians and Greeks alike for her solemn role shepherding souls to the afterlife, ancient Egyptian history is awash with women. Yet in the modern age, we hear far more of Gamal Abdel Nasser, founder of contemporary Egypt, and Hosni Mubarak, who was famously deposed in the Arab Spring. This book asks a simple question: what of ordinary Egyptian women, and how do they navigate and transform both their country and the world? Daughters of the Nile: Egyptian Women Changing Their World is the vivid and timely story of the lives and experiences of modern Egyptian women – told from their own perspective in a reflective and passionate way.To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

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 both the hardback and paperback versions of the book throughout July, taking the price of the paperback to only £14.99. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUL18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st August 2018.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving from academics, journalists, and government officials alike:

"The vividly narrated chapters, all in the first-person, hold many memorable phrases and much candour. The story in each becomes not only that of the individual woman narrating her experience but also the history of a society and a country. Through the eyes and documents of these women, we see pressing Egyptian issues coming to the fore. [...] For those interested in Egypt or women’s progress, or those who enjoy engaging and well-written autobiography, this book is a must."

--Aziza Sami, Al-Ahram Weekly, 03.03.2017

"This book is long overdue. It is high time that modern Egyptian women stand side-by-side with their brilliant ancestors."

--Yvette Roudy, France’s Minister of Women’s Rights (1981-1986)

"This outstanding book is a must-read. Many influential Egyptians share personal, telling stories about their achievements, shattering stale myths about Egyptian women. In their marvelously detailed narratives, they strive to make the world a better place, resulting in a much-needed Egyptian humanity. Their stories warmed my heart; so much so that I want to meet and thank each and every one of them for their passion, wit and courage."

--Jack G Shaheen, Author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People

"Working on Rule of Law programs, in Egypt and Jordan, with judges from the region, I observed first-hand the valuable contribution women make to the discussion of today’s important issues. So for me, the professional achievements chronicled in this book, although remarkable are not surprising. Narratives that mothers and daughters can read together, and that all of us can admire. What fine examples the authors set for women everywhere!"

--Justice Joseph P. Nadeau, New Hampshire Supreme Court (Retired)

"Stereotypes are unidimensional stories about a category of other, largely devoid of fact. The strongest antidote to stereotyping are stories that offer counter-narratives about real people living rich, full lives of substance. This book is a wonderful example of just such counter-narratives."

--Mary Ellen Kondrat, Dean and Retired Professor, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

"This book is a stark and important reminder of the power of women, their accomplishments against many odds, and their resilience to overcome, lead, and be a force to reckon with in their country and beyond. Egyptian women have a strong and rich tradition of leadership, and this is yet another example of their strength—an excellent and inspiring read."

--Mohammad Naciri Regional Director, Arab States Regional Office, UN Women, Cairo, Egypt

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - July 2018 29 June 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Edith Bruder has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: a book published in December 2016 by Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher. Edith is a research associate at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and a research fellow at the University of South Africa. A French ethnologist with a multi-disciplinary background in the history of art and clinical psychology, she has researched and published widely on the history and the contemporary phenomena of Jewish practices across sub-Saharan Africa, Judaising movements, forgotten diasporas, contemporary diasporas and particular Jewish identities. Her books include Black Jews, Les Juifs noirs d’Afrique et le mythe des Tribus perdues (Albin Michel, 2014), co-editor of African Zion, Studies in Black Judaism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) and African Journeys to Judaism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2018)

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Edith’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJUL18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st August 2018.

Dr Edith Bruder’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Becoming Jewish: New Jews and Emerging Jewish Communities in a Globalized World

Editors: Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher

Traditionally, few non-Jews converted to the Jewish faith, but today millions are converting to Judaism. In this volume, leading scholars of issues related to conversion, Judaising movements and Judaism as a New Religious Movement discuss and explain this global movement towards identification with the Jewish people, from Germany and Poland to China and Nigeria. 

Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher’s captivating book on the emergence of new Jewish identities in the globalized world is resolutely looking forward to the future. The book is a courageous adventure in transnational histories, cultural crossbreeding, and the development of Jewish identity in the twentieth century. It refers to a remarkable phenomenon that has been taking place over several decades:  in various countries, a vast number of individuals or groups have chosen to become part of the Jewish people and have acquainted themselves with Jewish tradition and legends in diverse circumstances and contexts.

In their chapters, leading scholars from social and religious sciences delineate the various profiles of ‘joiners’ to Judaism. In the vast scope of their methodological approach, one of the distinguishing features of the book, they rise unavoidable questions about identity, “authentic” Jewishness, and citizenship in Israel: Who is a Jew… versus a non-Jew? What is Judaism?

This book constitutes a very valuable and worthwhile resource. What it demonstrates clearly is that Judaism and Jewishness are going through very profound changes in our time. It is not surprising that different disciplines based on different criteria and methods of interpretation may reach different conclusions on the same subject—it appears that the story is just beginning to unfold.

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Featured Review - Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality 29 June 2018

At Cambridge Scholars we know that the printing of a book is just the beginning, rather than the end, of the publication process. We work hard to ensure our authors’ titles receive the critical acclaim that they deserve, and we are proud that our books are consistently and positively reviewed in prominent, peer-reviewed academic journals with high impact factors.

