Meet our Authors: Takesure Taringana – December 2018

Takesure Taringana is an economic historian and a Lecturer in the Department of Economic History at the University of Zimbabwe. He obtained his BA Honours degree in Economic History and his MPhil in African Economic History in 2008 and 2015 respectively. He has a sharp interest in agricultural commodities and development in Africa, and mainly focuses on coffee production in both colonial and post-colonial Zimbabwe. His research is also concerned with water and development, gender, language, climate change and community development.

In June 2018, Takesure published his first research monograph with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, entitled Agrarian Capitalism and the Development of the Coffee Industry in Colonial Zimbabwe 1900-1980. The book is an important touchstone for economic historians, political economists, and anyone who is interested in the dual logics of capitalism and colonialism as they have played out in Africa over the past 100 years.

Takesure explains why he chose to publish his first book with Cambridge Scholars:


“A major attraction to working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing was their strong reputation and the wide range of subjects that they cover. This offered me a timely and convenient entry into the world of distinguished scholarship. These virtues were further enhanced by Cambridge Scholars’ publicity drive, which enabled my book to reach a wide global readership and, therefore, make a significant impact on global scholarship.

 “I also really enjoyed the efficiency of the publication process, which was the result of a highly interactive relationship between the publisher and me. They managed to live up to their expectations of an author-orientated publishing process – this meant my involvement at every stage of the process, ensuring that my book is exactly what I wanted it to be!

 “As a junior scholar, publishing with Cambridge Scholars was my breakthrough in the scholarly world. It has boosted my confidence and encouraged me in my efforts to make a substantial and ongoing impact in the world of scholarly publishing.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Agrarian Capitalism and the Development of the Coffee Industry in Colonial Zimbabwe 1900-1980. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th January 2019.

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Book launch – Protection, Patronage, or Plunder? British Machinations and (B)uganda’s Struggle for Independence

We are delighted to share news that Apollo N. Makubuya’s book Protection, Patronage, or Plunder? British Machinations and (B)uganda’s Struggle for Independence was launched successfully at Mestil Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday the 11th  of December 2018.

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A full report and account of the launch can be read here, and please see below for a TV excerpt from Uganda’s national broadcaster.

The book is available directly from Cambridge Scholars Publishing now in hardback, and will be published in due course in a cheaper paperback version. For more information, please contact orders@cambridgescholars.com.

Book review: Making America Green and Safe: A History of Sustainable Development and Climate Change

For over 40 years scientists and policy-makers around the world have struggled to build awareness of climate change and to motivate actions that could (a) limit emissions of global warming gases, and (b) build resilience against increasing adverse impacts. This has been the centerpiece of a larger campaign to enable “sustainable development”—creating societies that are committed to long-term prosperity, security, and environmental harmony. Dr. Alan Hecht, who recently retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has been an instrumental player in this decades-long campaign. His new book, “Making America Green and Safe: A History of Sustainable Development and Climate Change” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018) gives an inside account of the journey toward sustainability, and emphasizes the need for future collaboration among government, business, and civil society.

The book begins with a historical perspective on the 1960s and 1970s, when growing evidence of environmental pollution stimulated landmark U.S. legislation for clean air, clean water, and responsible management of waste. It then traces the growing international consensus, led by the United Nations, that culminated in the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. An important factor in this movement was recognition by both business and government leaders that pursuit of sustainability is aligned with economic progress and has yielded beneficial innovations in energy, transportation, manufacturing, and consumer lifestyles. As Hecht explains, political opposition and competing agendas have hampered progress, and subsequent global summits in 2002 and 2012 failed to achieve binding commitments to sustainability goals. Nevertheless, he remains optimistic that wisdom will prevail.

This is a highly readable book aimed at a broad audience, filled with intriguing anecdotes from the author’s personal experiences. For students of climate change science and policy it provides a valuable reference. For concerned citizens it offers an honest and insightful overview of a critical, often misunderstood topic. The book concludes with a compelling overview of global megatrends, including not only climate change but also socioeconomic changes that represent both challenges and opportunities for sustainability.

