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AccountingA Very Short Introduction

Accounting: A Very Short Introduction  

Christopher Nobes

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2014
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Mar 2014
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9780191779879
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199684311.001.0001
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9780199684311
If you read the ‘business pages’ of a newspaper or if you listen to the financial news on the television or radio, you will often hear terms such as ‘liability’, ‘balance sheet’ or ... More
AdolescenceA Very Short Introduction

Adolescence: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter K Smith

Print Publication Year: 
May 2016
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May 2016
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9780191785245
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199665563.001.0001
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9780199665563
Adolescence is a turbulent period to live through. Marking the transition from the world of childhood to adult life, the adolescent faces many challenges and opportunities, including ... More
AdvertisingA Very Short Introduction

Advertising: A Very Short Introduction  

Winston Fletcher

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777554
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10.1093/actrade/9780199568925.001.0001
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9780199568925
Advertising: A Very Short Introduction dispels the myths surrounding the advertising industry. Advertising is a diverse entity, and campaigns work (or fail to work) in a plethora of ways. ... More
African American ReligionA Very Short Introduction

African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction  

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780199380770
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195182897.001.0001
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9780195182897
African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction explores the history and circumstances of African American religion through three examples: conjure, African American Christianity, and ... More
African HistoryA Very Short Introduction

African History: A Very Short Introduction  

John Parker and Richard Rathbone

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191775567
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802484.001.0001
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9780192802484
African History: A Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented by examining the unity and diversity of African ... More
African ReligionsA Very Short Introduction

African Religions: A Very Short Introduction  

Jacob K. Olupona

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2014
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Feb 2014
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9780199375264
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10.1093/actrade/9780199790586.001.0001
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9780199790586
African Religions: A Very Short Introduction offers a wide-ranging look at the myriad indigenous religious traditions on the African continent, drawing on archeological research, historical ... More
AgeingA Very Short Introduction

Ageing: A Very Short Introduction  

Nancy A. Pachana

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191792670
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10.1093/actrade/9780198725329.001.0001
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9780198725329
Ageing: A Very Short Introduction discusses the lifelong dynamic changes in biological, psychological, and social functioning involved in ageing. Increased lifespans have created an urgent ... More
AgnosticismA Very Short Introduction

Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction  

Robin Le Poidevin

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777684
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199575268.001.0001
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9780199575268
Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction asks if there is more to agnosticism than merely the absence of belief. What is agnosticism? Who were the first to call themselves ‘agnostics’? ... More
AgricultureA Very Short Introduction

Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul Brassley and Richard Soffe

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2016
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Apr 2016
eISBN: 
9780191792939
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198725961.001.0001
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9780198725961
Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction explains what farmers do and why they do it. Beginning with the most basic resource, the soil, it shows why it is important, and how farmers can ... More
Alexander the GreatA Very Short Introduction

Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction  

Hugh Bowden

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2014
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Jul 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780028
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198706151.001.0001
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9780198706151
Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction demonstrates the profound influence the legends of Alexander's life have had on our historical understanding of him by focusing on the ... More
AlgebraA Very Short Introduction

Algebra: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter M. Higgins

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2015
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Oct 2015
eISBN: 
9780191797644
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198732822.001.0001
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9780198732822
Algebra marked the beginning of modern mathematics, moving it beyond arithmetic, which involves calculations featuring given numbers, to problems in which some quantities are unknown. Now, ... More
American HistoryA Very Short Introduction

American History: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul S. Boyer

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365715
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195389142.001.0001
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9780195389142
American History: A Very Short Introduction spans the earliest migrations to the present looking at the United States's failures to live up to its oft-stated ideals. The establishment of ... More
American ImmigrationA Very Short Introduction

American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction  

David A. Gerber

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365623
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195331783.001.0001
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9780195331783
American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction examines the many legal efforts to curb immigration and to define who is and is not an American. It looks at immigration from the perspective ... More
American Legal HistoryA Very Short Introduction

