Cambria Press Publication Review: Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture by Lauren Beck

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Cambria Press Publication Review – Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture: the Conquest through the Lens of Visual and Textual Multiplicity by Lauren Beck

Cambria Press congratulates Lauren Beck, on yet another outstanding review of her book, Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture: The Conquest through the Lens of Textual and Visual Multiplicity.

The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies notes that “The case of Spanish culture is particularly interesting because the Spaniards have been active in the creation of stereotypes of their enemies (e. g. the Islamization of Native Americans) and at the same time they have been the object of similar processes of cultural construction by other European nations.”

The journal review praises Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture because:

“Carefully researched and generously illustrated, Lauren Beck’s book offers a thorough study of primary sources, both textual and visual, on the cultural construction of the enemy in Spanish culture.”- Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

The book also earned an excellent review in the journal Hispania:

“An exhaustive study … Exploring both textual and visual resources and both archival and mass-produced sources, and with a strong reliance on primary sources, Beck offers an examination both broad and deep. … this work has been extensively researched… replete with several pages of bibliographical and explanatory endnotes and color and black-and-white plates depicting artwork, maps, charts, and other visuals in support of the study, and Beck accessed sources in languages as varied as Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, German, Dutch, Italian, English, and French. … the book is presented in a very nice sturdy hardcover edition, something that is a bit of a rarity in today’s publishing climate. … the appeal of this book should be as broad as its subject matter; it could easily find a home on the bookshelf of the specialist, the student or just the interested reader in Latin American history, European history, comparative cultural studies, religious studies, or art.” – Hispania

About the author: Lauren Beck (PhD, University of Western Ontario) is Department Head and Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at Mount Allison University. Dr. Beck is the editor of  editor of Terrae Incognitae, the journal for the Society for the History of Discoveries.

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#ASALH100: Cambria Author & Slavery Series Editor Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University) at 2 Sessions

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#ASALH100: Cambria Press Author & Slavery Series Editor Ana Lucia Araujo will be at the session “Slavery, Public Memory, and Reparations” on Friday at 7 p.m. (Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 1, Georgia 10) and at the session “From Slavery to Freedom: Black Women in the Americas” on Saturday at 2 p.m. (Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 2, Savannah 2, Level 2 Lobby).

Cambria Press Author & Slavery Series Editor Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University) will be at two sessions at the centennial meeting and conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

Cambria Publications by Dr. Araujo (more reviews at http://www.cambriapress.com):

Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic

“An important and provocative work. No other study so thoroughly chronicles the fraught and ambiguous history of memorializing slavery in the South Atlantic. Araujo’s ability to ‘read’ multiple sources – both discursive and non-discursive – makes the book truly interdisciplinary in scope. It will be a crucial starting point for all future studies of slavery and memory in Benin and Brazil.” – James H. Sweet, Journal of African History

Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities, and Images

“The scholarly quality of the dozen essays included here is uniformly high … The quality and variety of the contributions make this book a desirable purchase for research libraries, and scholars of the history and culture of slavery and the black Atlantic are well advised to direct their attention to the essays which best match their interests and to consult the extensive and up-to-date bibliography of primary and secondary sources with which Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade closes. Araujo and her contributors deserve praise for putting together this exciting collection, as does Cambria Press for producing it as an attractively designed and well-laid-out volume.” – Journal of Latin American Studies

African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World

“The memory of slavery and the slave trade has strongly influenced how history is understood. What is remembered and why are clearly identified as major historical themes of analysis in this valuable collection.” – Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Books in the Cambria Studies in Slavery Series:

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Ida B. Wells Birthday Tribute: Black Women as Custodians of History

Ida B. Wells

Black Women as Custodians of History: Birthday Tribute to Ida B. Wells

Cambria Press Book Highlight in honor of Ida B. Wells’s Birthday

“Like W. E. B. Du Bois, black activist and journalist Ida B. Wells also chose to become an interpreter of facts in her writings about lynching at the turn of the twentieth century [… and] called African Americans to write and distribute accurate histories that would counteract the false depictions created by white-owned presses, dispersing this message through her work in the antilynching movement.”   – Paula Sanmartín, Black Women as Custodians of History: Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women’s Writing

*This book is part of the Cambria Studies in Slavery Series headed by Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University).