This month we are delighted to share a particularly striking review published in Men and Masculinities, the flagship journal of the emerging field of men and masculinities studies. The latest issue features a review of Michael Flood and Richard Howson’s 2015 edited collection Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality by Cliff Leek. Leek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado, and a renowned expert on the connections between men, masculinities, violence, and gender equality. He summarises that “readers will be hard-pressed to find a text that confronts the current debates and controversies in the movement to engage men in gender equality as thoroughly and judiciously as this contribution from Flood and Howson.”:

“Not only do the editors successfully pair the conceptual with the practical through the overall structure of the volume, but most of the contributions also bridge that divide as well. The case studies presented tie their findings to broader debates and issues in the field and the conceptual contributions about those debates and issues describe the impact those theoretical discussions can or should have on the tangible work being done. The ways this is done in the volume are genuinely impressive, given how common it is for theoretical and applied contributions in edited volumes to feel very disconnected from one another. The ambitious scope of topics the volume takes on pays off and makes this a meaningful read for everyone active under the gender equality umbrella whether their work is on violence, health, the workplace, the family, or theory.”

– Dr Cliff Leek, University of Northern Colorado

Moreover, Leek notes that Flood’s introduction is “the best primer on this work that I have seen in that it simultaneously maps the field—providing an overview of what we know—and refuses to shy away from points of political contention.”  The full review is available here (subscription required). To find out more about Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality, please 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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Meet our Authors: Terence C. Mills - June 2018 14 June 2018

Terence C. Mills is Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics and Econometrics at Loughborough University, UK, having previously held professorial appointments at City University Business School and the University of Hull, also in the UK. He has previously written several books, including Time Series Techniques for Economists (1990) and The Econometric Modelling of Financial Time Series (3rd edition, 2008), and he has edited such works as Monetary and Banking History: Essays in Honour of Forrest Capie (2011) and Time Series Econometrics, 4 volumes (2015). Terence has also published over 200 articles in books and journals, including the Journal of Economic History, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, the Journal of Climate and the International Journal of Body Composition Research, on subjects as diverse as economics, finance, meteorology, climatology and public health.

In 2017, Terence published A Statistical Biography of George Udny Yule: A Loafer of the World with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, the first major study of Yule, his work, and his influence on an extraordinarily wide range of fields. 

Yule’s seminal influence on time series analysis has long been recognized but much less recognized is that Yule was not only a wonderful expositor but that he had also published equally important research in other domains, developing the theory of correlation and regression to providing mathematical models of evolutionary behavior, and from analyzing data on pauperism to using statistical methods to resolve cases of disputed authorship of medieval manuscripts. Terence's book corrects this imbalance, showing that Yule deserves more recognition than he has thus far received for his work. 

Terence offers his reasons for choosing to publish his book with Cambridge Scholars:

The reason I chose Cambridge Scholars was that it promoted itself as an ‘upmarket’ niche publisher. This was exactly what I was looking for given the subject material of my book, a detailed analysis of the work of George Udny Yule, one of the greatest statisticians of the first half of the 20th century. Although this is the first book-length study of Yule, it is perhaps not the type of project a mainstream publisher is necessarily interested in publishing. Cambridge Scholars, on the other hand, were extremely quick and efficient in making their decision and the production process was conducted in an efficient and pleasantly friendly manner – I would recommend them to anyone wishing to publish a book.”

As part of our Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Terence’s book, A Statistical Biography of George Udny Yule: A Loafer of the World. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJUN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th July 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Heather Brunskell-Evans - June 2018 14 June 2018

Heather Brunskell-Evans has taught and researched at numerous universities in the UK, including Goldsmiths, the London School of Economics, the University of Leicester, and latterly King’s College London. She completed her MA at Goldsmiths where she specialised in the work of Luce Irigaray and the philosophy of language and the body. She also completed a doctoral thesis at Goldsmiths where she analysed the philosophy and ethics of childhood, gender and sexuality in the work of Foucault, queer theory and radical feminism. Her focus was on the power relationships between adults and children and young people, and how to conceptualise the latter’s relationship to their bodies. She went on to teach the philosophy and sociology of education, and the relationship between medicine and the law in the construction of modern sexed and gendered subjectivities.

Heather has published internationally on a range of topics, including on higher education in the UK, and with Michele Moore on the politics of higher education in Iraq. Her first book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing was published in 2016, entitled The Sexualized Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography: Performing Sexual Liberation.

Most recently, she has collaborated again with Michele Moore on the 2018 book Transgender Children and Young People: Born in Your Own Body, which has just been published by Cambridge Scholars in a paperback edition, and which will be followed by a second just-contracted book focusing on the transgender child. Heather recently appeared on the BBC’s The Big Questions on the 3rd of June to discuss her work and its continuing importance.

Heather explains her and Michele’s rationale for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

Cambridge Scholars contacted me in 2014 and invited me to write about my research on the relationship between medicine, sexology and pornography in the construction of the ‘sexually liberated subject’. Cambridge Scholars’ request has turned into the most fruitful of collaborations. My first book was an edited collection, and from inception to completion I was given expert, professional advice always delivered with a warm, friendly approach.

Cambridge Scholars therefore became the obvious choice when my colleague Michele Moore and I became interested in the fast-growing, new cultural phenomenon of ‘the transgender child and young person’. Michele is a professor of inclusive education and editor in chief of the journal Disability and Society. Our focus was the role of political activism and pressure groups in knowledge-making about children’s and young people’s sexed bodies and gender identities, and thus the role of political activism in the construction of the medico-legal figure of ‘the transgender child and young person’. We decided to invite the perspectives of a number of stakeholders for this edited collection including parents, academics, educationalists, psychotherapists, and those who had decided to de-transition.

Our mutual experience of working with Cambridge Scholars mirrored my original experience. The editorial guidance given to us has always combined with support and encouragement to pursue and to retain the integrity of our topic and mode of analysis. Michele and I very much hope to further our collaboration with Cambridge Scholars in the future.

As part of our Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering readers a 50% discount on both the hardback and paperback editions of Transgender Children and Young People: Born in Your Own Body. Please click here and use the discount code MOAJUN18 when checking out. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th July 2018.

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