American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction  

G. Edward White

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
eISBN: 
9780199375240
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199766000.001.0001
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9780199766000
Law has played a central role in American history. From colonial times to the present, law has reflected the changing society in which legal decisions have been made and has played a ... More
American Political HistoryA Very Short Introduction

American Political History: A Very Short Introduction  

Donald Critchlow

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2014
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Feb 2015
eISBN: 
9780199393725
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199340057.001.0001
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book
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9780199340057
American Political History: A Very Short Introduction explores key turning points in American political history, the nature of the two-party system, representative presidential and ... More
American Political Parties and ElectionsA Very Short Introduction

American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

L. Sandy Maisel

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2016
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Jul 2016
eISBN: 
9780190458195
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190458164.001.0001
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book
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9780190458164
American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction examines the electoral process in the United States and explains why it is widely misunderstood. Why is participation in ... More
American PoliticsA Very Short Introduction

American Politics: A Very Short Introduction  

Richard M. Valelly

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365692
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195373851.001.0001
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book
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9780195373851
American Politics: A Very Short Introduction introduces the vital elements of American politics. Using an historical-institutional approach, it explains how the American political system ... More
The American PresidencyA Very Short Introduction

The American Presidency: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Charles O. Jones

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2016
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Jul 2016
eISBN: 
9780190458232
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190458201.001.0001
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9780190458201
The Founding Fathers were dedicated to the project of creating an American government both functional and incapable of devolving into tyranny. To do this, they intentionally decentralized ... More
The American RevolutionA Very Short Introduction

The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction  

Robert J. Allison

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190225063.001.0001
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9780190225063
Between 1760 and 1800, the American people cast off British rule to create a new nation and a radically new form of government based on the idea that people have the right to govern ... More
American SlaveryA Very Short Introduction

American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction  

Heather Andrea Williams

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2014
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Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780199380787
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199922680.001.0001
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book
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9780199922680
American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction traces the development of American slavery, from the Portuguese capture of Africans in the 1400s until its abolition following the Civil War, and ... More
The American WestA Very Short Introduction

The American West: A Very Short Introduction  

Stephen Aron

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2014
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Jan 2015
eISBN: 
9780199393602
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199858934.001.0001
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book
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9780199858934
The American West: A Very Short Introduction tracks “the West” from the building of the Cahokia Mounds around 900 ad, through early encounters with Europeans, to the Newlands Reclamation ... More
American Women’s HistoryA Very Short Introduction

American Women’s History: A Very Short Introduction  

Susan Ware

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2015
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Mar 2015
eISBN: 
9780199393794
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199328338.001.0001
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book
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9780199328338
What does U.S. history look like with women at the center of the story? From Pocahantas to military women serving in the Iraq war, American Women's History: A Very Short Introduction ... More
AnaesthesiaA Very Short Introduction

Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction  

Aidan O'Donnell

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777868
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199584543.001.0001
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book
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9780199584543
Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction examines the modern anaesthetic practice. Anaesthesia is a mysterious and sometimes threatening process. What is anaesthesia? How is it produced? How ... More
AnarchismA Very Short Introduction

Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction  

Colin Ward

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2004
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776069
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804778.001.0001
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book
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9780192804778
Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction explores key anarchist thinkers from Kropotkin to Chomsky and considers anarchism from a variety of perspectives: theoretical, historical, and ... More
Ancient AssyriaA Very Short Introduction

Ancient Assyria: A Very Short Introduction  

Karen Radner

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2015
Published Online: 
Mar 2015
eISBN: 
9780191784163
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198715900.001.0001
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book
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9780198715900
Assyria was one of the most influential kingdoms of the Ancient Near East. Ancient Assyria: A Very Short Introduction sketches the history of Assyria from city state to empire, from the ... More
Ancient EgyptA Very Short Introduction

Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction  

Ian Shaw

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2004
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776694
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854193.001.0001
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book
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9780192854193
Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction describes how our current ideas about Egypt are based not only on the thrilling discoveries made by early Egyptologists but also on fascinating new ... More
Ancient Egyptian Art and ArchitectureA Very Short Introduction

Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A Very Short Introduction  

Christina Riggs

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2014
Published Online: 
Oct 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781261
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199682782.001.0001
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book
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9780199682782
What did Egyptian art and architecture mean to the people who first made and used it—and why has it had such an enduring appeal? Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A Very Short ... More
Ancient GreeceA Very Short Introduction

Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul Cartledge

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778124
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601349.001.0001
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book
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9780199601349
Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction takes the polis as its starting point and uses the history of eleven major Greek cities to illuminate the most important and informative themes in ... More
The Ancient Near EastA Very Short Introduction

The Ancient Near East: A Very Short Introduction  

Amanda H. Podany

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2013
Published Online: 
Dec 2013
eISBN: 
9780199375233
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195377996.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780195377996
The Ancient Near East: A Very Short Introduction describes a momentous time in human history and explains why the ancient Near East is known as the ‘cradle of civilization’. Mesopotamia, ... More
Ancient PhilosophyA Very Short Introduction

Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction  

Julia Annas

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776359
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853578.001.0001
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book
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9780192853578
Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction introduces ancient debates and focuses on important and revealing features of the subject providing a sense of its freshness and liveliness, ... More
Ancient WarfareA Very Short Introduction

Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction  

Harry Sidebottom

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2004
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776045
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804709.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192804709
Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction examines all aspects of ancient warfare, from philosophy and strategy to the technical skills needed to fight. How did wars shape classical ... More
AngelsA Very Short Introduction

Angels: A Very Short Introduction  

David Albert Jones

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199547302
Angels: A Very Short Introduction outlines prominent stories and speculations about angels in Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and post-Christian spiritualties. What are angels? Where were ... More
AnglicanismA Very Short Introduction

Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction  

Mark Chapman

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2006
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776243
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192806932.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780192806932
Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction highlights the diversity of contemporary Anglicanism by exploring its history, theology, and structures. Although originally united by location and a ... More
The Anglo-Saxon AgeA Very Short Introduction

The Anglo-Saxon Age: A Very Short Introduction  

John Blair

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2000
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776571
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854032.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780192854032
The Anglo-Saxon Age: A Very Short Introduction covers the era from the emergence of the earliest English settlements around the year ad 450 to the Norman victory in 1066 providing a brief ... More
Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction

Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction  

Tristram D. Wyatt

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2017
Published Online: 
Feb 2017
eISBN: 
9780191780691
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198712152.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198712152
How animals behave is crucial to their survival and reproduction. Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction discusses how animal behaviour has evolved, how behaviours develop in each ... More
The Animal KingdomA Very Short Introduction

The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Holland

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778049
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199593217
The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction presents a modern tour of the animal kingdom. Beginning with the definition of animals, this VSI goes on to show the high-level groupings of ... More
Animal RightsA Very Short Introduction

Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction  

David DeGrazia

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2002
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776380
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853608.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780192853608
Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction explores the implications for how we should treat animals in connection with our diet, zoos, and research. Most people are opposed to cruelty and ... More
The AntarcticA Very Short Introduction

The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction  

Klaus Dodds

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778438
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199697687.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199697687
Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction provides a modern account of Antarctica, highlighting the main issues facing the continent today, looks at how the Antarctic has been explored and ... More
AntisemitismA Very Short Introduction

Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Steven Beller

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2015
Published Online: 
Oct 2015
eISBN: 
9780191792335
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198724834.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198724834
Antisemitism, as hatred of Jews and Judaism, has been a central problem of Western civilization for millennia. Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction untangles the history of the ... More
AnxietyA Very Short Introduction

Anxiety: A Very Short Introduction  

Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman

Print Publication Year: 
May 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777486
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567157.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199567157
Anxiety: A Very Short Introduction explains what anxiety is, why it is a normal and vital part of our emotional life, and the factors that cause it. Are we born with fears or do we learn ... More
The Apocryphal GospelsA Very Short Introduction

