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Ever wanted to know what happened during the Spanish Civil War? What the Koran really says? Or why Plato's ideas still matter today?

Ideal for train journeys, holidays, and as a quick catch-up for busy people who want something intellectually stimulating, Very Short Introductions combine authoritative analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable.

These books can change the way you think about the things that interest you, and are the perfect introduction to subjects you previously knew nothing about. Because of this, they have proven to be extremely popular with general readers, as well as undergraduate students and their lecturers.

So, where's the gap in your knowledge? ..."
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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 72 books in this booklist

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  • Cover image of book Poverty: A Very Short Introduction by Philip N. Jefferson
    Poverty: A Very Short Introduction - by Philip N. Jefferson

    £7.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780198716471 | ISBN 10: 0198716478

    No one wants to live in poverty. Few people would want others to do so. Yet, millions of people worldwide live in poverty. According to the World Bank, over 700 million people lived on less than US $2 a day in 2013. Why is that? What has been done ab ... more

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  • Cover image of book Marx: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) by Peter Singer
    Marx: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) - by Peter Singer

    £7.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780198821076 | ISBN 10: 0198821077

    Karl Marx is one of the most influential philosophers of all time, whose theories have shaped and directed political, economic, and social thought for 150 years. Considering Marx's life and impact, renowned philosopher Peter Singer identifies the cen ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction by Marina Warner
    Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction - by Marina Warner

    £7.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780199532155 | ISBN 10: 019953215x

    From wicked queens, beautiful princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins, to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences, both adults and childr ... more

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  • Cover image of book Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction by David N. Myers
    Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction - by David N. Myers

    £7.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780199730988 | ISBN 10: 0199730989

    How have the Jews survived? For millennia, they have defied odds by overcoming the travails of exile, persecution, and recurring plans for their annihilation. Many have attempted to explain this singular success as a result of divine intervention.  ... more

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  • Cover image of book International Migration: A Very Short Introduction by Khalid Koser
    International Migration: A Very Short Introduction - by Khalid Koser

    £7.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780198753773 | ISBN 10: 0198753772

    In recent years, global migration has transformed in terms of its numbers and reach, its political significance, and its impact. The rising rates of international migration have been matched by growing public and media interest around the world. Toda ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction by Kim Knott
    Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction - by Kim Knott

    £7.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780198745549 | ISBN 10: 0198745540

    Hinduism is practised by eighty per cent of India's population, and by thirty million people outside India. † In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott combines a succinct and authoritative overview of a major religion with an analysis of the cha ... more

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  • Cover image of book Environmental Politics: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew Dobson
    Environmental Politics: A Very Short Introduction - by Andrew Dobson

    £7.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780199665570 | ISBN 10: 0199665575

    * Covers all the principal areas of environmental politics: its origins; ideas; parties; and the international dimension  * Discussses environmental politics in its historical and comparative context  * Contains a wide range of live ... more

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  • Cover image of book Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew Clapham
    Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction - by Andrew Clapham

    £7.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780198706168 | ISBN 10: 0198706162

    Today it is usually not long before a problem gets expressed as a human rights issue. An appeal to human rights in the face of injustice can be a heartfelt and morally justified demand for some, while for others it remains merely an empty slogan. &nb ... more

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  • Cover image of book Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction by Steven Beller
    Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction - by Steven Beller

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780198724834 | ISBN 10: 0198724837

    This Very Short Introduction examines and untangles the various strands of antisemitism seen throughout history, from medieval religious conflict to 'new' antisemitism in the 21st century. †Steven Beller reveals how the phenomenon grew as a political ... more

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  • Cover image of book Philosophy in the Islamic World: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Adamson
    Philosophy in the Islamic World: A Very Short Introduction - by Peter Adamson

    £7.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780199683673 | ISBN 10: 0199683670

    In the history of philosophy, few topics are so relevant to today's cultural and political landscape as philosophy in the Islamic world. Yet, this remains one of the lesser-known philosophical traditions.   In this Very Short Introduction, Pe ... more

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  • Cover image of book Psychology: A Very Short Introduction by Gillian Butler and Freda McManus
    Psychology: A Very Short Introduction - by Gillian Butler and Freda McManus

    £7.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780199670420 | ISBN 10: 0199670420

    Psychology is part of everyone's experience: it influences the way we think about everything from education and intelligence, to relationships and emotions, advertising and criminality. People readily behave as amateur psychologists, offering explana ... more

