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.

His publications include The Holy See and Hitler’s Germany, which was published by Palgrave in 2007, European Border Regions in Comparison: Overcoming Nationalistic Aspects or Re-Nationalization? (Routledge, 2014) and Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis: From the Soviet Union into Eurasia? (Routledge, 2017), both co-edited with Katarzyna Stokłosa.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Gerhard has written and co-edited six titles, most recently releasing the first two parts of an extensive history of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Europe, which investigates the challenges that Jehovah’s Witnesses had to overcome as the religious association attempted to establish itself across Europe.

It is Gerhard’s second multiple-volume publication with Cambridge Scholars, and he explains why he returned to publish the anthology with us:

“After releasing several books with various publishers in Britain, Germany and Poland, I approached Cambridge Scholars Publishing about publishing European Dictatorships: A Comparative History of the Twentieth Century (2013, co-edited with Katarzyna Stokłosa) and Neither Good Nor Bad: Why Human Beings Behave How They Do (2014). My experience of publishing these titles with Cambridge Scholars was excellent, and so I turned to them again with my edited collection of correspondence between two well-known historical figures: ‘Intimately Associated for Many Years’: George K. A. Bell’s and Willem A. Visser’t Hooft’s common life-work in the service of the Church Universal – mirrored in their Correspondence (2015, two volumes). Despite the fact that the manuscript was rather challenging, due to its vast table of contents, footnotes and index, the team at Cambridge Scholars tackled it very well. Consequently, Katarzyna Stokłosa and I came to the conclusion that we should publish our extensive anthology on the history of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Europe with Cambridge Scholars too. The first two volumes, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Europe: Past and Present Volume 1 Part 1/1 and 1/2 (2016), have just been released. As with my previous books, they look very good and have been well-received by our readership thanks to the well-done layout and robust binding.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Jehovah’s Witnesses in Europe: Past and Present. Click here to purchase Part 1/1, which concerns Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Greece and Spain, or click here to purchase Part 1/2 on Italy, Netherlands and Portugal. To buy both volumes together, click here. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 14th June 2017.

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