Schiffer Publishing

Summary

Schiffer Publishing
Founded1974
FoundersPeter and Nancy Schiffer[1]
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationAtglen, Pennsylvania USA
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsAntiques, architecture and design, arts and crafts, collectibles, lifestyle, military history, militaria
Official websitewww.schifferbooks.com Edit this at Wikidata

Schiffer Publishing Ltd. (also known as Schiffer Military History) is a family-owned publisher of nonfiction books founded in 1974. [2] Based in Atglen, Pennsylvania, its coverage includes antiques, architecture and design, arts and crafts, collectibles, lifestyle, children's books, regional, military history, militaria,[3] tarot and oracle, and mind, body, and spirit. Schiffer's military imprint has been criticized by two American historians as providing a distorted portrayal of the German armed forces during World War II.

In 2009, Schiffer Publishing acquired Cornell Maritime Press/Tidewater Publishers.[1] In October 2020 Schiffer Publishing announced their purchase of Thrums Books which specializes in telling the stories of indigenous craft traditions from around the world. Its award-winning, illustrated titles have featured artisans in Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, Morocco, Afghanistan, China and more. [4]

Reception

Schiffer Publishing has been described by American historians Ronald Smelser and Edward J. Davies in their 2006 work The Myth of the Eastern Front as one of the leading publishers of war romancing literature, second in North America only to the Canadian publisher J.J. Fedorowicz. According to Smelser and Davies, Schiffer provides a platform for authors who present an uncritical and ahistorical portrayal of the German war effort during the Soviet-German war of 1941–1945.[5]

Schiffer has a strong focus on the German side of the conflict, with 204 titles in its 1996 military history catalogue being dedicated to the German war effort, out of a total of 234 titles. The catalogue described one of Schiffer's titles as the story of "the great aces" who "could not win, yet they fought to the final hour in an unforgettable combat saga".[6]

References

General references

  • Smelser, Ronald; Davies, Edward J. (2008). The Myth of the Eastern Front: The Nazi-Soviet War in American Popular Culture. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-83365-3.

Inline citations

  1. ^ a b La Prade, J. (2009, August 5). Schiffer Publishing buys Cornell Maritime Press/ Tidewater Publishers. MyEasternShoreMD. https://www.myeasternshoremd.com/archives/schiffer-publishing-buys-cornell-maritime-press-tidewater-publishers/article_b5960205-67c1-5874-bea7-8dc31ef1b870.html
  2. ^ "Thursday, October 10 Dedicated Issue: Schiffer Publishing".
  3. ^ "Thursday, October 10 Dedicated Issue: Schiffer Publishing".
  4. ^ "Shelf Awareness for Tuesday, October 6, 2020".
  5. ^ Smelser & Davies 2008, pp. 158, 159.
  6. ^ Smelser & Davies 2008, p. 130.

External links

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