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The Centenary of Armistice - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 October 2018

This month we will be observing the Centenary of the end of the First World War. On the 11th of November 1918 – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" – an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany that marked the end of over four years of warfare in Europe. Later formalised at the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919, Armistice Day has since become a national day of mourning and commemoration across much of the continent and beyond.

It is comfortable to believe that, in 100 years of scholarship, we know all there is to know about the Great War. However, as Keith Neilson has highlighted in a recent article, academic work about the war and its interpretation continues to evolve and grow. At Cambridge Scholars we are proud to contribute to this important body of scholarship, and we will be offering a 50% discount on our most recent titles on the war throughout the month. In addition, we are also delighted to be partnering with the British Commission for Military History to support their upcoming New Research in Military History Conference – click here to read more about our involvement. 

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code FWW18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2018.

This book investigates the story of 600 Black men from across North America and the Caribbean, who, in 1917, went to war in a labour unit, No. 2 Construction Battalion. Regarded then by senior Command as morally infectious, a century later they have become central actors in a powerful cultural myth, celebrated in folk tales, poetry, drama and text. Black Soldiers in a White Man’s War examines critically that mythical narrative. Based on service records of the 600 volunteers and 35 courts-martial in the unit, it probes the lives of these soldiers, who laboured in the forests of France during 1917 and 1918. Black Soldiers in a White Man’s War will shock some, but, for the majority of readers, it will present a fresh, vibrant portrait of a group of young Black men, who at a time of international crisis volunteered to fight the King’s enemies. It will also open readers to experiences these men faced as they returned to a post-war racist society.

The Great War against Eastern European Jewry, 1914-1920 focuses on the consequences that the First World War had on the Jews living in the notorious Pale of Settlement within the frontiers of the Tsarist Empire. The research is entirely based on a solid documentary study, consisting of the documents of the Joint Distribution Committee and references to many historiographic works. The Jewish communities experienced a personal tragedy within the general tragedy of war, as they were particularly “damaged”, not only by violence and persecutions – suffering from the pogroms of Cossacks and local populations – but also by the evacuations and expulsions ordered by the military. From this perspective, what happened during the Great War could be seen as an anticipation of the tragedy that affected Eastern European Jewry in the following decades.

From a Traditionalist perspective, the cultural history of the Modern Era amounts to the genesis of the Dark Age. The Traditionalist meta-historical narrative deconstructs the modernist myth of “historic progress” as an anti-intellectual superstition. It exposes the quintessential features of Modernity – namely, secular nihilism, historical materialism, socio-political egalitarianism, and collective narcissism – as structural inversions of Traditional values. The Sunset of Tradition and the Origin of the Great War follows the forgotten path of the philosophia perennis to trace the historic onset of the Dark Age. It clears away a century-deep deposit of “progressive” illusions and “politically-correct” axioms. The restored road of Traditional thought will lead a new generation of scholars to their rightful inheritance: an intellectual tabula rasa on which history can be written anew. 

William Orpen (1878-1931) was in 1917 appointed as an official war artist in France. He not only saw the Great War as a call to paint serious subject-matter—enabling him to break away from the constraints of society portraiture in London—but also as an opportunity to write. He was the only war artist to keep a written record of his wartime experience, published in 1921 as An Onlooker in France. In his Preface, Orpen rather too modestly states: “This book must not be considered as a serious work on life in France behind the lines, it is merely an attempt to record some certain little incidents that occurred in my own life there.” William Orpen, an Outsider in France: Painting and Writing World War One is a companion to this “attempt”. 

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British Commission for Military History - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 October 2018

This month, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to be partnering with the British Commission for Military History to support their annual New Research in Military History Conference, held this year at the University of Southampton on the 16th and 17th of November.

The British Commission for Military History was founded in 1965, and it serves as a forum for the discussion and promotion of military history. They do so through a newly launched and pioneering open access journal entitled the British Journal for Military History, and through the organisation of conferences and wider events showcasing research in military history from the UK and beyond.

This year, we are delighted to be sponsoring the BCMH’s annual New Research in Military Conference as part of our observation of the Centenary of Armistice and the end of World War One. Recognising that attempting to accurately represent the past is a difficult if not impossible endeavour, the conference is themed around the twin notions of ‘Myth and Reality’. As always, the conference is also dedicated to highlighting the research of postgraduate and early career scholars, allowing them to present their research in a friendly, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere.

