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In 2017, Finland celebrated the 100th anniversary of its independence. Hundreds of cultural events took place throughout the year in commemoration – the most festive of which was a grand reception on the 6th December at the Residence of the President of Finland.

As a continuation of Finland’s forward-looking vision, cultural representatives have embraced the most exciting way to provide future generations with a snapshot of contemporary Finland during this year of celebration: a time capsule!

Buried under the heart of Kuopio and sealed on the 15th of December, the project, entitled Suomi 100 + 100 (‘Finland 100 + 100’), is an extensive collection of deeply-personal artifacts, all pertaining to the life of the Finnish people in 2017. With information and works of art that range in subject from politics to science, business to the arts, the capsule aims to provide those who open it in 2117 with a comprehensive understanding of their country as it was in the 21st century, as a preservation of heritage and a celebration of history.

Among the variety of artifacts included in the capsule was McFarland’s Modern Finland by Harald Haarmann, which provides a multifaceted view of 21st-century Finland. Discussing everything from the geographic and natural history to the Finnish educational system, the book gives a glimpse into the features of ‘Finnishness’ and explores the early peoples and modern populations of the country.

The author’s intention is to instruct the future generations of his family to keep the 200th anniversary of Finnish independence in mind, where he hopes that his descendants might attend the reopening ceremony and discover the work of their ancestor – along with the population of 22nd century Finland!

Modern Finland
, from McFarland, is available on the Eurospan Bookstore now.

The list of women who inspired and uplifted the golden eras of 20th-century Hollywood is long and filled with household names. Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh, Doris Day, and Elizabeth Taylor all come to mind before the protagonist of the new romantic film, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

Following the last days of Gloria Grahame, the underappreciated former star of stage and screen, the film shadows Grahame (Annette Bening) as she succumbs to illness before a performance and returns to Liverpool to seek comfort from an old flame, Peter Turner (Jamie Bell). Based on Turner’s memoir of the same name, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is a touching look at the tumultuous life of a forgotten Hollywood icon.

It might be considered serendipitous for the film to be released in this cultural moment, following the revelations of industry-wide mistreatment and abuse of women in film, and the social media storm that these stories have inspired. Decades earlier, Grahame had herself been a victim of Hollywood’s dark side – forced into plastic surgery, attacked by lawyers and the press during her divorces, and physically beaten in films such as Human Desire, Grahame’s experiences bear a poignant relevance today.

Grahame was a talented and multi-faceted actress, working in genres ranging from noir to blockbuster musical, and her comprehensive career is explored in Robert J. Lentz’s Gloria Grahame, Bad Girl of Film Noir, published by McFarland. Compiling her feature film roles, including It’s a Wonderful Life and Oklahoma!, alongside a multitude of made-for-television productions, TV series appearances, and stage performances, Lentz explores the relationship between these roles and her turbulent personal life.

Though her legacy may have been superseded by icons of Old Hollywood glamour, this book and the new film both seek to reclaim Grahame from the depths of cinema history – giving her life and career the time in the spotlight that it deserves.

Music in the 1980s was a cacophony of genre. From rap – and artists such as Grandmaster Flash and Run DMC – to R&B, New Wave, and heavy metal, the decade was filled with musical innovation and success – and in no genre more so than dance pop.

Dance pop in the 1980s represented a fusion of musical style, an exciting new take on popular music that used electronics to create anthemic songs, which have endured well into the present day. From Dead or Alive to Milli Vanilli, the musical legacy of 1980s pop music transcended its time and is still widely adored today.

The lasting power of these songs, as well as the creative minds, lifestyles, and work processes behind them, are the focal point of McFarland author James Arena’s new title, Europe’s Stars of ‘80s Dance Pop. Comprised of original interviews with 32 of the industry’s most widely adored creatives, ‘80s Dance Pop deconstructs the music and careers of some of the most celebrated ‘80s stars, gaining personal insight into the workings of the pop industry in its best-remembered era.

This new text is filled with fascinating dialogues with industry professionals, such as Yasmin Evans (of Yazz fame):

“Success in the music industry is a powerful, emotive road to be on; that’s for sure. The nature of the beast of success is that it wants to be maintained, nurtured and kept going. It’s simply not happy to have one hit; there have to be more. […] I couldn’t believe it—the pressure was so intense early on. You are number one pretty much all over Europe and other continents, and it felt like it happened too quickly—way too quickly."

It also includes in-depth, personal interviews with some of the 1980s’ biggest music stars, including Pete Burns, of Dead or Alive:

"I’m really not interested in what people think of me, especially the negativity. As a living human being, I’ve refused to pay any attention to it. […] With the music, I’ve said before that you’re buying the record, not me. Thank you for buying the record, but you haven’t bought me.”

Europe’s Stars of ‘80s Dance Pop also features special forewords by Dallas star Audrey Landers and Academy Award-winning legend Mel Brooks, who discusses his 1983 film To Be or Not to Be – and its controversial accompanying song:

"They wouldn’t play it on the radio or television in America. They thought the video was a little too sexy and a little too out there. […] But the Germans did have something I believe was called the cinema club, sort of an underground movie theater circuit, and there must have been a thousand of those places all throughout the country. If we made any money from the film, it was there.”

This new McFarland title is available to order now from the Eurospan Bookstore, along with a wider selection of James Arena's titles, which provide in-depth perspectives on a multitude of musical styles across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

We are delighted to announce that, as of 1 September 2017, titles published by the American Educational Research Association are now available worldwide, excluding North America.

Founded in 1916, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. AERA's more than 25,000 members include faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other distinguished professionals with rich and diverse expertise in education research. They work in a range of settings from universities and other academic institutions to research institutes, schools, testing companies, and non-profit organizations. Its publications include the bestselling titles Standards for Education and Psychological Testing and Handbook of Research in Teaching.

Citizenship Education and Global Migration
Implications for Theory, Research, and Teaching
Edited by James A. Banks
This groundbreaking book describes theory, research, and practice that can be used in civic education courses and programs to help students from marginalized and minoritized groups in nations around the world attain a sense of structural integration and political efficacy within their nation-states, develop civic participation skills, and reflective cultural, national, and global identities.
Handbook of Research on Teaching
Fifth Edition
Edited by Drew H. Gitomer & Courtney A. Bell
This fully-updated edition fifth edition is an essential resource for students and scholars dedicated to the study of teaching and learning. It covers a vast array of topics ranging from the history of teaching to technological and literacy issues. In each authoritative chapter, the authors summarize the state of the field while providing a conceptual overview of a critical aspect of research on teaching.
Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing
American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association & the National Council on Measurement in Education
Written for the professional and the educated lay person, this work constitutes a valuable reference for professional test developers, sponsors, publishers, users, and students in the fields of education and psychology. It provides guidelines on constructing performance tests, questionnaires, and structured behaviour samples.

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