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  • Cover image of book American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction by Heather Andrea Williams
    American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction - by Heather Andrea Williams

    £7.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780199922680 | ISBN 10: 0199922683

    * A concise history of slavery in America beginning with the Portuguese capture of Africans in the 1400s * Draws from both historical analyses and a reading of primary documents to explore the history of slavery * Examines legislation that differ ... more

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  • Cover image of book Peace: A Very Short Introduction by Oliver Richmond
    Peace: A Very Short Introduction - by Oliver Richmond

    £7.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780199656004 | ISBN 10: 0199656002

    * Provides a succinct analysis of the evolution of the concept of peace * Clearly explains the concepts, theory, and terminology related to all aspects of peace * Examines the international institutions of peace, civil peace, and conflict resolutio ... more

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  • Cover image of book Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction by Ennis B. Edmonds
    Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction - by Ennis B. Edmonds

    £7.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780199584529 | ISBN 10: 0199584524

    A timely introduction to a rapidly growing religious movement Covers all aspects of the movement - its history, practice, and its global spread Discusses gender issues within Rastafari Examines its influence on cultural and artistic production in ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction by David Carrasco
    The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction - by David Carrasco

    £7.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780195379389 | ISBN 10: 0195379381

    This Very Short Introduction employs the disciplines of history, religious studies, and anthropology as it illuminates the complexities of Aztec life.   Readers meet a people highly skilled in sculpture, astronomy, city planning, poetry, and ... more

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  • Cover image of book Multiculturalism: A Very Short Introduction by Ali Rattansi
    Multiculturalism: A Very Short Introduction - by Ali Rattansi

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780199546039 | ISBN 10: 0199546037

    Multiculturalism appears to be in terminal crisis. It has been blamed for undermining national identity, diluting social cohesion, creating ethnic ghettos and cultural fragmentation, providing fertile ground for Islamic radicalism, encouraging perver ... more

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  • Cover image of book Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction by David Seed
    Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction - by David Seed

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780199557455 | ISBN 10: 0199557454

    Science Fiction has proved notoriously difficult to define. It has been explained as a combination of romance, science and prophecy; as a genre based on an imagined alternative to the reader's environment; and as a form of fantastic fiction and histo ... more

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  • Cover image of book Organizations: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Jo Hatch
    Organizations: A Very Short Introduction - by Mary Jo Hatch

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780199584536 | ISBN 10: 0199584532

    Most of us recognize that organizations are everywhere. You meet them on every street corner in the form of families and shops, study in them, work for them, buy from them, pay taxes to them. But have you given much thought to where they came from, w ... more

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  • Cover image of book Conscience: A Very Short Introduction by Paul Strohm
    Conscience: A Very Short Introduction - by Paul Strohm

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780199569694 | ISBN 10: 019956969x

    Where does our conscience come from? How reliable is it?   In the West conscience has been relied upon for two thousand years as a judgement that distinguishes right from wrong. It has effortlessly moved through every period division and ... more

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  • Cover image of book Derrida: A Very Short Introduction by Simon Glendinning
    Derrida: A Very Short Introduction - by Simon Glendinning

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780192803450 | ISBN 10: 019280345x

    Jacques Derrida, the French philosopher, developed his critical technique known as 'deconstruction'. His work is associated with ideas surrounding both post-structuralism and post-modern philosophy, and he was known to have challenged some of the unq ... more

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  • Cover image of book Madness: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew Scull
    Madness: A Very Short Introduction - by Andrew Scull

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780199608034 | ISBN 10: 0199608032

    Madness is something that frightens and fascinates us all. It is a word with which we are universally familiar, and a condition that haunts the human imagination. Through the centuries, in poetry and in prose, in drama and in the visual arts, its dep ... more

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  • Cover image of book Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A.C. Brown
    Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction - by Jonathan A.C. Brown

    £8.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780199559282 | ISBN 10: 0199559287

    As the founder of Islam Muhammad is one of the most influential figures in history. The furor surrounding the Satanic Verses and the Danish cartoon crisis reminded the world of the tremendous importance of the prophet of Islam, Muhammad. Learning abo ... more

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  • Cover image of book Paganism: A Very Short Introduction by Owen Davies
    Paganism: A Very Short Introduction - by Owen Davies

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780199235162 | ISBN 10: 0199235163

    'Paganism' is an evocative word that, even today, conjures up deep-seated emotions and prejudices. Until recently, it was primarily a derogatory term used by Christians to describe the non-Christian cultures confronted and vanquished by their Churche ... more