The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul Foster

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777141
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199236947.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199236947
The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction explores their origins, discovery, and discusses how the various texts have been interpreted both by the Church and beyond. What are the ... More
ArchaeologyA Very Short Introduction

Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Paul Bahn

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778315
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199657438.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199657438
Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction reflects on the enduring popularity of archaeology — a subject which encompasses the whole globe, and surveys 2.5 million years. Archaeology interacts ... More
ArchitectureA Very Short Introduction

Architecture: A Very Short Introduction  

Andrew Ballantyne

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2002
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775420
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801791.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780192801791
Architecture: A Very Short Introduction provides a highly original and sophisticated look at architecture and helps us to understand the cultural significance of the buildings that surround ... More
AristocracyA Very Short Introduction

Aristocracy: A Very Short Introduction  

William Doyle

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776908
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199206780.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199206780
Aristocracy: A Very Short Introduction shows how ideas of aristocracy originated in ancient times, were transformed in the middle ages, and have only fallen apart over the last two ... More
AristotleA Very Short Introduction

Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction  

Jonathan Barnes

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2000
Published Online: 
Nov 2015
eISBN: 
9780191822322
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854087.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192854087
Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction argues that Aristotle’s influence on the intellectual history of the West is second to none. His various doctrines and beliefs were purveyed as received ... More
Art HistoryA Very Short Introduction

Art History: A Very Short Introduction  

Dana Arnold

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2004
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775444
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801814.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780192801814
Art History: A Very Short Introduction provides the tools necessary to study art history. The challenge of using verbal and written language to analyse visual form and experience is ... More
Art TheoryA Very Short Introduction

Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction  

Cynthia Freeland

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776014
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804631.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780192804631
In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction discusses beauty, blood, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, ... More
Asian American HistoryA Very Short Introduction

Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction  

Madeline Y. Hsu

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2016
Published Online: 
Dec 2016
eISBN: 
9780190219796
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190219765.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780190219765
Asians have migrated to North America for centuries, in search of opportunities and conveyed by increasingly dense, international circuits of trade, labor markets, and family networks. ... More
AstrobiologyA Very Short Introduction

Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction  

David C. Catling

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2013
Published Online: 
Oct 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779923
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199586455
What fascinates people about astrobiology is that it seeks answers to long-standing unsolved questions: How quickly did life evolve on Earth and why did life persist here? Is there life ... More
AstrophysicsA Very Short Introduction

Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction  

James Binney

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2016
Published Online: 
Mar 2016
eISBN: 
9780191814273
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198752851.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198752851
Astrophysics is the physics of the stars and, more widely, the Universe. It explores the structure and evolution of planetary systems, stars, galaxies, interstellar gas, and the cosmos as a ... More
AtheismA Very Short Introduction

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction  

Julian Baggini

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775925
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804242.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780192804242
Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief that is characterized by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. Atheism: A Very ... More
The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction

The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul I. Palmer

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2017
Published Online: 
Mar 2017
eISBN: 
9780191788970
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198722038.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198722038
The atmosphere is the thin, diffuse fluid that envelops the Earth’s surface. Despite its apparent fragility, the existence of this fluid is vital for human and other life on Earth. The ... More
AugustineA Very Short Introduction

Augustine: A Very Short Introduction  

Henry Chadwick

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776762
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854520.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192854520
Augustine: A Very Short Introduction traces the development of Augustine's thought, discussing his reaction to the thinkers before him, and themes such as freedom, creation, and the ... More
AustraliaA Very Short Introduction

Australia: A Very Short Introduction  

Kenneth Morgan

Print Publication Year: 
May 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778001
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199589937.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199589937
Australia: A Very Short Introduction provides a wide-ranging introduction to modern Australia, examining its history, geography, and culture since the beginning of the white settlement of ... More
AutismA Very Short Introduction

Autism: A Very Short Introduction  

Uta Frith

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776922
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199207565.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199207565
Autism: A Very Short Introduction asks: 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 ... More
The Avant GardeA Very Short Introduction