Delegates of the conference are entitled to exclusive discounts on Cambridge Scholars’ latest titles on the military history of World War One, as well as on several other of our titles covering military history from ancient to modern times. For more information, please email or tweet @Mars_Clio, and to register click here. Registration closes at 23:00 on the 4th of November so please act fast if you would like to attend.

Since its foundation the BCMH has developed a diverse and knowledgeable membership of military historians, spanning the different realms of universities, museums, archives, and local history societies. Membership is open to all, and further information about how to apply is available here.

For more information about the British Commission for Military History and the forthcoming New Research in Military History Conference, please click here, and for additional information about our other activities marking the Centenary of Armistice, click here

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Book of the Month - November 2018 31 October 2018

Our November Book of the Month is Islamic Law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt by Moataz El Fegiery.

For many, the Muslim Brotherhood was merely part and parcel of the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt; Mohamed Morsi becoming Egypt’s first president to take office following an election in 2012. However, in this courageous and carefully constructed book El Fegiery proposes that the Brotherhood has exacerbated, rather than diminished, the tensions and contradictions between Islamic law and human rights in Egypt. In 340 pages of measured prose, he unfolds an argument that the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideal of the Shari’a state cannot bring the peace and prosperity that the people of Egypt deserve.

The Muslim Brotherhood and its scholars have drawn on hard-line juristic opinions and reinvented certain concepts from Islamic traditions in ways that limit the scope of various human rights, and advocate for Islamic alternatives to international human rights. Their practices in opposition and in power have been consistent with its literature. As an opposition party, it embraced human rights language in its struggle against an authoritarian regime, but advocated for broad restrictions on certain rights. However, its recent and short-lived experience in power provides evidence of its inclination to reinforce restrictions on religious freedom, freedom of expression and association, and the rights of religious minorities, and to reverse previous reforms related to women’s rights. Ultimately, the book explores the prospects for certain constitutional and institutional measures to facilitate an evolutionary interpretation of Islamic law, provide a baseline of human rights and gradually integrate international human rights into Egyptian law.

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 important and bold book. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMNOV18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2018.

Books such as this one can draw polarised responses, but see below for some of the praise El Fegiery’s work has received:

"Moataz El Fegiery’s book is a well-researched study that provides useful insights to comprehend the role of Islamists around the world. It is a remarkable treatise that addresses some of the crucial matters with respect to the influence of religious laws on the structure and content of a country’s constitution and analyzes it within a broader international framework of human rights."

--Sania Ismailee, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online, 5:12 (2017)

"Offering an important and insightful examination of Egypt's agonizing struggles to define the Islam-state relationship, El Fegiery probes the political and legal dimensions of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood's campaigns for Islamization and their implications for human rights. The Brotherhood's calls for upholding Islamic law are assessed as being misleading, the underlying goal being more a determination to resist Western culture and uphold a distinctive vision of Islamic identity than an actual concern to implement Islamic teachings. The Brotherhood's recent claims to respect human rights are debunked, with El Fegiery citing its attempts when in power in 2012-2013 to impose a retrograde version of Islamic law at the expense of human rights—at the same time that some other Islamic institutions were moving towards accommodating human rights. How can Egypt move beyond a stalemate where liberals and the Brotherhood press irreconcilable agendas, aggravating hostilities and polarization? Offering what is sure to be a controversial proposal, El Fegiery argues that it is counterproductive to insist on secularization or to exclude the Brotherhood from politics, calling for allowing the Brotherhood's continued participation, and he advocates retaining constitutional references to Islam – albeit ones balanced by strong constitutional protections for human rights. For readers in fields like Middle Eastern politics and history, contemporary Islam, constitutionalism in Egypt, and human rights, the assessments are sure to be of great interest."

--Ann Mayer, Associate Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, University of Pennsylvania

"Though the focus of this book is on Egypt and on the experience of the Muslim Brotherhood, it is a highly topical and interesting study of interest for all those engaged in the study of democracy and human rights under the conditions of the popular call for the implementation of Shari‘a by Islamist movements. The study of El Fegiery matters to all who try to understand the nature of Islamist movements worldwide."

