Book Announcement: Literary History and Popular Enlightenment in Latvian Culture

Literary History and Popular Enlightenment in Latvian Culture now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443855174
Hardback, pp160, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Literary History and Popular Enlightenment in Latvian Culture by Pauls Daija.

The Enlightenment of peasants, an 18th-century phenomenon that originated from an interest in common people and ideas of about the emancipation of the lower classes, had a crucial impact on creating Latvian secular literary culture. When Baltic German intellectuals, inspired by the Popular Enlightenment in German-speaking countries, undertook the task to educate Latvian peasants through books, they also laid the foundation for the future emancipation of Latvian culture. By exploring the nature of book production and changing images of peasants in Livonia and Courland in the second part of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century, this book offers insights into the complex historical relationship between Latvians and Baltic Germans and the regional specifics of the Baltic Enlightenment.
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Book Announcement: Cultural Heritage in a Comparative Approach: In the Name of Aphrodite

Cultural Heritage in a Comparative Approach: In the Name of Aphrodite now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443873116
Hardback, pp140, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Cultural Heritage in a Comparative Approach: In the Name of Aphrodite by Andrea Ragusa.

Despite the increasing focus from juridical and social sciences perspectives, cultural heritage remains a subject insufficiently considered from a historical point of view. Based on a comparative approach, looking at a variety of experiences developed for the management of cultural heritage since the emergence of the protectionist movement, this book analyses UNESCO cultural heritage legislation with regards to the socio-anthropological evolution of the concept of cultural heritage.
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Book Announcement: Rethinking Comparison in Archaeology

Rethinking Comparison in Archaeology now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443872850
Hardback, pp215, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Rethinking Comparison in Archaeology, edited by Ana Vale, Joana Alves-Ferreira and Irene Garcia Rovira.

Although comparative exercises are used or applied both explicitly and implicitly in a large number of archaeological publications, they are often uncritically taken for granted. As such, the authors of this book reflect on comparison as a core theme in archaeology from different perspectives, and different theoretical and practical backgrounds. The contributors come from different universities and research contexts, and approach themes and objects from Prehistory to the Early Middle Ages, presenting case studies from Western Europe, the Near East and Latin America. The chapters here also relate archaeology with other disciplines, like art studies, photography, cinema, computer sciences and anthropology, and will be of interest to a wide range of readers, not only archaeologists and those interested in the area of social sciences, but for all those interested in how we construct the past today.
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Book Announcement: Homosexuality in Italian Literature, Society, and Culture, 1789-1919

Homosexuality in Italian Literature, Society, and Culture, 1789-1919 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443872881
Hardback, pp285, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Homosexuality in Italian Literature, Society, and Culture, 1789-1919, edited by Lorenzo Benadusi, Paolo L. Bernardini, Elisa Bianco and Paola Guazzo.

Homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestitism, and trans-genders represented new ideas, customs, and mentalities which shattered nineteenth-century Italy. At this time, Italy was a state in the making, with a growing population, a fading aristocracy, and new urban classes entering the scene. While still an extremely Catholic country, atheism and secularization slowly undermined the old, traditional morality, with literature and poetry endorsing innovative fashions coming from abroad. Laxity mixed with perversion, while new forms of sexuality mirrored the immense changes taking place in a society that, since time immemorial, was dominated by the Church and by a rigid class system. This was a revolution, parallel to the political movements that brought about the Unification of Italy in 1861, and was tormented, intense, and occasionally tragic. This collection of essays offers a rather comprehensive overview of this phenomenon. Personalities and places, ideas and novels, poetry and tragedy, law and customs, are the subject of ten essays, written by leading international experts in Italian history, the history of sexuality, literature and poetry. The Italian nineteenth century is a time of a number of rapid changes, visible and invisible revolutions, often given less attention than the unification process. This book makes a substantial contribution to Italian studies and modern European history.
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Book Announcement: A Literary Journey to Rome: From the Sweet Life to the Great Beauty

A Literary Journey to Rome: From the Sweet Life to the Great Beauty now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443873284
Hardback, pp115, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A Literary Journey to Rome: From the Sweet Life to the Great Beauty by Christina Höfferer.

Rome is considered to be the most beautiful city in the world. However, how many people know about the hidden Rome, the Vatican’s secret archives, the true fate of Pasolini? This book describes a city full of passionate people who are in love with Rome and enthusiastic about what they experience there. Taking the reader on a journey through the city, we meet a woman picking urban fruit from the trees of Rome, learn the importance of studio 5 for Frederico Fellini, and chat with lovers of the work of the acclaimed Viennese-Roman author Ingeborg Bachmann. Always in search of the special in everyday life, the book draws a lively picture of the always vibrant Eternal City.
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Book Announcement: The Herb in History, Mysteries and Crafts

The Herb in History, Mysteries and Crafts now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443856874
Hardback, pp365, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Herb in History, Mysteries and Crafts by Zenia Sacks DaSilva.

This book is not the usual herbal; not a homeopathic handbook, a cookbook or a gardener’s consort; not even a compendium of history or lore, though these are its favourite pursuits. At heart, it is a tale of humanity’s poignant relationship with nature. Told in short vignettes, profusely illustrated and sprinkled with personal asides, it touches broadly on the role of plants in legend, in religion, in medicine, commerce, crafts and tradition, in literature, language, politics, beauty, in the rise and fall of empires, in food and manners, in love, in murder, and in crushing social passions. It selects from the trove of history and science moments that amaze, or shock, or move us to disbelief, and asks us to explore the uncanny bond between us and our non-speaking partners in creation.
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Meet our Authors: Gerhard Besier – May 2017

Gerhard Besier is a historian (PhD), theologian (DD and Habilitation) and psychologist (Diploma), and received an honorary doctorate from Lund University, Sweden in 2009. He is currently Director of the German-wide Sigmund Neumann Institute, which is situated in Berlin, Dresden and Flensburg, and teaches at several Universities in Europe and North America. He has also held chairs in Contemporary (Church) History and European Studies at the Universities of Berlin, Heidelberg and Dresden.

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