The Avant Garde: A Very Short Introduction  

David Cottington

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777790
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199582730.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199582730
The Avant Garde: A Very Short Introduction explores the concept of the ‘avant-garde’ and examines its wider context through the development of western modernity, capitalist culture, and the ... More
The AztecsA Very Short Introduction

The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction  

David Carrasco

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365708
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195379389.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780195379389
The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction employs the disciplines of history, religious studies, and anthropology as it illuminates the complexities of Aztec life. This VSI looks beyond Spanish ... More
BabyloniaA Very Short Introduction

Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction  

Trevor Bryce

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2016
Published Online: 
Sep 2016
eISBN: 
9780191793288
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198726470.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198726470
Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction takes us on a journey of more than 2,000 years across the history and civilization of ancient Babylonia, from the emergence of its chief city, Babylon, ... More
BacteriaA Very Short Introduction

Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction  

Sebastian G.B. Amyes

Print Publication Year: 
May 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777752
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578764.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199578764
Bacteria form a fundamental branch of life. They are the oldest forms of life as we know it, and they are still the most prolific living organisms. Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction ... More
BankingA Very Short Introduction

Banking: A Very Short Introduction  

John Goddard and John O. S. Wilson

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2016
Published Online: 
Dec 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785320
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688920.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199688920
Banks are of central importance for economic growth, the allocation of capital, competitiveness, and financial stability. Propelled by technological advances in financial analysis and ... More
BarthesA Very Short Introduction

Barthes: A Very Short Introduction  

Jonathan Culler

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2002
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775369
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801593.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192801593
Roland Barthes: A Very Short Introduction elucidates the varied theoretical contributions of Roland Barthes, whose lifelong fascination was with the way people make their world ... More
The BeatsA Very Short Introduction

The Beats: A Very Short Introduction  

David Sterritt

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365890
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199796779.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199796779
The Beats: A Very Short Introduction offers an overview of the social, cultural, and aesthetic sensibilities of the Beats, bringing out the similarities that connected them, and also the ... More
BeautyA Very Short Introduction

Beauty: A Very Short Introduction  

Roger Scruton

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777042
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199229758
Beauty: A Very Short Introduction explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object — either in art, in nature, or the human form — beautiful. It strongly refutes the notion that ... More
Behavioural EconomicsA Very Short Introduction

Behavioural Economics: A Very Short Introduction  

Michelle Baddeley

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2017
Published Online: 
Jan 2017
eISBN: 
9780191816475
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198754992.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198754992
Behavioural Economics: A Very Short Introduction introduces the field of behavioural economics, analysing the motivations behind economic decisions and showing the relevance of behavioural ... More
BestsellersA Very Short Introduction

Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction  

John Sutherland

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776960
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199214891
Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction shows that bestseller lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literature and are therefore worthy of serious study. It lifts the lid on ... More
The BibleA Very Short Introduction

The Bible: A Very Short Introduction  

John Riches

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776304
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192853431
The Bible: A Very Short Introduction looks at the importance accorded to the Bible by different communities and cultures. Why has the Bible generated such a variety of uses and ... More
Biblical ArchaeologyA Very Short Introduction

Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction  

Eric H Cline

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365654
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195342635.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780195342635
Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction examines the origins of biblical archaeology as a discipline and the major controversies that first prompted explorers to go in search of ... More
BiographyA Very Short Introduction

Biography: A Very Short Introduction  

Hermione Lee

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777226
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199533541
Biography: A Very Short Introduction looks at the origins and development of biographical writing. Why do certain people and historical events arouse so much interest? How can biographies ... More
Black HolesA Very Short Introduction

Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction  

Katherine Blundell

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2015
Published Online: 
Dec 2015
eISBN: 
9780191781612
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199602667.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199602667
Black holes are a constant source of fascination to many due to their mysterious nature. Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction addresses a variety of questions, including what a black hole ... More
BloodA Very Short Introduction