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#LASA2015 Highlight: Author Interview with Jedrek Mularski, author of Music, Politics, and Nationalism in Latin America

#LASA2015 Highlight: Author Interview with Jedrek Mularski, author of Music, Politics, and Nationalism in Latin America LatAm Cambria Press

#LASA2015 Highlight: Author Interview with Jedrek Mularski, author of Music, Politics, and Nationalism in Latin America

The following is an interview with  Jedrek Mularski, author of Music, Politics, and Nationalism In Latin America: Chile During the Cold War Era:

Question: Why did you decide to write Music, Politics, and Nationalism in Latin America?
Jedrek Mularski:
In addition to being a Latin American historian by profession, I have had a strong interest in music since I was very young. This research presented the opportunity for me to draw upon my background in both fields by examining the pivotal events of the Cold War era in Latin America through a musical lens.

Over the past few years, several fascinating new diplomatic and military histories have revealed that Cold War era conflicts in Latin America were multisided contests among various regional actors on the left and right of the political spectrum. However, these recent histories have not explored closely the question of whether this conceptualization of the Cold War era also applied to other areas of society. Seeking to deepen historical understanding of Latin America’s Cold War-era conflicts, I explored the music of the period. In doing so, I found a similarly complex web of local, national, and international actors who competed to shape popular culture and contributed significantly to the polarization of that time.

Question: How does your study relate to Chilean society and folk revival?
Jedrek Mularski:
The story that this book traces has particular significance in Chilean society, where a right-wing military coup overthrew democratically elected, socialist president Salvador Allende in 1973. Moreover, the history of Chilean folk-based music during the Cold War era is deeply intertwined both directly and indirectly with musical trends across and beyond Latin America. Folk revival movements outside of Chile played a significant role in shaping the course of folk revival within Chile. Subsequently, Chilean folk-based musicians played a central role in nurturing and advancing folk revivals both domestically and abroad. For those like myself who are interested in folk revival movements, I wanted to contribute to a broader understanding of folk revivals in Latin America and globally.

Question: What do you hope your readers take away from your book?
Jedrek Mularski:
It is my hope that readers will take away from this book an awareness of the very important histories of folk-based musicians such as Violeta Parra, Víctor Jara, Inti-Illimani, and Los Huasos Quincheros, as well as of the music that these musicians produced. I hope that readers will develop a broader understanding of how these musicians and their songs both reflected and catalyzed larger economic, political, and cultural processes. This book places musical production in the context of wider efforts by both the left and the right to shape popular culture and identity as important components of their political agendas.

At the same time, this book is about more than musicians, songs, and political agendas. It seeks also to answer the question of how the public received particular styles of music and what impact music had on members of the populace. The integration of political history, musical analysis, and oral histories with individuals from diverse segments of Chilean society makes this history of Chilean music unique. I hope that the book will give readers a deeper sense of the excitement and fears that individuals felt during the Cold War era, along with a stronger appreciation for the role that music can play in fostering emotion and shaping political behavior.

Question: Your book dispels certain myths. Please provide an example.
Jedrek Mularski: One of the key contributions of this book is that it provides a vivid analysis of how music can reflect and shape political beliefs, emotions, and behavior. Although excellent historical studies on the relationships between music and politics exist, historians often overlook music as an avenue of political analysis. For example, this book disproves the popular myth that Chilean conservatives “had no culture”; it demonstrates that many conservatives had deep, emotional attachments to a particular style of folk-based music that was central to their sense of identity. I believe that there are many more such histories to be told about music’s role in shaping politics around the world. It is important that such histories be uncovered and analyzed if we are to arrive at a more complete understanding of how popular political behavior functions.

Music, Politics, and Nationalism in Latin America will be on display at the LASA congress next week.

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Outstanding Book Review: The Nigeria-Biafra War by Chima Korieh is “worthy and invaluable.”

