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International Day of Families

In the 1993, May 15 was declared as International Day of Families by the United Nations to provide awareness of family related issues and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. This year’s theme is Families and Urbanization.

In recognition of the day, Berghahn is pleased to highlight family related books and journal articles.

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Readings on Abortion

In an effort to further public understanding of abortion and Roe v. Wade, we are offering free access to these relevant journal articles and book chapters.

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In recognition of VE Day

Victory in Europe Day is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of Second World War in Europe.

In recognition of the day Berghahn is pleased to offer a selection of our WWII History books, including a selection of Open Access titles. In addition, Berghahn Journals would like to highlight relevant special issues from select history journals.

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Excerpt: Time and Midwifery Practice

The International Day of the Midwife (5 May) has been celebrated every year since 1992, recognizing the vital role midwives play in reproductive care. This year’s theme, Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives, focuses on coming together as a global midwife community to advocate for investment in quality midwifery care around the world, improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the process. To learn more and get involved, visit the International Confederation of Midwives’ official site.

In commemoration, we are featuring an excerpt from CHILDBIRTH, MIDWIFERY AND CONCEPTS OF TIME edited by Christine McCourt.

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Dance into International Dance Day

International Dance Day (April 29) was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO. The main purpose of this day is to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language – dance. For more information please visit the official site.

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Remembering the Chernobyl Disaster

In the early morning hours of April 26, 1986 there was a nuclear accident at one of the reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, located near the city of Pripyat, in the north of the Ukrainian SSR in the Soviet Union, creating what many consider to be the worst disaster in the history of nuclear power generation. The accident caused the largest uncontrolled radioactive release into the environment ever recorded. Even after so many years of scientific research and investigations the questions about Chernobyl’s long-term health effects to the general population and environmental impact remain unanswered. To learn more please visit

Remembering the Chernobyl disaster, Berghahn would like to bring to your attention a range of relevant nuclear studies titles.

The Meanings of a Disaster: Chernobyl and Its Afterlives in Britain and France

Chernobyl and Its Afterlives in Britain and France

Karena Kalmbach

“Through wide-ranging and careful research, Karena Kalmbach elaborates the many ways in which the Chernobyl accident became a European historical event closely turning around national politics in Great Britain and France. Kalmbach shows the irony of transnational nuclear technologies and nuclear fallout confined in national discourse.” • Kate Brown, MIT

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The Chernobyl Effect: Antinuclear Protests and the Molding of Polish Democracy, 1986–1990

Forthcoming September 2022

Antinuclear Protests and the Molding of Polish Democracy, 1986–1990

Kacper Szulecki, Janusz Waluszko, and Tomasz Borewicz

The 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe was not only a human and ecological disaster, but also a political-ideological one, severely discrediting Soviet governance and galvanizing dissidents in the Eastern Bloc. In the case of Poland, what began as isolated protests against the Soviet nuclear site grew to encompass domestic nuclear projects in general, and in the process spread across the country and attracted new segments of society.

Taking on Technocracy: Nuclear Power in Germany, 1945 to the Present


Nuclear Power in Germany, 1945 to the Present

Dolores L. Augustine

“Augustine’s broad coverage of the scientific and emotional stakes of nuclear power in both German states amid the Cold War make this a vital read for historians interested in environmentalism and new social movements. Engagingly written, it is accessible to advanced undergraduates as well.” • American Historical Review

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France, Germany, and Nuclear Deterrence: Quarrels and Convergences during the Cold War and Beyond

Quarrels and Convergences during the Cold War and Beyond

Edited by Nicolas Badalassi and Frédéric Gloriant

Grounded in cutting-edge research and freshly discovered archival sources, France, Germany, and Nuclear Deterrence teases out the paradoxical nuclear interactions between France and Germany from 1954 to the present day.

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The Nuclear Crisis: The Arms Race, Cold War Anxiety, and the German Peace Movement of the 1980s

The Arms Race, Cold War Anxiety, and the German Peace Movement of the 1980s

Edited by Christoph Becker-Schaum, Philipp Gassert, Wilfried Mausbach, Martin Klimke, and Marianne Zepp

“[This volume consists] of nineteen erudite and informative contributions by an extraordinary series of contributors — making it an unreservedly recommended publication for college and university library Nuclear Weapons & Warfare History, War & Peace, and Political Advocacy collections.” • Midwest Book Review

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Of Related Interest from Berghahn Journals


Between ‘Greatness’ and ‘Ignorance’: The Transition to Nuclear Power in Turkey
Sezin Topçu (Vol. 14, Issue 2)


Confronting Nuclear Risks: Counter-Expertise as Politics Within the French Nuclear Energy Debate
Sezin Topçu (Vol. 3, Issue 2)

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Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

Visitors mourn at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia (2015). David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is held annually on April 24th to recognize and mourn more than 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide, the most tragic element of Armenian history.

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Shakespeare Day

Widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist, William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor. Shakespeare’s plays being translated in over 50 languages and performed across the globe for audiences of all ages. Shakespeare was also an actor and the creator of the Globe Theatre, a historical theatre, and company that is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

In recognition of Shakespeare’s birth and death day,  we are delighted to showcase our growing book series, SHAKESPEARE &, exploring Shakespeare and his work outside the lens of traditional literary studies. By intersecting the worlds beyond fiction and poetry with those disciplines outside of literature and drama, this series offers nuanced approaches that reveal a more diverse and complex legacy left by Shakespeare.

Berghahn Journals is also offering FULL ACCESS to Critical Survey* until April 29, 2022! To access, use the code Shakespeare22. View redemption instructions.

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Celebrating Earth Day

Celebrated April 22nd, Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. For this year’s theme and more information visit

In joining the celebration, Berghahn Books is pleased to offer a selection of our Open Access titles on Environmental Studies. Berghahn Journals is also offering full access to Nature and Culture and the back issues of our two open access journals, Environment and Society & Religion and Society, until May 6, 2022. See below for details.

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Celebrating International Day for Monuments and Sites

Celebrated yearly on April 18th, the International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day, encourages local communities and individuals throughout the world to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives and to promote awareness of its diversity and vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it. For information on this year’s theme please visit ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) webpage

In joining the celebration, Berghahn Books is pleased to offer 25% discount, valid for next 30 days, on relevant Heritage Studies titles. At checkout, simply enter the code IDMS22. Berghahn is also offering FREE access to relevant journals content until April 25, 2022. View the featured content below.
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