--Professor Bassam Tibi, University of Goettingen

"This book offers a thorough analysis of the conceptual and theoretical issues about religion and human rights in general and studies major issues such as the supremacy of Sharia, political pluralism, freedom of opinion, minority rights, conversion and apostasy, and family law. [...] The book is a valuable contribution to recent critical analyses of Islamism as it is not linked to its ideology. Taking human rights and Islamic law as the context of the Islamist discourse, it has been able to observe the significant tension between idealism and activism."

--Muhammad Khalid Masud, Former chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Dawn, 26.02.2017

"The Foreword to the book, written by the eminent contemporary political scientist, Bassam Tibi, excellently reflects the crux of Fegiery’s work and endorses both his arguments as well as his findings. The subsequent nine chapters of the book successfully portray the ambivalence in the thought and practice of the world’s most influential Islamist movement towards various aspects of human rights.The significance of the book lies in its examination and exposition of how human rights language is exploited at the hands of Islamists to oppose an existing regime and then violated when they themselves rise to power."

--Gowhar Quadir Wani, Aligarh Muslim University, Islam and Civilizational Renewal 9/1 (2018)

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - November 2018 31 October 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Amir Al-Azab has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: a book that breaks new ground in linguistics and translation studies. Amir is a lecturer in the Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Qatar University. He is the author or translator of more than 30 books on language, with research interests across pragmatics, lexicography, simultaneous interpreting, and applied linguistics.  

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Amir’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABNOV18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2018.

Dr Amir Al-Azab’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Business and Institutional Translation: New Insights and Reflections

Editors: Éric Poirier and Daniel Gallego-Hernández

This book analyses the growing volume of economic, financial, and institutional translation that takes place every day, bringing together a group of interdisciplinary scholars to discuss future trends, practical suggestions, and new avenues of business translation. 

"Business and Institutional Translation: New Insights and Reflections is a unique publication that spotlights how businesses are dealing with the challenges of translating information and data across multiple languages. It tackles some sensitive issues in the translational arena: quality assurance, professionalism, competence criteria for market requirements, the standardization of translation and interpreting, and numerous other aspects of translation-mediated business communication. Furthermore, it sheds light on the methodologies and techniques behind business translation, and how these methodologies and their outcomes are assessed. In recent years scholars have been preoccupied with what could be termed other taxonomies of translation, such as the literary, legal, technical, and medical implications of moving between languages.

This book will likely open a window of future research in the area, and it will also provide a guide to translation institutions and individual translators in an increasingly interconnected and fluid linguistic world."

For more information on Dr Al-Azab, please click here. His full review of the book was published in the latest issue of the Translation Journal, and can be read open-access here.

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Meet our Authors - Jun Zhou and Gail Taylor 25 October 2018

Professor Jun Zhou is a member of the Expert Committee of the China Fashion and Color Association, an Honorary Director of the China Fashion and Color Association Council, and Director of the Zhenjiang Textile Industry Research Institute. He is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Encyclopedia of China Third Edition (Color Roll), a consultant at the Color Center of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, and Honorary Professor of the Beijing Institute of Fashion. He has been engaged in research on traditional Chinese color culture, popular color, and color design for more than 40 years, and has published dozens of papers in leading journals at home and abroad, such as Clothing Guide, Textile Report, and Jiangsu Textile.

In 1990, he was the only Chinese contributor to The Color Compendium with a chapter on traditional Chinese color, and he published Visual Communication Color Design with China Youth Publishing House in 2008. In 2016, he was invited by the Chinese Academy of Art to give a special lecture on Chinese traditional color research, and his paper on the modern applications of Chinese traditional color languages was included in the proceedings of the 2016 Chinese Traditional Color Theory Research Symposium, published by the Literature and Art Publishing House in November 2016. He has also contributed to the Chinese encyclopedia Color Roll. More recently, Professor Zhou has been invited to give lectures on Chinese traditional color culture and fashion by the Jilin Academy of Art and the Organizing Committee of the Central Plains Fashion Week. 

For his newest book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Professor Zhou partnered with Professor Gail Taylor, resulting in the release of The Language of Color in China in August 2018. Dr Taylor is Adjunct Professor at Donghua University, China, and specializes in the fields of culture and costume studies, the practice of fashion design, innovative strategies, and fashion communication. She has decades of experience in fashion and textile design, and is both editor of the Research Journal of Textile and Apparel and regional editor of the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. Her publications explore fashion, textiles, ecology and sustainability, e-business and contemporary issues.

