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Portable, Digital Heritage and Memories of Place

BY ANDREW REINHARD, author of ARCHAEOGAMING: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games

Starting screen from Fallout (1997) featuring iconic power armor helmet.

September 12 marks the 22nd annual National Video Games Day, a day with hazy origins. When I think about time and video games, a few things come to mind: anniversaries of course, release dates, retirement dates. I found myself wondering: what commercial games premiered in September 1997, the first official #VideoGamesDay (which was the first year I could start buying games for myself with discretionary income)? There are some classics, all for Windows/DOS: Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Ultima Online, Fallout. There are also some games lost to time: Breath of Fire III, Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far, Panzer General II, Poy Poy, and Total Annihilation.

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We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History, and Museum Studies along with our new in paperback titles and new Berghahn journal issues published in August.

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WILDER THAN WILD: Fire, Forests and the Future

Stephen Most’s 2018 documentary WILDER THAN WILD: Fire, Forests and the Future recounts recent California megafires of 2013 and 2017, revealing how fuel build-up and climate change have exposed Western wildlands to large, high-intensity wildfires while greenhouse gases released from these fires contribute to global warming. As the Amazon rainforest continues to burn, understanding and awareness of this film’s research and message is more important than ever before.

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A Divided Germany

This week marks the fifty-eighth anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall. The Iron Curtain was assembled in the middle of Berlin in August 1961 and expanded over the following months to ultimately divide West Berlin from the surrounding East Germany, prohibiting East Germans to pass into West Germany for decades. Browse our relevant titles on the history and ramifications of a divided Germany.

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Introducing the AJEC Blog!

Academic Research in the Anthropology of Europe

Berghahn Journals is delighted to announce the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC) Blog! This blog will highlight the research of authors published in AJEC by giving them space to reflect on different aspects of their research and include photos and stories not included in their scholarly journal article. It will additionally introduce readers to the editors of the Journal by way of short interviews, giving readers insight into the AJEC and giving the editors opportunity to offer sage advice on the submission process, particularly for early career anthropologists. Read More

To kick off the blog, the first post is an interview with Ullrich Kockel. Professor Kockel has been an editor of AJEC for over a decade. In this interview, he reflects on his experience editing AJEC.

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August 9, 2019

The United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to honor the estimated 370 million indigenous people around the world. The day was established to recognize the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva in 1982.

This year’s theme is indigenous languages. While indigenous people speak the majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages, the UN estimates that every two weeks an indigenous language disappears, threatening the survival of the respective cultures and knowledge systems. This day’s goal is to “draw attention to the critical loss of indigenous language and the urgent need to preserve, revitalize, and promote them at both national and international levels.”

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In recognition, Berghahn Journals is offering full access to Sibirica until August 16. To access, use promo code IDP19. View redemption instructions.

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World Breastfeeding Week 2019


World Breastfeeding Week is held yearly from 1st to 7th of August in more than 120 countries. Being organized by WABA, WHO and UNICEF, the goal is to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life which yields tremendous health benefits, providing critical nutrients, protection from deadly diseases and fostering growth. To learn more please visit

Just a reminder that Berghahn Books turns 25 this year and to mark this important milestone, we are offering 25% off all books. For print titles, please add the coupon code BB25. For eBooks, the discount is automatic.

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We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, German Studies, History and Sociology, along with our new in paperback titles and new Berghahn Journal issues published in July.

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Eiffel Tower, Fireworks, Paris, Monument, Architecture
Celebrated on July, 14, Bastille Day is the French national day and one of the most important bank holidays in France. The day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789, a medieval fortress and prison which was a symbol of tyrannical Bourbon authority and had held many political dissidents, and symbolizes the end of absolute monarchy and the birth of sovereign Nation.
In recognition of the 230th anniversary, Berghahn Journals would like to offer FULL ACCESS to French Politics, Culture & Society* until July 28!
To access, use the code BastilleDay19. View redemption instructions.

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Visit Berghahn Books at the AIBR 2019 Conference!

CAB1_EN.fwWe are delighted to inform you that we will be represented by Iberian Book Services at the AIBR conference in Madrid, Spain on July 9 – 12, 2019. Please stop by to browse our latest selection of books at special discounted prices and pick up FREE journal samples.
If you are unable to attend, we would like to provide you with a special discount offer of 25% off all Anthropology titles found on our website. At checkout, simply enter the discount code BB25.
Visit our website­ to browse new enhanced subject searching features­ for a complete listing of titles and don’t forget about our expanding list of eBooks available for download directly via our site. Visit our Anthropology eBook site.


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