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New OA book: “Jeremiah Smith, Jr. and Hungary, 1924–1926” by Zoltán Peterecz

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Academic publisher Versita has recently introduced a new OA title in its social science and humanities Open Access Book Series.

“Jeremiah Smith, Jr. and Hungary, 1924–1926” by Zoltán Peterecz discusses the official and unofficial trends in the foreign policy of the United States after World War I andpresents the personality and work of Jeremiah Smith, Jr. (1870–1935), the League of Nations Commissioner-General for the 1924 loan to Hungary. This title is a thoroughly produced analysis of an interesting time in the post First World War international relations.

Dr. Peterecz combines the diplomatic and economic history against the background of international events, and supports the narrative with an impressive body of diverse sources, which include archival materials, contemporary newspaper citations from a number of countries, and an extensive range of secondary sources.

The author of the monograph raises such topics as the postwar financial scene in the context of the United States and the League of Nations, Hungary’s path to the membership of theLeague of Nations, as well as raising the Hungarian loan. Dr. Peterecz also presents the personality and work of Jeremiah Smith, Jr.

Zoltán Peterecz was awarded his PhD by the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, in 2010. He specialises in American foreign policy and American-Hungarian relations in the 20th century. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of American Studies, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, Hungary.

This publication is an example of an interesting trend. An Open Access model perfectly suits books that deal with a selective segment of a scientific discipline. This kind of workis very often lost from sight in the traditional publishing model, simply because, regardless of the merit of the work, the number of interested readers of a specialized monograph may be limited. Very often, scientific publishers that rely on the sale of books or on subscriptions are reluctant to publish a narrowly focused item. For such works, Open Access may the right distribution channel, helping authors to make their work more visible, reach a larger number of readers, and to gain a higher level of citation.

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