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Very Short Introductions #87: The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #87: The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction
by Robert J Mcmahon
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Hume : Very Short Introduction (01 Edition)
Hume : Very Short Introduction (01 Edition)
by Alfred J. Ayer
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Hume's "naturalist" approach to a wide variety of philosophical topics resulted in highly original theories about perception, self-identity, causation, morality, politics, and religion, all of which are discussed in this stimulating introduction by A.J... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #46: Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #46: Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction
by A C Grayling
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Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an extraordinarily original thinker, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking far outside the bounds of philosophy alone. In this engaging Introduction, A.C. Grayling makes Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the... (read more)

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Kabbalah: Very Short Introduction (06 Edition)
Kabbalah: Very Short Introduction (06 Edition)
by Joseph Dan
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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. Dan... (read more)

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Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Bernard Wood
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This "Very Short Introduction traces the history of paleoanthropology from its I beginnings in the eighteenth century to today's latest fossil finds. Concentrating on the fossil evidence for human evolution, it makes reference to the relevant... (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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Schizophrenia (03 Edition)
Schizophrenia (03 Edition)
by Christopher Donald Frith
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The schizophrenic patient presented to the public in sensational press reports and lurid films bears little resemblance to reality of the illness. This book describes what schizophrenia is really like, how the illness progresses, and the treatments that... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #64: Hobbes
Very Short Introductions #64: Hobbes
by Richard Tuck
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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was the first great English political philosopher, and his book Leviathan was one of the first truly modern works of philosophy. Richard Tuck shows that while Hobbes may indeed have been an atheist, he was far from pessimistic... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #14: The Bible: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #14: The Bible: A Very Short Introduction
by John Kenneth Riches
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Professor Riches looks at the importance accorded to the Bible by different communities and cultures and attempts to explain why it has generated such a rich variety of uses and interpretations.... (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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Free Will: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Free Will: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Thomas Pink
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Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of choices: some trivial, others so consequential that they change the course of one's life, or even the course of history. But are these choices really free, or are we compelled to act the way we do by... (read more)

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Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction
Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction
by Paul Langford
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While the rest of eighteenth century Europe was embroiled in revolution and unrest, Britain embarked on an era of comparative calm and stability. Two attempts by the Stuarts to reclaim the throne were easily put down, not through the power of the British... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #36: The European Union: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #36: The European Union: A Very Short Introduction
by John Pinder
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Over the past few decades, the European Union has seen many great changes. Negotiations for the accession of six new states have begun, and membership, which already covers almost all of Western Europe, will soon extend to most of Central and Eastern... (read more)

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Feminism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Feminism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Margaret Walters
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This is a historical account of feminism that looks at the roots of feminism, voting rights, and the liberation of the sixties, and analyzes the current situation of women across Europe, in the United States, and elsewhere in the world, particularly the... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #03: Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #03: Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction
by Damien Keown
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This accessible volume covers both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? What or who is the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist thought developed over... (read more)

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Cryptography : a Very Short Introduction (02 Edition)
Cryptography : a Very Short Introduction (02 Edition)
by Fred Piper
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This book is a clear and informative introduction to cryptography and data protection — subjects of considerable social and political importance. It explains what algorithms do, how they are used, the risks associated with using them, and why... (read more)

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Socialism: A Very Short Introduction
Socialism: A Very Short Introduction
by Michael Newman
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Today, most people think of socialism as an outdated ideology. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Newman seeks to place the idea of socialism in a modern context for today's readers. He explains socialist ideas in the framework of its historical... (read more)

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