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The Nigeria-Biafra War: Genocide and the Politics of Memory by Chima J. Korieh

 

The Nigeria-Biafra War: Genocide and the Politics of Memory by Chima J. Korieh (who also coedited Minorities and the State in Africa) has been praised by the Journal of Asian and African Studies for being “worthy and invaluable.” The book review stated that “Korieh’s research disclosed hard documentary evidence showing the names of notable Hausa-Fulani personalities and even British expatriates who played prominent roles in the May–June 1966 pogrom of the Igbo in the north of Nigeria. In the city of Katsina, we are told that the mob first gathered in the palace of the Emir, from which it fanned out into the city to attack innocent Igbo residents. As the massacre was underway, the Emir, ‘Usman Nagogo; the former Northern Minister (of Education) Isa Kaita; Musa Tafida Yar’Adua, former federal Minister of Lagos Affairs; and Magajin Gari; [the] Emir’s son, were parading the town up and down cheering them up’ (pp. 12–13). In the city of Kaduna, ‘top Hausa civil servants’, British expatriates and students at the Ahamadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, were individually and collectively implicated in the brutal massacre as ‘instigators and collaborators’ (p. 12).”

Despite the evidence that there were meticulously planned and implemented political project of exterminating the Igbo ethnic group in Northern Nigeria before the war and in other parts of Nigeria during the war, the genocide has been mischaracterized as a civil war. In what can be called “an invisible genocide,” the Igbo genocide was masked by the attempts by both federal Nigeria and major western nations to down play the evidence of the genocide perpetrated against the Igbo ethnic group as well as its deeper roots in the pre-civil war period. In addition, little empirically grounded work has been done. Especially missing is work from the perspective of ordinary people who experienced the war as combatants or civilians. Through careful analysis of the experiences of those who witnessed the war and other sources, this book reveals neglected aspects of the Biafra war.

The Nigeria-Biafra War is a critical book for African history and international studies. Browse the book using the Free Preview tool now.

See also the new Cambria African Studies Series by Toyin Falola (University of Texas at Austin) and Moses Ochonu (Vanderbilt University).

#Africa #Nigeria #Biafra #Igbo #history #InternationalPolitics #genocide #war

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Cambria Press will be at the American Historical Association in Washington D.C. – Visit booth 206!

Cambria Press academic publisher AHA 2014 Washington DC

Check out books with outstanding reviews at the Cambria Press booth at the AHA!

Cambria Press will be at the American Historical Association in Washington D.C. Visit the Cambria Press booth (206) in the exhibit hall to browse books such as:

Series editor Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University) for the Cambria Studies in Slavery: Past and Present book series will also be at #AHA2014.

Dr. Araujo will be participating at the following sessions:

AHA Session 75: Women in Bondage: Local and Transnational Histories, Part 1: Journeys to Freedom: Enslaved Women in the North and South Atlantic Worlds

AHA Session 101: Women in Bondage: Local and Transnational Histories, Part 2: Daily Life, Sex, and Violence: Enslaved and Freed Women in Brazil and the United States

She will be presenting Crime and Punishment: Enslaved Women in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Cambria Press is offering a 40% discount on all hardcover titles for the AHA. Please use coupon code AHA2014; the offer is valid until Feb 14, 2014.

Check out our e-book rentals too: Cambria monographs have excellent chapter readings for undergraduate and graduate classes–avoid the hassle of textbook orders and simply assign a book chapter (or more) to students for the week’s reading for only $8.99!

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Cambria Press Book Review: The Latin American Identity and the African Diaspora is “a necessary text for all institutional libraries” and “”a valuable addition to the personal library of any scholar”

Cambria Press Book Review: Latin American Identity and African Diaspora

Cambria Press Book Review: Latin American Identity and African Diaspora

Cambria Press congratulates Antonio Olliz Boyd on another great review of his book The Latin American Identity and the African Diaspora: Ethnogenesis in Context by the journal New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, which praises the book because the author “offers a new way to approach critical race theory.And he takes a great leap forward when he includes the results of his study, among the Gã in the village of Tabom, of the impact that the Afro Brazilian returnees  had on Africans after four centuries of slavery and colonialism.” By doing so,  the study “introduces a new type of aesthetic to the discourse on the Afro Hispanic experience.”

The journal review goes on to recommend the book because it also “affords readers a view of the diaspora that is broader and more inclusive than previous studies,” deeming the book “a necessary text for all institutional libraries” and “a valuable addition to the personal library of any scholar in History, Latin American or African Diaspora, or New World, Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Studies.” The review also adds that “it could appropriately be a required text for students in any of these fields.”

Not surprisingly, this book was very well received at the recent 2013 LASA conference in Washington DC.

Recommend this Cambria Press book today! There are affordable Cambria Press e-book versions of this title.

Professors, if you would like to use this for your class, refer your librarian to the Cambria Press Desk Copy Plus Program that helps you get free versions for your students!

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