Book Announcement: The Threat of Geopolitics to International Relations: Obsession with the Heartland (Paperback)

Paperback edition of The Threat of Geopolitics to International Relations: Obsession with the Heartland now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Paperback, pp150, £39.99 / $67.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of The Threat of Geopolitics to International Relations: Obsession with the Heartland by William Mallinson and Zoran Ristic.

Geopolitics, both in name, and in its application via geostrategy, is a controversial area of international relations. Although the practice of obtaining resources is as old as Mankind, the word came into its own with the imperial policies of the great powers in the nineteenth century, was used to justify world wars, went into decline, but was ‘taken to America’ and then re-exported to Europe after the last war by the likes of Henry Kissinger. Nowadays, the term is used unconsciously by politicians obsessed with power, often to justify war. This book tears apart the simplistic thinking of geopolitics, and proposes its replacement with the authors’ own method of ‘geohistory’, a method based on recognising that at the base of any analysis and evaluation of the international situation lie human characteristics.
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Book Announcement: De-constructing Dahl (paperback)

Paperback edition of De-constructing Dahl now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Paperback, pp205, £34.99 / $59.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of De-constructing Dahl by William Mallinson.

This is the first single-authored monograph on Roald Dahl since 1994. Remarkably, in spite of Dahl’s commercial success, and the divided opinions he generates, very little scholarly work on the author has been produced.
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Book Announcement: Laughter and War: Humorous-Satirical Magazines in Britain, France, Germany and Russia 1914–1918 (paperback)

Paperback edition of Laughter and War: Humorous-Satirical Magazines in Britain, France, Germany and Russia 1914–1918 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Paperback, pp293, £34.99 / $59.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of Laughter and War: Humorous-Satirical Magazines in Britain, France, Germany and Russia 1914–1918 by Lesley Milne.

War is no laughing matter. During a war, however, laughter can play a vital role in sustaining morale, both in the armies at the Front and in their homelands. Among wars, the 1914–18 conflict has left a haunting legacy, and remains a central topic in modern European history. This book offers a comparative study of the impact of the war in four countries, and breaks new ground by exploring this through the medium of what their respective populations laughed at. By searching the pages of four humorous-satirical magazines, Punch in the UK, Le Rire (France), Simplicissimus (Germany), and Novy Satirikon (Russia), all of which supported the national war efforts, it examines the ways in which humour made an important contribution to the propaganda war.
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Book Announcement: Pantokrator: An Introduction to Orthodoxy (paperback)

Paperback edition of Pantokrator: An Introduction to Orthodoxy now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Paperback, pp120, £19.99 / $33.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of Pantokrator: An Introduction to Orthodoxy by Trevor Curnow.

Although most people think of Greek philosophy as “Western”, its religion is commonly referred to as “Eastern”. For those who have not spent time in countries where Orthodox Christianity is the dominant religion, it can seem exotic and alien. Even those who visit these countries can come away with little understanding of it. Pantokrator: an Introduction to Orthodoxy helps those unfamiliar with Orthodoxy to become acquainted with the history of the Orthodox Church, what it teaches, how it is structured, and how it differs from other churches. There is also a brief guide to the architecture and internal design and decoration of Orthodox churches. Because monasticism plays an important role in the life of the Orthodox Church, an account is given of the monastic life. This is illustrated with reference to how that life is lived on Mount Athos, an enclave within Greece run entirely by monks. The history and organisation of the Holy Mountain, as Athos is called, is explained in general terms with a more detailed account of one of its monasteries, Pantokrator.
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Book Announcement: The Outback Within: Journeys into the Australian Interior (paperback)

Paperback edition of The Outback Within: Journeys into the Australian Interior now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Paperback, pp210, £29.99 / $50.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of The Outback Within: Journeys into the Australian Interior by Mark Byrne.

What is it about the Australian outback? For nearly two centuries, narratives of outback journeys have been suffused with the aura of death. Why? It is not just that the desert is big, dry, hot and apparently empty. The outback is Australia’s “mythological crucible,” and journeys there have become rites of passage. It is where settler Australians go to die and perhaps be reborn. This book explores the landscape of this evolving national mythology. It argues that a more conscious engagement with the process of symbolic death and rebirth is needed for Australians to enter into a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship to the land and its Indigenous people.
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Book Announcement: Why Philosophy Matters: 20 Lessons on Living Large (paperback)

Paperback edition of Why Philosophy Matters: 20 Lessons on Living Large 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 Why Philosophy Matters: 20 Lessons on Living Large by Raymond Angelo Belliotti.

This book demonstrates that philosophy matters to everyday living and that people who ignore the enduring, fundamental questions of life thereby unwittingly relinquish part of their humanity. The question – “How should I live my life?” – along with cosmological inquiries about the nature of the world, animated Western philosophy during its earliest recorded years. Given that belief in the Greek and Roman gods failed to provide substantive guidelines for everyday living, philosophy arose in large measure as practical instruction in the art of living the good human life.
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Book Announcement: Ancient Philosophy and Everyday Life (paperback)

Paperback edition of Ancient Philosophy and Everyday Life now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Paperback, pp108, £19.99 / $33.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of Ancient Philosophy and Everyday Life by Trevor Curnow.

Ancient Philosophy and Everyday Life is an introduction to Cynicism, Stoicism, Epicureanism and Scepticism. After a general account of the nature of ancient philosophy, it looks at each of these four particular schools in turn, outlining their histories and their doctrines. Special attention is paid to how these philosophies formed the bases for distinctive ways of life in antiquity. It is shown how their founders not only articulated the fundamental ideas of their schools but also embodied them in their own lives. Some of the more colourful characters of ancient philosophy appear here, including Diogenes of Sinope who lived in a wine barrel and Peregrinus Proteus who died by climbing onto his own funeral pyre at the Olympic Games. Consideration is also given to whether it would be possible to live like an authentic Cynic, Stoic, Epicurean or Sceptic today and if so, how. The ideas of the schools are clearly explained with a minimum of technical jargon, making this an ideal introduction for anyone with an interest in the subject.
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