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Writing a Biography on Baldomero Espartero

Writing a Biography on Baldomero Espartero

The Sword of Luchana tells the story of the charismatic nineteenth-century figure Baldomero Espartero. Adrian Shubert tells us why he decided to write a biography on Baldomero Espartero, an enigmatic figure who went on to become the most influential general in nineteenth century Spanish politics.

Canada Votes, 2021

Canada Votes, 2021

Canadians will head to the polls on September 20th, in what will be the shortest election campaign ever. The authors of Absent Mandate write on the blog about what we can expect from the upcoming campaign.

Hidden Engines of Meritocracy

Hidden Engines of Meritocracy

James Elwick, author of Making a Grade discusses his new book and looks at how standardized testing practices quietly appeared during the Victorian era, and then spread worldwide.

Chocolate’s Transatlantic Journey from Exotic to Everyday

Chocolate’s Transatlantic Journey from Exotic to Everyday

Author Erin Alice Cowling tells us more about her forthcoming book, Chocolate: How a New World Commodity Conquered Spanish Literature which provides a fascinating and worldly narrative about one of the most beloved foods of all time.

Does Canada’s Federal System Lead to Better Policy?

Does Canada’s Federal System Lead to Better Policy?

Brendan Boyd and Andrea Olive tell us about their new book, Provincial Policy Laboratories, and explain why it should be a must-read for scholars, students, and policymakers interested in Canadian public policy.

Inside Akunin’s Literary Project

Inside Akunin’s Literary Project

The Akunin Project is the first book to study the fiction and popular history of Grigorii Chkhartishvili, who published over sixty books under pen names including Boris Akunin, one of the most popular and prolific Russian writers of the twenty-first century. Elena V. Baraban and Stephen M. Norris offer us a glimpse into the mysterious persona of Russia’s Bestselling Author.

A New Globalisation?

A New Globalisation?

Author Fiona Moore discusses the research that went into her new book, Global Taiwanese: Asian Skilled Labour Migrants in a Changing World, and discusses why globalisation is far from over.

Prosecuting Single Mothers for Infanticide

Prosecuting Single Mothers for Infanticide

The Trial of Jeanne Catherine is a page-turning translation of a seventeenth-century infanticide trial that tells the story of a single mother accused of poisoning two children, one of whom was her own. In this post, author Sara Beams tells us more about this suspenseful historical mystery.

The Need for Employers to Recognize and Reduce Ageism

The Need for Employers to Recognize and Reduce Ageism

The Canadian population is aging, bringing with it an increasing number of social and economic challenges, including an aging workforce. Author Ellie Berger discusses some first-hand accounts of older workers in Canada and provides suggestions for employers to help reduce ageism in their organizations.

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