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  • Cover image of book Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction by Mark Slobin
    Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction - by Mark Slobin

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780195395020 | ISBN 10: 0195395026

    This stimulating Very Short Introduction throws open the doors on a remarkably diverse musical genre, with a world-wide reach that goes far beyond America's shores to discuss folk music of every possible kind and in every corner of the globe.   ... more

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  • Cover image of book Humanism: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Law
    Humanism: A Very Short Introduction - by Stephen Law

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780199553648 | ISBN 10: 0199553645

    Religion is currently gaining a much higher profile. The number of faith schools is increasingly, and religious points of view are being aired more frequently in the media. As religion's profile rises, those who reject religion, including humanists, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Planets: A Very Short Introduction by David A. Rothery
    Planets: A Very Short Introduction - by David A. Rothery

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780199573509 | ISBN 10: 0199573506

    * Provides an overview of our Solar System and its origins, nature, and evolution * Considers controversial issues, such as what qualifies as a planet * Looks at different types of Solar System objects, such as asteroids, Trans-Neptunian obje ... more

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  • Cover image of book Aristocracy: A Very Short Introduction by William Doyle
    Aristocracy: A Very Short Introduction - by William Doyle

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780199206780 | ISBN 10: 0199206783

    Aristocracies or nobilities dominated the social, economic, and institutional history of all European counties until only a few generations ago. The relics of their power, in traditions and behaviour, in architecture and the arts, are still all aroun ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Blues: A Very Short Introduction by Elijah Wald
    The Blues: A Very Short Introduction - by Elijah Wald

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780195398939 | ISBN 10: 0195398939

    * Features blues stars Ma Rainey, Jelly Roll Morton, W.C. Handy, Alberta Hunter, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake, the Memphis Jug Band, and Charlie Patton† * Provides a concise history of a musical genre that interests b ... more

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  • Cover image of book Modernism: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Butler
    Modernism: A Very Short Introduction - by Christopher Butler

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780192804419 | ISBN 10: 0192804413

    * Provides a coherent account of Modernism across various aesthetic and cultural fields † * Considers several aspects of Modernism including some classic modernist works, movements and notions of the avant garde, and the idea of 'progress' in art † ... more

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  • Cover image of book Neoliberalism:  A Very Short Introduction by Manfred B. Steger and Ravi K. Roy
    Neoliberalism: A Very Short Introduction - by Manfred B. Steger and Ravi K. Roy

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780199560516 | ISBN 10: 019956051x

    * Examines various leaders and regimes; and their related neoliberal ideas   * Explores the major political, economic, and social dimensions of neoliberalism  * Clearly and concisely explains the ideas and leaders at the heart of the subje ... more

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  • Cover image of book Druids: A Very Short Introduction by Barry Cunliffe
    Druids: A Very Short Introduction - by Barry Cunliffe

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780199539406 | ISBN 10: 0199539405

    Who were the Druids? What do we know about them? Do they still exist today?   The Druids first came into focus in Western Europe - Gaul, Britain, and Ireland - in the second century BC. They are a popular subject; they have been known and dis ... more

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  • Cover image of book Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction by Adam J. Silverstein
    Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction - by Adam J. Silverstein

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780199545728 | ISBN 10: 0199545723

    This Very Short Introduction introduces the story of Islamic history; the controversies surrounding its study; and the significance that it holds - for Muslims and for non-Muslims alike.   Opening with a lucid overview of the rise and spread o ... more

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  • Cover image of book Deserts: A Very Short Introduction by Nick Middleton
    Deserts: A Very Short Introduction - by Nick Middleton

    £7.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780199564309 | ISBN 10: 0199564302

    Deserts make up a third of the planet's land surface, but if you picture a desert, what comes to mind? A wasteland? A drought? A place devoid of all life forms?   Deserts are remarkable places. Typified by drought and extremes of temperature, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction by Nigel Warburton
    Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction - by Nigel Warburton

    £7.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780199232352 | ISBN 10: 0199232350

    'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it'  This slogan, attributed to Voltaire, is frequently quoted by defenders of free speech. Yet it is rare to find anyone prepared to defend all expression in every ... more

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  • Cover image of book Nothing: A Very Short Introduction by Frank Close
    Nothing: A Very Short Introduction - by Frank Close

    £7.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780199225866 | ISBN 10: 0199225869

    What is 'nothing'? What remains when you take all the matter away? Can empty space - a void - exist? This Very Short Introduction explores the science and the history of the elusive void: from Aristotle who insisted that the vacuum was impossible, vi ... more

