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The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Eric Rauchway
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The New Deal shaped our nation's politics for decades, and was seen by many as tantamount to the "American Way" itself. Now, in this superb compact history, Eric Rauchway offers an informed account of the New Deal and the Great Depression, illuminating... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #05: Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #05: Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
by Kim Knott
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Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects -- from Islam to Sociology, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume... (read more)

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Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by James Fulcher
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This Introduction explores the origins of capitalism and questions whether it did indeed originate in Europe. It examines a distinctive stage in the development of capitalism that began in the 1980s, in order to understand where we are now and how... (read more)

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The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Jerry Brotton
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More than ever before, the Renaissance stands out as one of the defining moments in world history. Between 1400 and 1600, European perceptions of society, culture, politics and even humanity itself emerged in ways that continue to affect not only Europe... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #78: Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #78: Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction
by Charles Townshend
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This book charts a path through the outpouring of efforts to understand and explain modern terrorism, by asking what makes terrorism different from other forms of political, military action; what makes it effective; and what can be done about it. It... (read more)

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Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Julian Stallabrass
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Contemporary art has never been so popular, but what is its role today and who is controlling its future? Contemporary art is supposed to be a realm of freedom where artists shock, break taboos, flout generally received ideas, and switch between... (read more)

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Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Christopher Harvie
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The nineteenth century was a time of massive growth for Britain. In 1800 it was overwhelmingly rural, agrarian, multilingual, and almost half-Celtic. A century later it was largely urban and English. The effects of the Industrial Revolution caused cities... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #34: Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #34: Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction
by Michael Tanner
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The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was almost wholly neglected during his sane life, which ended abruptly in 1889. Since then he has been appropriated as an icon by an astonishingly diverse spectrum of people, whose interpretations of his... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #102: Art History: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #102: Art History: A Very Short Introduction
by Dana Arnold
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This clear and concise new introduction examines all the major debates and issues in the field of art history, using a wide range of well-known examples. Dana Arnold also examines the many different ways of writing about art, and the changing boundaries... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #74: Postmodernism
Very Short Introductions #74: Postmodernism
by Christopher Butler
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 129-131) and index.... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #26: Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #26: Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
by Julia Annas
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The tradition of ancient philosophy is a long, rich and varied one, in which the notes of discussion and argument constantly resound. This book introduces ancient debates, engaging us with the ancient developments of their themes. Moving away from the... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #10: Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #10: Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction
by Paul G Bahn
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Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects -- from Islam to Sociology, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume... (read more)

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Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Ian Shaw
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Examines the impact of Egyptology on various aspects of popular culture such as cinema, fiction writing and opera.... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #79: Plato: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #79: Plato: A Very Short Introduction
by Julia Annas
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This lively and accessible book focuses on the philosophy and argument of Plato's writings, drawing the reader into Plato's way of doing philosophy and the general themes of his thinking. It discusses Plato's style of writing: his use of the dialogue... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #21: Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #21: Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction
by John Morrill
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The Great Fire, the Black Death, flip-flopping religious persecution, the overthrow and reinstatement of the monarchy. The Stuart Britain era, a notch on the timeline spanning roughly 1603-1714, is one of the most interesting times in the history of... (read more)

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British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Anthony Wright
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Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than merely an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works. He identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #35: Darwin: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #35: Darwin: A Very Short Introduction
by Jonathan Howard
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Darwin's theory that man's ancestors were apes caused an uproar within the scientific world, as well as public frenzy when The Origin of Species was published in 1859. Arguments still rage about the implications of his evolutionary theory, and skepticism... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #09: Theology: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #09: Theology: A Very Short Introduction
by David Ford
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This book offers a concise and original introduction to the whole of the theological discipline. Writing with a focus on Christianity, David Ford provides a trenchant and balanced discussion of the study of faith and religion. He describes the... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #67: Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #67: Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction
by Samir Okasha
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What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #4: Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #4: Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
by Jonathan Culler
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What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is literature, and does it matter? These questions and more are addressed in Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, a book which steers a clear path... (read more)

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