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Management: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Management: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by John Hendry
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Leading management scholar, John Hendry provides a lively introduction to the nature and practice of management. Tracing its development over the last century, he looks not only at what managers do, but also provides an insight into modern management... (read more)

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Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Jo Labanyi
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Spanish literature has given the world the figures of Don Quixote and Don Juan, and is responsible for the "invention" of the novel in the 16th century. The medieval period produced literature in Castilian, Catalan, Galician, Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew... (read more)

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The Gothic (Very Short Introductions)
The Gothic (Very Short Introductions)
by Nick Groom
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The Gothic is wildly diverse. It can refer to ecclesiastical architecture, supernatural fiction, cult horror films, and a distinctive style of rock music. It has influenced political theorists and social reformers, as well as Victorian home d�cor... (read more)

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Theology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Theology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by David F. Ford
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This Very Short Introduction provides both the believer and non-believer with a balanced survey of the central questions of theology. David Ford's approach draws us in to considering the principles underlying religious belief, including the centrality of... (read more)

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The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by James A. Millward
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The phrase "silk road" evokes vivid scenes of merchants leading camel caravans across vast stretches to trade exotic goods in glittering Oriental bazaars, of pilgrims braving bandits and frozen mountain passes to spread their faith across Asia. Looking... (read more)

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Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Philip Sheldrake
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It is a striking aspect of contemporary western culture that, alongside a decline in traditional religious affiliations, there has been a growing interest in spirituality and the use of the word in a variety of contexts. Indeed, spirituality is sometimes... (read more)

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Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Alan Taylor
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In the traditional narrative of American colonial history, early European settlements, as well as native peoples and African slaves, were treated in passing as unfortunate aberrations in a fundamentally upbeat story of Englishmen becoming freer and more... (read more)

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American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by G. Edward White
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Law has played a central role in American history. From colonial times to the present, law has not just reflected the changing society in which legal decisions have been made-it has played a powerful role in shaping that society, though not always in... (read more)

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Mao (Very Short Introductions)
Mao (Very Short Introductions)
by Delia Davin
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A giant of 20th century history, Mao Zedong played many roles: peasant revolutionary, patriotic leader against the Japanese occupation, Marxist theoretician, modernizer, and visionary despot. This Very Short Introduction chronicles Mao's journey from... (read more)

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The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Martin Loughlin
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Beginning with the Magna Carta in 1215, a number of documents--not one single document as in the United States--have constituted the British constitution. What are the main characteristics of Britain's peculiar constitutional arrangements? How has the... (read more)

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Archaeology: a Very Short Introduction (2ND 12 Edition)
Archaeology: a Very Short Introduction (2ND 12 Edition)
by Paul Bahn
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In this revised and updated edition of Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction, Paul Bahn presents an engaging introduction and a superb overview of a field that embraces everything from the cave art of Lascaux to the great stone heads of Easter Island... (read more)

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Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Marc Mulholland
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This highly readable exploration of the central issues and debates about Northern Ireland sets these in the historical context of hundreds of years of conflict. It tackles many questions, such as: What accounts for the perpetuation of ethnic and... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #25: Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #25: Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction
by Michael Inwood
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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) is probably the most divisive philosopher of the twentieth century: viewed by some as a charlatan and by others as a leader and central figure of modern philosophy. Michael Inwood's lucid introduction to Heidegger's thought... (read more)

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The Cell: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Cell: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Terence Allen
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In this Very Short Introduction, Terrence Allen and Graham Cowling offer an illuminating account of the nature of cells--their basic structure, forms, division, signaling, and programmed death. Allen and Cowling start with the simple "prokaryotic" cell... (read more)

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Food: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Food: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by John Krebs
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In this Very Short Introduction, Prof Lord John Krebs provides a brief history of human food, from our remote ancestors 3 million years ago to the present day. By looking at the four great transitions in human food - cooking, agriculture, processing, and... (read more)

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Reality: a Very Short Introduction (11 Edition)
Reality: a Very Short Introduction (11 Edition)
by Jan Westerhoff
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Is matter real? Are persons real? Is time real? This Very Short Introduction discusses what, if anything, is "real" by looking at a variety of arguments from philosophy, physics, and cognitive science. Jan Westerhoff shows that the question "what is real?... (read more)

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Physical Chemistry (Very Short Introductions)
Physical Chemistry (Very Short Introductions)
by Peter Atkins
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With the development of a variety of exciting new areas of research involving computational chemistry, nano- and smart materials, and applications of the recently discovered graphene, there can be no doubt that physical chemistry is a vitally important... (read more)

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Landscape Architecture (Very Short Introductions)
Landscape Architecture (Very Short Introductions)
by Ian H. Thompson
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The Eye: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Eye: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Michael F. Land
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The Norman Conquest (Very Short Introductions)
The Norman Conquest (Very Short Introductions)
by George Garnett
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The Norman Conquest in 1066 was one of the most profound turning points in English history, dramatically transforming a disparate collection of small nations into a powerful European state. But what actually happened? How was the invasion viewed by those... (read more)

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