Velfærd (Welfare) by Carsten Jensen, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the 50th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This political science essay examines the social welfare state in Denmark.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through June 16th, available directly from the university’s website.
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Creating Freedom: Power, Control, and the Fight For Our Future by London-resident author Raoul Martinez, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and artist, is his political philosophy treatise cum awareness activism manifesto, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Canongate Books.
This is the book which accompanies the eponymous 2012 documentary which netted him a Best Documentary nom at the London Raindance Film Festival and won the Hollywood Artist Festival’s Activist Spirit 2012 Award, and is being made free as part of a special publisher giveaway to help spread political awareness for the current British elections.
The book focuses on the historical roots and ensuing development of certain conditions which are hot topics in current events especially the dichotomy between so-called “freedom” in present society and actual liberty.
Offered in the UK only, possibly just through June 8th to coincide with the British elections, available at multiple retailers. An additional audio interview with the author is available worldwide.
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Reformationen (The Reformation) by Bo Kristian Holm, an associate professor studying theology at the School of Culture & Society at Aarhus University, is the 49th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This Danish-language essay covers the roots of the Protestant Reformation sparked by the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 theses in the 16th century, and the ensuing theological and political effects which carry on to this day.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through May 8th, available directly from the university’s website.
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Demokrati (Democracy) by Svend-Erik Skaaning, a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the the 48th in the Tænkepauser (Thinking Breaks) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays meant to introduce academic topics to a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This essay covers democracy in its good and bad points, apparently based on the premise of Winston Churchill’s observation about how democracy would be the worst form of government, if it were not for all the other even worse forms of government that have been tried.
Offered through April 10th, available DRM-free worldwide with an accompanying MP3 audiobook.
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Lincoln’s Constitution by author and historian Daniel Farber, the Sho Sato Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, among other honours, is his history of constitutional law issues related to the US Civil War, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the University of Chicago Press.
This is an accessibly-written history cum analysis of how the titular president dealt with constitutional issues arising from the US Civil War, placing them into their historical context with the assorted events and political pressures surrounding Lincoln’s decisions, and extrapolating the lessons to be learned in their applicability to current interpretations of the law today (as of circa 2003, when this was originally published).
Offered worldwide throughout the month of March, available directly from the publisher.
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The Fear of Barbarians: Beyond the Clash of Civilizations by Tzvetan Todorov, an award-winning Bulgarian-French historian, critic, and essayist, is his political philosophy book tying together historical attitudes leading into current events, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher University of Chicago Press.
This is an English-language translation of the original French La peur des barbares : au-delà du choc des civilisations, published in 2008 by Robert Laffont, translated by Andrew Brown. Apparently, this book gives a slightly different take on the roots of the current tensions between Middle East and West, drawn from the author’s own personal experience growing up in communist Bulgaria and immigrating to France, evaluating and arguing for a shift in the balance between fear of imported ideology and ideals of freedom and tolerance, as used by western locals and applied to foreign immigrants.
Offered worldwide, available through the month of February, directly from the publisher.
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Oplysningens verden (The World of the Enlightenment: Ideas, history, knowledge, art) edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet is a volume in their Verdensbøger (World Books) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series. This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the Age of Enlightenment which followed the Renaissance in Western Europe, which was at its peak during the 18th century. Included are essays about art, literature, philosophy, etc. about both the Nordic regions and the wider world, lavishly illustrated with period paintings and photographs of documents and other artifacts.
Offered through the month of December, available worldwide DRM-free.
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Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities by Carl H. Nightingale, an associate professor of urban and world history at the University of Buffalo, is his book providing an overview and analysis of historical and modern-day human tendency to divide the inhabitants of cities up by sometimes fairly arbitrary and rather discriminatory criteria, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is part of the UCP’s Historical Studies of Urban America series, and is an accessibly-written academic examination of contemporary trends around the world in urban city segregation by class, race, and other divisions and their roots in historical attitudes and practices as well as modern viewpoints. Despite the series name, this book actually devotes a great deal of space to global regions throughout time and space, from British and French colonialism in India and Southeast Asia to apartheid in South Africa, even going as far back as Ancient Babylon.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through November.
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Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones, a Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii, is his non-fiction sociopolitical book about the current refugee crisis, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.
This is an accessibly-written pop academic title which covers the various recent crises involving refugees, examining the global responses to and underlying contributing factors of, with a special focus on cross-border mobility as related to economic disparity.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through midnight GMT on November 19th. ETA: this offer appears to have been quietly extended through the weekend.
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Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by award-winning author and activist Rebecca Solnit, a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, is her combined memoir and recent history of political and other activism, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Haymarket Books.
This is an updated version of the original 2004 book, with a new foreword and afterword and covers political, environmental, and other issues. Apparently, the original was a highly influential motivational memoir & mini-history of global activism experiences in recent decades which analyzed both surface and underlying issues and presented derived life lessons for helping to change and improve the world.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through November 16th.
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