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  • Cover image of book The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction by Michael J. Benton
    The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction - by Michael J. Benton

    £7.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780199226320 | ISBN 10: 0199226326

    There are few stories more remarkable than the evolution of life on earth.   This Very Short Introduction presents a succinct guide to the key episodes in that story - from the very origins of life four million years ago to the extraordinary ... more

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  • Cover image of book Autism: A Very Short Introduction by Uta Frith
    Autism: A Very Short Introduction - by Uta Frith

    £7.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780199207565 | ISBN 10: 0199207569

    What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an autism epidemic? What are the main symptoms, and how does it relate to Asperger syndrome?   Everyone has heard of autism, but the diso ... more

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  • Cover image of book Relativity: A Very Short Introduction by Russell Stannard
    Relativity: A Very Short Introduction - by Russell Stannard

    £7.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780199236220 | ISBN 10: 0199236224

    100 years ago, Einstein's theory of relativity shattered the world of physics. Our comforting Newtonian ideas of space and time were replaced by bizarre and counterintuitive conclusions: if you move at high speed, time slows down, space squashes up a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Scotland: A Very Short Introduction by Rab Houston
    Scotland: A Very Short Introduction - by Rab Houston

    £7.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780199230792 | ISBN 10: 019923079x

    Since Devolution in 1999 Scotland has become a focus of intense interest both within Britain and throughout the wider world.   In this Very Short Introduction, Rab Houston explores how an independent Scottish nation emerged in the Middle Ages ... more

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  • Cover image of book Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction by Richard Bellamy
    Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction - by Richard Bellamy

    £7.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780192802538 | ISBN 10: 0192802534

    Interest in citizenship has never been higher. But what does it mean to be a citizen of a modern, complex community? Why is citizenship important? Can we create citizenship, and can we test for it?   In this fascinating Very Short Introductio ... more

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  • Cover image of book Mandela: A Very Short Introduction by Tom Lodge
    Mandela: A Very Short Introduction - by Tom Lodge

    £7.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780192803016 | ISBN 10: 0192803018

    As well as being a remarkable statesman and one of the world's longest-detained political prisoners, Nelson Mandela has become an exemplary figure of non-racialism and democracy, a moral giant. Once a man with an unknown face, he became after his 199 ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction by Terry Eagleton
    The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction - by Terry Eagleton

    £7.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780199532179 | ISBN 10: 0199532176

    'Philosophers have an infuriating habit of analysing questions rather than answering them', writes Terry Eagleton, who, in these pages, asks the most important question any of us ever ask, and attempts to answer it. So what is the meaning of life? &n ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction by Pink Dandelion
    The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction - by Pink Dandelion

    £7.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780199206797 | ISBN 10: 0199206791

    The Quakers are a fascinating religious group both in their origins and in the variety of reinterpretations of the faith since.  Emerging from the social unrest of the English civil war, the Quakers have gone on to have an influence way beyond t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Ken Binmore
    Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction - by Ken Binmore

    £7.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780199218462 | ISBN 10: 0199218463

    Games are everywhere: Drivers manoeuvring in heavy traffic are playing a driving game. Bargain hunters bidding on eBay are playing an auctioning game. A firm negotiating next year's wage is playing a bargaining game. The opposing candidates in an ele ... more

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  • Cover image of book Economics: A Very Short Introduction by Partha Dasgupta
    Economics: A Very Short Introduction - by Partha Dasgupta

    £7.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780192853455 | ISBN 10: 0192853457

    Economics has the capacity to offer us deep insights into some of the most formidable problems of life, and offer solutions to them too. Combining a global approach with examples from everyday life, Partha Dasgupta describes the lives of two children ... more

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  • Cover image of book Chaos: A Very Short Introduction by Leonard Smith
    Chaos: A Very Short Introduction - by Leonard Smith

    £7.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780192853783 | ISBN 10: 0192853783

    Chaos exists in systems all around us. Even the simplest system of cause and effect can be subject to chaos, denying us accurate predictions of its behaviour, and sometimes giving rise to astonishing structures of large-scale order. Our growing under ... more

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  • Cover image of book International Relations: A Very Short Introduction by Paul Wilkinson
    International Relations: A Very Short Introduction - by Paul Wilkinson

    £7.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780192801579 | ISBN 10: 0192801570

