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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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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Book Review: Julian among the Books

Julian of Norwich, her mystical experiences, and her writing, have been the subject of ever-increasing interest and study over the course of the twentieth century, and now well into the twenty-first. This very recent study, Julian among the Books, includes ten chapters and several appendices, the latter presenting excerpts from various early volumes related to Julian and her writings. Though the chapters are, in effect, distinct studies, taken together they provide fascinating insight into Julian, her writings, and especially their literary, religious, historical, geographical, and artistic contexts. In bringing these varied contexts to the fore, Julia Bolton Holloway, in effect, confirms the interrelated character of the English and wider European milieus in which Julian wrote. At the same time, Holloway regularly stresses the importance of the contributions of women such as Brigitte of Sweden and Catherine of Siena to spiritual reflection around the time of Julian (c. late 1300s). This book is replete with reproductions of images from various manuscripts and works of art, including several pages of full-color plates. Of particular note is that Holloway works directly, and in discussion with, various themes in comparison among manuscripts of Julian’s writings rather than with reconstructed texts. While Holloway’s work with the manuscripts themselves makes it more difficult, at times, to follow her train of thought, it somehow seems to give the reader a sense of being closer to Julian herself.

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Book Announcement: Ideological Roots of the Conflict between Pro-Kurdish and Pro-Islamic Parties in Turkey

Ideological Roots of the Conflict between Pro-Kurdish and Pro-Islamic Parties in Turkey now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443855143
Hardback, pp210, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Ideological Roots of the Conflict between Pro-Kurdish and Pro-Islamic Parties in Turkey by Rahman Dag.

The current agenda of international politics is full of headline-grabbing conflicts. This book focuses on one such conflict, namely the Kurdish question in Turkey, with recent peace negotiations between Turkey and the PKK having apparently failed.
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Book Announcement: The Letters of the Apostle Paul: Controversies and Consequences

The Letters of the Apostle Paul: Controversies and Consequences now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443850636
Hardback, pp345, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Letters of the Apostle Paul: Controversies and Consequences by Charles Vergeer.

“Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked.” Who was this man who had undergone such tribulations? For centuries, Paul’s letters have been read in a theological context, forming as they do part of the foundation of the Christian faith. This book, however, maintains that it is important to read these letters in a different way, to learn to analyse them in their original, contemporary context. It scrutinizes Paul’s letters, showing that the texts as we now have them form a kind of palimpsest in which other layers and text fragments are visible. It also studies Paul’s views on the resurrection, investigating Paul’s idea of the son of God and the sermon in Athens with whetted-knife precision. In addition, it deals with the alleged letter to the Romans and considers the trial of Paul and his burial place in Rome. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Spirituality and Global Ethics

Spirituality and Global Ethics now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443850735
Hardback, pp344, £64.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Spirituality and Global Ethics, edited by Mahmoud Masaeli.

This volume addresses three fundamental questions about the interplay between the ethics of globality and spirituality: What are the practical implications of spirituality for the condition of life in a turbulent era of violent religious/non-religious extremism? In what way can spirituality, the view of love, compassion, tolerance, and mutual recognition encounter mistrust, enmity, separateness, and violence? How, and in what way, can spirituality contribute to the newly emerging global ethics? Continue reading