Together, Professor Zhou and Professor Taylor reflect on their experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“Publishing our book The Language of Color in China with Cambridge Scholars was both an active and dynamic experience for us, and it was clear to us that they were committed to providing a forward-thinking publishing service that champions original thinking. This was especially so since our book is the first to introduce and explain Chinese traditional color culture from a period of over 5000 years of world history. This was a new research topic in the global arena and in the language of color use worldwide, and our work is of particular interest for those involved in the exchange of colors and cultures between East and West.

Cambridge Scholars’ editorial team and management staff were consistently professional, highly supportive, and efficient throughout the entire process. Particularly in the editing and typesetting of illustrations, the pre-press team worked closely with us to obtain exquisite color visual effects in our images. We greatly admire their courage to explore new research fields, to test new research findings, and to give readers more options in different fields of academic research. In this regard, Cambridge Scholars is truly a leader in new disciplines and in new research. It is therefore not surprising that they have become the preferred publishers for some of the world’s leading scholars in various fields.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering a 50% discount on The Language of Color in China. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOACHINA18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Santiago Sia - October 2018 11 October 2018

Santiago Sia was Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Milltown Institute at the National University of Ireland prior to his retirement. Author and editor of several books and articles, and an international lecturer, he was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethical Studies for several years at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA. His specialised fields are the philosophy of religion, ethics, and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, he has been closely associated with the academic and research programmes of various universities and professional institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Santiago is one of Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific and renowned authors, with titles such as Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society (2014), This Deep Pierian Spring: An Account of the Human Quest for Meaning (2016), and most recently The Christian Message as Vision and Mission: Philosophical Considerations of its Significance (2017). His books eschew traditional divides between philosophy, fiction, poetry, and academic writing, and are consistently and positively reviewed in journals around the world.

Santiago reflects on his ongoing experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars:

“Publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing has been, for me, a most positive and highly energising experience. The editorial team and administrative staff have always been thoroughly professional, highly supportive and invariably efficient. One can always rely on their prompt attention to queries and requests. While insisting on the traditional high standards for scholarly publications and on rigorous peer review they have also been encouraging of innovative methods and in the imaginative content of one’s academic output. Scholarship demands selective productivity, but it also expects courage to forge into new territories, to test less familiar fields, and to gather together one’s findings so as to share them with others.  In this respect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, living up to their name as publishers of scholarship, have shown themselves to be reliable guides and intrepid leaders. Not surprisingly, therefore, they have continued to be the publishers of choice for a number of established scholars in various fields throughout the world.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both the hardback and paperback variants of Santiago’s latest book, The Christian Message as Vision and Mission: Philosophical Considerations of its Significance. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Anna Gadd Colombi - October 2018 11 October 2018

A former professional swimmer, Anna Gadd Colombi has been teaching and coordinating units of Translation Studies, Italian Studies and Spanish Studies at The University of Western Australia since 2012, and is a NAATI certified translator from English into Italian. She attended Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid whilst competing internationally. After her BA and MA studies, from 2011 to 2015 she held a scholarship for doctoral studies at The University of Western Australia, where she completed a thesis in Italian Studies and Translation Studies. In doing so, she attended and presented at translation and language teaching and learning conferences in Australia, Europe and Canada.

In July of this year, she published her maiden monograph with Cambridge Scholars, entitled Translation as Criticism: Elizabeth Jolley's Mr Scobie's Riddle. A revised version of her doctoral thesis, the book is an in-depth analysis of the themes, places, characters and voices of the novelist Elizabeth Jolley’s acclaimed Mr Scobie’s Riddle.

Publishing your first book can be a daunting endeavour, and Anna explains her experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars on hers:

"I came across Cambridge Scholars Publishing through a colleague in the School of Italian Studies at The University of Western Australia. My colleague showed me his recently published doctoral thesis, which is a milestone for many young academics. Soon after completing my own PhD in Italian Studies and Translation Studies I received an email from Cambridge Scholars and decided to review my thesis to create a manuscript on translation as criticism, as analysis of an existing work, in particular, on Elizabeth Jolley’s Mr Scobie’s Riddle. I am incredibly happy I went with Cambridge Scholars Publishing as they were very attentive and punctual throughout the publishing process.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Translation as Criticism: Elizabeth Jolley's Mr Scobie's Riddle. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2018.

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