    Of undoubtable relevance today, in a post-9-11 world of growing political tension and unease, this Very Short Introduction covers the topics essential to an understanding of modern international relations.   Paul Wilkinson explains the theori ... more

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  • Cover image of book African History: A Very Short Introduction by John Parker and Richard Rathbone
    African History: A Very Short Introduction - by John Parker and Richard Rathbone

    £7.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780192802484 | ISBN 10: 0192802488

    Essential reading for anyone interested in the African continent and the diversity of human history, this Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented.   Key themes in c ... more

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  • Cover image of book Racism: A Very Short Introduction by Ali Rattansi
    Racism: A Very Short Introduction - by Ali Rattansi

    £7.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780192805904 | ISBN 10: 0192805908

    From subtle discrimination in everyday life and scandals in politics, to incidents like lynchings in the American South, cultural imperialism, and 'ethnic cleansing', racism exists in many different forms, in almost every facet of society. But what a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction by Joseph Dan
    Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction - by Joseph Dan

    £7.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780195327052 | ISBN 10: 0195327055

    In Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction, Joseph Dan, one of the world's leading authorities on Jewish mysticism, offers a concise and highly accurate look at the history and character of the various systems developed by the adherents of the Kabbalah. ... more

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  • Cover image of book The First World War: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Howard
    The First World War: A Very Short Introduction - by Michael Howard

    £7.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780199205592 | ISBN 10: 0199205590

    By the time the First World War ended in 1918, eight million people had died in what had been perhaps the most apocalyptic episode the world had known. This very short introduction provides a concise and insightful history of the 'Great War', focusin ... more

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  • Cover image of book Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas R. Flynn
    Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction - by Thomas R. Flynn

    £7.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780192804280 | ISBN 10: 0192804286

    Existentialism was one of the leading philosophical movements of the twentieth century. Focusing on its seven leading figures, Sartre, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty and Camus, this Very Short Introduction provides a cl ... more

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  • Cover image of book Socialism: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Newman
    Socialism: A Very Short Introduction - by Michael Newman

    £8.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780192804310 | ISBN 10: 0192804316

    What is socialism? Does it have a future, or has it become an outdated ideology in the 21st century? Michael Newman examines and explains the successes and failures of modern socialism by taking an international perspective - ranging from communism i ... more

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  • Cover image of book Feminism: A Very Short Introduction by Margaret Walters
    Feminism: A Very Short Introduction - by Margaret Walters

    £7.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780192805102 | ISBN 10: 019280510x

    How much have women's lives really changed? In the West women still come up against the 'glass ceiling' at work, most earning considerably less than their male counterparts. What are we to make of the now commonplace insistence that feminism deprives ... more

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  • Cover image of book Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction by Steven Grosby
    Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction - by Steven Grosby

    £7.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780192840981 | ISBN 10: 0192840983

    This book examines the political and moral challenges that face the vast majority of human beings who consider themselves to be members of various nations. It explores nationality through the difficulties and conflicts that have arisen throughout his ... more

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  • Cover image of book The World Trade Organization: A Very Short Introduction by Amrita Narlikar
    The World Trade Organization: A Very Short Introduction - by Amrita Narlikar

    £7.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780192806086 | ISBN 10: 0192806084

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) is scarcely ten years old, but even in these early years of its existence it has generated debate, controversy and even outrage. Rulings on beef hormones and tuna-dolphin cases provide graphic examples of how the or ... more

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  • Cover image of book Foucault: A Very Short Introduction by Gary Gutting
    Foucault: A Very Short Introduction - by Gary Gutting

    £7.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780192805577 | ISBN 10: 0192805576

    Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Born in 1926 in France, over the course of his life he dabbled in drugs, politics, and the Paris SM scene, all whilst striving to understand the deep concepts of identity, knowl ... more

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  • Cover image of book Kafka: A Very Short Introduction by Ritchie Robertson
    Kafka: A Very Short Introduction - by Ritchie Robertson

    £7.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780192804556 | ISBN 10: 0192804553

    "When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect..." (Franz Kafka) So begins Franz Kafka's most famous story Metamorphosis (1883-1924) - which is among the most intriguing an ... more

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  • Cover image of book Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction by Colin Ward
    Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction - by Colin Ward

    £7.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780192804778 | ISBN 10: 0192804774

    The word 'anarchism' tends to conjure up images of aggressive protest against government. But is it inevitable linked with violent disorder? Do anarchists adhere to a coherent ideology? What exactly is anarchism?   Colin Ward considers anar ... more

