Global Theme: Independence Day 4th July

The 4th of July is US Independence Day.  Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on 4th July, 1776. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States and is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. For more information about Independence Day click here.

To mark Independence Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles that are related to Independence Day and American History.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code INDEPENDENCE19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 19.

The Greatest Events in American HistoryDonald Elder III, Michael F. Shaughnessy (2018-10-01) ‘Since time immemorial, history has been punctuated by a series of events—some large, some small—that have shaped civilizations. In this classic text, two historians examine some of the most important events in American history which have shaped the American experience and impacted the drive for democracy and freedom. Indeed, some of these incidents have shaped other countries and other nations and literally the free world. This book is an in-depth examination of those crucial, critical episodes.’

Henry Cabot Lodge, Alexander Hamilton and the Political Thought of the Gilded Age, H.G. Callaway (2019-02-01) ‘We are currently witnessing a renewal of broad public interest in the life and career of Alexander Hamilton – justly famed as an American founder. This volume examines the possible present-day significance of the man, noting that this is not the first revival of interest in the statesman. Hamilton was a major background figure in the GOP politics of the Gilded Age, with the powerful US Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr. drawing on Hamilton to inspire a new, assertive American role in the world. Hamilton was first prominent as a soldier and aide to General Washington, and believed in centralization of power in the federal government and an energetic presidency. He founded the American financial system as the first Secretary of the Treasury, and was a great moving force of America’s first nationalist-conservative party – the Federalists. As shown here, close scholarly attention to Lodge’s biography brings out the darker sides of the celebrated hero. Hamilton’s deeper conviction was the need of an elitist “aristocratic republic,” and he was an advocate of military-commercial empire. The Gilded Age Hamilton revival helped inspire the Spanish-American war of 1898 and an American overseas empire. This book will be of interest for students and professionals in political philosophy, political science, American history and American studies.’

‘Black Lives Matter’: Cross-Media Resonance and the Iconic Turn of Language, Lucia Abbamonte, (2018-04-01) ‘This volume focuses on the ongoing protest in the US against racial discrimination and racial profiling, which often result in the loss of black lives at the hands of police agents, a phenomenon that has recently attracted unprecedented media attention. The topics dealt with here, such as the relevance of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, are currently included in a variety of education curricula in the US, and, in like manner, this book can be used in first and second level degrees in linguistic and cultural studies, communication, media studies and political sciences. It contains well-developed methodological sections (with tables, figures, graphs and notes), where the tenets of critical discourse analysis are concisely illustrated from its Foucauldian roots up to the more recent developments of multimodal critical discourse analysis and positive discourse analysis, as well as the contribution of the Sidney School with their emphasis on mapping culture through narrative genres and the wealth of resources for discourse analysis provided by the appraisal framework.’

Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America, Laura Finley, Matthew Johnson, (2018-05-01) ‘Timely and important, this collection focuses on the meaning of the 2016 presidential campaign and the election of Donald J. Trump as it relates to gender. Authored by scholars in political science, international studies, sociology, peace and conflict studies, psychiatry, and social work, as well as feminist activists from various backgrounds, chapters focus on campaigning for Hillary Clinton; how Trump won the election over a highly qualified female candidate; Trump’s hyper-masculine posturing; the meaning of the election for marginalized populations; the effect of the election on survivors of sexual assault; proposed policies related to women; and how to teach and parent in the era of Trump. Further, the book offers an appendix of recommended resources for persons seeking to better understand the election and its effect on gender relations in 2016 and beyond.’

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