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Academic perspectives from Cambridge University Press


Empowering Labor: Leftist approaches to wage policy in unequal democracies

“Empowering Labor” delves into the utilization of wage policy as a pre-distributive instrument by leftist governments in South America and Southern Europe. This comparative study focuses on...

Juan A. Bogliaccini | 22 Mar 2024

Andromeda Galaxy at 100

In 1924, American astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble (1889-1953) established the distance of the “Great Nebula” in Andromeda, clearly placing it outside the limits of our Milky Way. All of a sudden, the...

Jean René Roy | 21 Mar 2024

Embracing Positionality in Research

“The law is reason, free from passion.” This statement, attributed to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, suggests that judges, lawyers, and scholars must examine the law objectively, without succumbing...

Lynette J. Chua, Mark Fathi Massoud | 20 Mar 2024

No one hates like a Greek neighbour? Athens and Boiotia in a different perspective

Anyone who has ever watched the Six Nations in Rugby or the World Cup in Football probably is familiar with the sentiment of beating a neighbouring country or rival brings among the faithful. What...

Roy van Wijk | 19 Mar 2024

Agonistic Cultures and Self-Presentation

By exploring how athletic champions wanted their victories to be understood, “Hellenistic Athletes” sheds new light on the relationship of sport, society and politics in the Greek world. Read the...

Sebastian Scharff | 19 Mar 2024

Changing My Mind about Language Policy

When I first started studying language policy, I thought I knew where it came from, how it worked, and why it mattered. In my view at the time, language policy was about national politicians trying to...

Katherine S. Flowers | 13 Mar 2024

The Truth About Energy is the truth about change.

A quick Internet search reveals various Truth About books: on nutrition, cancer, Covid, vinyl records, lies, …, to name a few. But whose truth should we believe, learn about, or invest precious time...

John K. White | 8 Mar 2024

Myths and Open Questions of Quantum Mechanics

After a hundred years, the field of quantum mechanics still has much to cause us to ponder. Nevertheless, science has progressed, and we know more than we used to know.  Among the things that have...

David W, Snoke | 8 Mar 2024

We should “rethink corruption”

Have we reached a plateau in our understanding of corruption? I believe so. It’s time to push the boundaries of this discourse, moving what is currently at the periphery of the debate to the forefront...

Lucio Picci | 28 Feb 2024

A Practical Guide to Discussing What Matters Most with Seriously Ill Patients

Navigating Communication with Seriously Ill Patients, Balancing Honesty with Empathy and Hope – The VitalTalk Method is a book written for all clinicians who want to communicate better with seriously...

Elise C. Carey, Gordon J. Wood, Holly B. Yang | 28 Feb 2024

Aztecs: Image and Reality

When I tell anyone what I study, people (even sometimes other academics) think it’s weird, distasteful, or just arcane. If the Indigenous population of the Americas is often seen as an “other,”...

Susan Kellogg | 28 Feb 2024

The Limits of Electoral Democracy: Recovering a Lost Chapter of Anti-Colonialism

In February 1946, the Indian nationalist leader Narendra Deva (1889-1956), who had just spent three long years being held in prison at Ahmednagar Fort by British authorities, published a short essay on...

Tejas Parasher | 27 Feb 2024