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  • Cover image of book Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction by David Miller
    Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction - by David Miller

    £7.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780192803955 | ISBN 10: 0192803956

    This book introduces readers to the concepts of political philosophy. It starts by explaining why the subject is important and how it tackles basic ethical questions such as 'how should we live together in society?'   It looks at politica ... more

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  • Cover image of book Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini
    Atheism: A Very Short Introduction - by Julian Baggini

    £7.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780192804242 | ISBN 10: 0192804243

    Julian Baggini sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and to show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful and moral. He also confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the twentieth century, such as the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction by Edward Craig
    Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction - by Edward Craig

    £7.99   paperback   (2002) - ISBN 13: 9780192854216 | ISBN 10: 0192854216

    How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know?  This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the poin ... more

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  • Cover image of book Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction by Catherine Belsey
    Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction - by Catherine Belsey

    £7.99   paperback   (2002) - ISBN 13: 9780192801807 | ISBN 10: 0192801805

    Poststructuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world.   Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this Very Short Introduc ... more

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  • Cover image of book Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction by David DeGrazia
    Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction - by David DeGrazia

    £7.99   paperback   (2002) - ISBN 13: 9780192853608 | ISBN 10: 0192853600

    Do animals have moral rights? If so, what does this mean? What sorts of mental lives do animals have, and how should we understand welfare?   By presenting models for understanding animals' moral status and rights, and examining their mental ... more

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  • Cover image of book Kierkegaard: A Very Short Introduction by Patrick Gardiner
    Kierkegaard: A Very Short Introduction - by Patrick Gardiner

    £7.99   paperback   (2002) - ISBN 13: 9780192802569 | ISBN 10: 0192802569

    Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55), one of the most original thinkers of the nineteenth century, wrote widely on religious, psychological, and literary themes. This book shows how Kierkegaard developed his views in emphatic opposition to prevailing opinions ... more

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  • Cover image of book World Music: A Very Short Introduction by Philip V. Bohlman
    World Music: A Very Short Introduction - by Philip V. Bohlman

    £7.99   paperback   (2002) - ISBN 13: 9780192854292 | ISBN 10: 0192854291

    Philip Bohlman asks: What is music? If the question is simple, the answers are not. In this fascinating introduction to the remarkable diversity of world music - from Swiss yodelling to pilgrims\' chants, Yiddish folk songs to \'Art-Song\' from Tun ... more

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  • Cover image of book Paul: A Very Short Introduction by E.P. Sanders
    Paul: A Very Short Introduction - by E.P. Sanders

    £7.99   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780192854513 | ISBN 10: 0192854518

    Paul is the most powerful human personality in the history of the Church. A missionary, theologian, and religious genius, in his epistles he laid the foundations on which later Christian theology was built.   In his highly original introducti ... more

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  • Cover image of book Buddha: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Carrithers
    Buddha: A Very Short Introduction - by Michael Carrithers

    £7.99   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780192854537 | ISBN 10: 0192854534

    Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time, and traces the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Tanner
    Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction - by Michael Tanner

    £7.99   paperback   (2000) - ISBN 13: 9780192854148 | ISBN 10: 0192854143

    The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was almost wholly neglected during his sane life, which came to an abrupt end in 1889. Since then he has been appropriated as an icon by an astonishingly diverse spectrum of people, whose interpretati ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Koran: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Cook
    The Koran: A Very Short Introduction - by Michael Cook

    £7.99   paperback   (2000) - ISBN 13: 9780192853448 | ISBN 10: 0192853449

    The Koran has constituted a remarkably strong core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. This Very Short Introduction explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditio ... more

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  • Cover image of book History: A Very Short Introduction by John Arnold
    History: A Very Short Introduction - by John Arnold

    £7.99   paperback   (2000) - ISBN 13: 9780192853523 | ISBN 10: 019285352x

    There are many stories we can tell about the past, and we are not, perhaps, as free as we might imagine in our choice of which stories to tell, or where those stories end.   John Arnold's Very Short Introduction is a stimulating essay about h ... more

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  • Cover image of book Music: A Very Short Introduction by Nicholas Cook
    Music: A Very Short Introduction - by Nicholas Cook

    £7.99   paperback   (2000) - ISBN 13: 9780192853820 | ISBN 10: 0192853821

    This stimulating Very Short Introduction to music invites us to really think about music and the values and qualities we ascribe to it.  The world teems with different kinds of music-traditional, folk, classical, jazz, rock, pop-and each type of ... more

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