[Free eBook & Audiobook] Velfærd by Carsten Jensen [Danish Academic Social Welfare Political Essay]

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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[Free eBook] Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity [Classical Greek Literature Studies]

Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, is his vintage classical literature studies text, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1978 by Southern Illinois University Press as part of their Literary Structures series and credited as by Kenneth John Atchity and contains a foreword by series editor the late John Gardner, who was a notable novelist and literary critic in his own right.

The book thoroughly examines and interprets the titular classic ancient Greek epic from what was hailed as a fresh perspective at the time, and as Atchity’s Ph.D. dissertation, was awarded Yale University’s John Addison Porter Prize.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Reformationen by Bo Kristian Holm [Danish Academic History & Theology Essay]

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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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Demokrati by Svend-Erik Skaaning [Danish Academic Political Science Essay]

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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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Tal by Henrik Kragh Sørensen [Danish Mathematics Academic Essay]

Tal (Number) by Henrik Kragh Sørensen, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at Aarhus University, is the 47th 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 apparently explains the fiddlier points of numbers and various related mathematical concepts such as infinity and how “guess my number” games work, for the non-numerically inclined.

Offered through March 13th, available DRM-free worldwide with an accompanying MP3 audiobook.

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[Free eBook] Living Wellsprings: The Hymns, Songs and Poems of N.F.S. Grundtvig [19th C Danish Literature]

Living Wellsprings: The Hymns, Songs and Poems of N.F.S. Grundtvig edited and translated by Edward Broadbridge, British expat and long-term resident of Denmark, is the 2nd volume in the N.F.S. Grundtvig: Works in English series collecting and translating the works of the noted Danish historical figure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This volume in the series contains the translated poetry, psalms, and other songs written by N. F. S. Grundtvig, a highly influential 19th century Danish author, philosopher, and teacher whose proposed models for continuing education are still used today, and includes an introduction by author Uffe Jonas, who has composed a number of musical settings for Grundtvig’s words. While not exactly an annotated edition, many of the psalms and poems are footnoted with brief but helpful explanations for references and imagery which might not be obvious to a non-Danish, non-19th century, non-religious reader; and there’s a listing of the context of each work as it fits into the late author’s personal timeline and creative intentions.

Offered through the month of March, available DRM-free worldwide.

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[Free eBook] Lincoln’s Constitution by Daniel Farber [US Law & Political Issues History]

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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[Free eBook] Libraries and Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Norway and the Outer World by Gina Dahl [Travel Literature History]

Libraries and Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Norway and the Outer World by Gina Dahl is her history of the rise in popularity and availability of books about travel and discovery and their impact on society, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is an accessibly-written academic book about books, specifically the impact that the greater availability of books about things outside of early modern Norway had on the people of Norway, who were able to do “virtual travel” to other worlds by means of armchair-discovering the foreign places and cultures described in said books. While this does concentrate mainly on the availability of and impact of such books in Norway specifically, some of it also appears to cover the greater trend for such travelogue and discovery-type books in the wider world of the Enlightenment, also examining the attitudes expressed by the authors of particular well-known titles and their apparent reception by the popular audience.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through the month of February, directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Stoleleg: Jørgen Leths verdener by Dan Ringgaard [Danish Filmmaker Career Retrospective]

Stoleleg: Jørgen Leths verdener (Chair Games: The Worlds of Jørgen Leth) by Dan Ringgaard, a Professor in the Communication and Culture department at Aarhus University and a recipient of the Georg Brandes Prize for literary criticism, is his Danish-language creative career retrospective about the noted filmmaker, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This was published to coincide with Jørgen Leth‘s 75th birthday, according to the official announcement on Leth’s blog, and is a Danish-language retrospective appreciation cum critical examination of his life and times and works. While Leth is best known to international audiences as a filmmaker, he is apparently also a poet and has dabbled in journalism, sports, and other fields which author Ringgaard covers in a series of essays, apparently from a somewhat personal perspective, drawing from his own encounters with Leth and his resulting views of the man’s work over the decades.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through the month of February, directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Viden by Kristian Hvidtfeldt Nielsen [Danish Academic Knowledge Research Essay]

Viden (Knowledge) by Kristian Hvidtfeldt Nielsen, an associate professor and science history researcher at Aarhus University, is the 46th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) of series of accessibly-written Danish-language short introductory essays on various academic topics meant for a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language essay covers the topic of knowledge, apparently dipping into a mix of philosophy, pop culture, and scientific research into consciousness to explore the ways in which we are capable of knowing and expressing what we know, or don’t know, or know that we don’t know, or don’t know how to express, etc.

Offered DRM-free worldwide with an accompanying MP3 audiobook, available through February 13th.

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