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Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by John Monaghan
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"If you want to know what anthropology is, look at what anthropologists do," write the authors of Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction. This engaging overview of the field combines an accessible account of some of the discipline's... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #86: Globalization
Very Short Introductions #86: Globalization
by Manfred B Steger
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"Globalization" has become the buzz-word of our time. A growing number of scholars and political activists have invoked the term to describe a variety of changing economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental processes that are alleged to... (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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History : a Very Short Introduction (00 Edition)
History : a Very Short Introduction (00 Edition)
by John H. Arnold
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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 addition to Oxford's popular Very Short Introductions series is a... (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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Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Thomas Flynn
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Thomas Flynn's pithy account of existentialism and the existentialist movement aims right at the core of the philosophy, revealing and explaining the key themes and key thinkers.... (read more)

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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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Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-173) and index.... (read more)

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Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Gary Gutting
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From aesthetics to the penal system, and from madness and civilization to avant-garde literature, Foucault was happy to reject old models of thinking and replace them with fresh versions that are still being debated today. A major influence on Queer... (read more)

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Anarchism : Very Short Introduction (04 Edition)
Anarchism : Very Short Introduction (04 Edition)
by Colin Ward
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Colin Ward explains what anarchism means and who anarchists are in this illuminating and accessible introduction to the subject.... (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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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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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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Very Short Introductions #33: Hume: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #33: Hume: A Very Short Introduction
by Alfred 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 #07: Islam: a Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #07: Islam: a Very Short Introduction
by Malise Ruthven
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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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International Relations (07 Edition)
International Relations (07 Edition)
by Paul Wilkinson
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Covering topics such as foreign policy, the world economy, and globalization, this Very Short Introduction shows how many disciplines come together in the study of international events. Paul Wilkinson explains the theories underlying the subject, and... (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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Hieroglyphs Very Short Introduction
Hieroglyphs Very Short Introduction
by Penelope Wilson
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Hieroglyphs were far more than a language. They were an omnipresent and all-powerful force in communicating the messages of ancient Egyptian culture for over three thousand years. This ancient form of expression was used as art, as a means of identifying... (read more)

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