Reviewed by:

Joseph Fiksel
Professor Emeritus
The Ohio State University

Book Review: Edmund Burke, the Imperatives of Empire and the American Revolution: An Interpretation

We are delighted to share a new review of H.G. Callaway’s Edmund Burke, the Imperatives of Empire and the American Revolution: An Interpretation, published in the latest volume of Studies in Burke and His Time. The full review can be read open access here (scroll down to p.92), and an indicative excerpt is below:

“The editor’s challenge in this volume is to inject freshness into a largely familiar collection of Burke’s writings relating to America. This he does with a textual analysis that appears to stand upon four main arguments: that the tension over the legacy of the Glorious Revolutionwas focused primarily on the relationship of liberty and representation; that Burke was a “liberal Whig” in his conception of that relationship; that the almost unforeseen consequences of the acquisition of an extensive continental empire—in 1763, but also in 1803—contorted that tension in challenging and unexpected ways; that there remains unplumbed contemporary value in grappling with these issues afresh—not least in comparing the thought of Burke and of Thomas Jefferson, a comparison that finds “poignant commonalties” to place beside the “well known contrasts” (p. xvi).”

The book is available to purchase directly from Cambridge Scholars – please click here to do so.

Highway Engineering Australia reviews Max Lay’s new book The Harnessing of Power

Dr Maxwell Gordon Lay’s new book with Cambridge Scholars, The Harnessing of Power: How 19th Century Transport Innovators Transformed the Way the World Operates, has been reviewed in the latest issue of the widely read Australian road magazine Highway Engineering Australia:

The Harnessing of Power: How 19th Century Transport Innovators Transformed the Way the World Operates is definitely recommended reading for industry professionals, or in deed for anyone with an interest in transportation, roads or history. […] The book adopts a broad, global perspective, but initially has a strong British focus as the Revolution was a process predominantly initiated and implemented in Britain. Nevertheless, when it lost momentum, Britain began to lose its leadership. By century’s end France and south-western Germany were the dominant changemakers and the USA was appearing on the horizon […] [the book] maintains his reputation for extremely high quality, well researchedcontent which is both informative and insightful.”


The book is available to purchase directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here.

New Research in Military History Conference – less than a week to abstract submission deadline

It is now just under a week until the abstract submission deadline for the British Commission for Military History’s (BCMH) forthcoming New Research in Military History 2018 Conference. The conference is being held at the University of Southampton on the 16th and 17th of November.

Cambridge Scholars is proud and delighted to be sponsoring the conference, and all who submit an abstract, or register to attend the conference, will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a military history book of their choice from our catalogue. Not only this, delegates of the conference will be able to receive a bumper discount on selected titles in military history.

Abstracts of 300 words for both 20 minute papers and 5 minute mini-presentations should be submitted to Zack White, the BCMH’s Post-Graduate Liaison, at z.white@soton.ac.uk. Those submitting should also send through the applicant’s name, a contact email address, an indication of whether they would like to do a 5 or 20 minute presentation, and a short (200 word) biography. All papers focusing on military history in any historical period are welcomed and will be reviewed by the NRC Organising Committee. The deadline for submissions is 19.00 on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

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New Research in Military History Conference – just over a week to abstract submission deadline

It is now just over a week until the abstract submission deadline for the British Commission for Military History’s (BCMH) forthcoming New Research in Military History 2018 Conference. The conference is being held at the University of Southampton on the 16th and 17th of November.

Cambridge Scholars is proud and delighted to be sponsoring the conference, and all who submit an abstract, or register to attend the conference, will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a military history book of their choice from our catalogue. Not only this, delegates of the conference will be able to receive a bumper discount on selected titles in military history.

Abstracts of 300 words for both 20 minute papers and 5 minute mini-presentations should be submitted to Zack White, the BCMH’s Post-Graduate Liaison, at z.white@soton.ac.uk. Those submitting should also send through the applicant’s name, a contact email address, an indication of whether they would like to do a 5 or 20 minute presentation, and a short (200 word) biography. All papers focusing on military history in any historical period are welcomed and will be reviewed by the NRC Organising Committee. The deadline for submissions is 19.00 on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

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