Book Announcement: Poverty, Charity and Social Welfare in Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Poverty, Charity and Social Welfare in Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp465, £63.99 / $108.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Poverty, Charity and Social Welfare in Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries by Pavlina Radia.

Social policy, as executed in western civilization, is apparently at a crossroads, with “forgotten” contradictions between the rich and the poor having once again become topical. The current economic and social crisis, including the crisis of the welfare state, raises the need to seek solutions from the past as well as the present. This volume brings together examples of social practice in the Central European region from the 19th century to the 1950s.
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Book Announcement: Insularity, Identity and Epigraphy in the Roman World

Insularity, Identity and Epigraphy in the Roman World now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp348, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Insularity, Identity and Epigraphy in the Roman World, edited by Javier Velaza.

This book explores the subject of islands, their essence and identity, their isolation and their relationships in the Ancient world. It investigates Greek and Roman concepts of insularity, and their practical consequences for the political, economic and social life of the Empire. The contributions examine whether being related to an island was an externally or internally distinctive feature, and whether a tension between insularity and globalisation can be detected in this period. The book also looks at whether there is an insular material culture, an island-based approach to sacredness, or an island-based category of epigraphy. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Holocaust Resistance in Europe and America: New Aspects and Dilemmas

Holocaust Resistance in Europe and America: New Aspects and Dilemmas now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp225, £52.99 / $90.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Holocaust Resistance in Europe and America: New Aspects and Dilemmas, edited by Victoria Khiterer with Abigail S Gruber.

This book brings together eleven essays that analyze different aspects of resistance to the Holocaust, which took many forms: armed and passive resistance, uprisings in ghettos and concentration camps, partisan and underground movements, the rescue of Jews, spiritual resistance, and preservation of Jewish artifacts and memories. Jewish resistance to the Holocaust faced numerous obstacles and difficulties. In many cases, resistance fighters risked not only their own lives, but also the lives of others. As such, there was a serious dilemma over whether to resist and over what methods of resistance should be used, because armed resistance could further harm the civilian population. The effort to resist was not in vain, however, regardless of whether the resistance participants survived or perished. To these fighters, resistance was seen as a moral victory over the Nazi regime. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Essays on Unfamiliar Travel-Writing: Off the Beaten Track

Essays on Unfamiliar Travel-Writing: Off the Beaten Track now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp260, £52.99 / $90.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Essays on Unfamiliar Travel-Writing: Off the Beaten Track by John Butler.

This book comprises a number of essays on travel-narratives which are somewhat unknown to the general reader. They include writing by people who travelled from the East to the West, as well as those going the usual way. The travellers include a seventeenth-century accountant, a Persian shah, an Indian rajah and a Hawaiian king, as well as an Irish doctor, an American journalist and a Japanese poet. The book presents these travellers in an informal manner, although there are discussions about identity, “otherness” and stereotyping as they are displayed in the narratives. The book will appeal to students and academics, as well as the general reader. Continue reading

Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean now available in paperback

Paperback edition of Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Paperback, pp230, £34.99 / $59.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean by William Mallinson.

Can Henry Kissinger be described as a serious statesman who altered the course of relations between states? Or was he a shallow impersonator of those whom he admired, and a geopolitical engineer who treated people as collateral fodder, reducing morality to the status of a strategic and tactical tool? Using the story of Kissinger’s behaviour over Cyprus, backed up by recently revealed government documents, many critical, William Mallinson, former diplomat and leading authority on Cyprus’ history, provides an incisive analysis and evaluation of Kissinger’s approach, revealing a man who appears to have considered political strategy more important than law and ethics. Continue reading

The Becoming Jewish exchange, part 2: ‘Non-Jews are already transforming the Jewish world’

Dr. Netanel Fisher is a visiting scholar at the Kohelet Forum and at the  Israel’s Open University. Dr. Fisher holds a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has served as  an adjunct scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and at Hebrew University and as an Associate Researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute.

This exchange focuses on Becoming Jewish, a new book edited by Dr. Fisher and Professor Tudor Parfitt (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). In the next installments we will also be speaking to Professor Parfitt. Part 1 can be found here.

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The Becoming Jewish exchange, part 1: Is a global conversion phenomenon changing the Jewish people?

Dr. Netanel Fisher is a visiting scholar at the Kohelet Forum and at the  Israel’s Open University. Dr. Fisher holds a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has served as  an adjunct scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and at Hebrew University and as an Associate Researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute. This exchange focuses on Becoming Jewish, a new book edited by Dr. Fisher and Professor Tudor Parfitt (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). In the next installments we will also be speaking to Professor Parfitt.

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