Blood: A Very Short Introduction  

Chris Cooper

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2016
Published Online: 
Sep 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785467
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199581450.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199581450
Blood is vital to most animals. In mammals it transports oxygen and food, carries away waste, and contains the white cells that attack invading microbes. Playing a central role in life, ... More
The BluesA Very Short Introduction

The Blues: A Very Short Introduction  

Elijah Wald

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365760
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195398939.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780195398939
The Blues: A Very Short Introduction surveys a genre which lies at the heart of American culture. Blues is more of a broad musical tradition than a musical genre, with a constantly evolving ... More
The BodyA Very Short Introduction

The Body: A Very Short Introduction  

Chris Shilling

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
Published Online: 
Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191802164
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198739036.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198739036
The human body is thought of conventionally as a biological entity, with its longevity, morbidity, size, and even appearance determined by genetic factors immune to the influence of society ... More
The Book of MormonA Very Short Introduction

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction  

Terryl L. Givens

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365678
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195369311.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780195369311
The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction examines the Book of Mormon primarily in terms of the claims that its narrators make for its historical genesis, its purpose as a sacred text, ... More
BordersA Very Short Introduction

Borders: A Very Short Introduction  

Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365791
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199731503.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199731503
Borders: A Very Short Introduction challenges the perception of borders as passive lines on a map, revealing them instead to be integral forces in the economic, social, political, and ... More
The BrainA Very Short Introduction

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael O'Shea

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776496
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853929.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192853929
How does the brain work? The Brain, A Very Short Introduction provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how ... More
The BRICSA Very Short Introduction

The BRICS: A Very Short Introduction  

Andrew F. Cooper

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2016
Published Online: 
Apr 2016
eISBN: 
9780191790119
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723394.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198723394
In the wake of the post-Cold War era, the aftermath of 9/11, the 2008 global financial crisis, and the emergence of the G20, few commentators expected a reshaping of the global system ... More
The British ConstitutionA Very Short Introduction

The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction  

Martin Loughlin

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778445
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199697694.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199697694
The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction explores one of the most unusual constitutional arrangements in the world. It considers the scope and nature of the British constitution ... More
The British EmpireA Very Short Introduction

The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction  

Ashley Jackson

Print Publication Year: 
May 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778193
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199605415.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199605415
The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction explores how the British Empire became so powerful and far-reaching. From the eighteenth century until the 1950s the British Empire was the ... More
British PoliticsA Very Short Introduction

British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Tony Wright

Print Publication Year: 
May 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199661107.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199661107
British Politics: A Very Short Introduction examines the British political system and what makes it distinctive. It identifies the key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition and ... More
The BuddhaA Very Short Introduction

The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Carrithers

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776779
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854537.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192854537
The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction examines the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give about the life and teaching of the Buddha. What can we learn about ... More
BuddhismA Very Short Introduction

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Damien Keown

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778353
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199663835.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199663835
Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the workings of Buddhism in daily life. It looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism, ... More
Buddhist EthicsA Very Short Introduction

Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction  

Damien Keown

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775994
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804570.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192804570
Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction illustrates how Buddhism might approach a range of fascinating dilemmas confronting the modern world, ethical moral issues ranging from abortion ... More
ByzantiumA Very Short Introduction

Byzantium: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Sarris

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2015
Published Online: 
Jul 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782329
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199236114.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199236114
After surviving the 5th-century fall of the western European Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire flourished as one of the most powerful economic, cultural, and military forces in Europe for ... More
CalvinismA Very Short Introduction

Calvinism: A Very Short Introduction  

Jon Balserak

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2016
Published Online: 
Dec 2016
eISBN: 
9780191815263
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198753711.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198753711
Calvinism: A Very Short Introduction explores major ideas associated with the Calvinist system of thought. Beginning during the Protestant Reformation in cities like Zurich, Geneva, and ... More
CancerA Very Short Introduction

Cancer: A Very Short Introduction  

Nick James

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777424
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199560233.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199560233
Cancer: A Very Short Introduction explains, in non-technical language, what cancer is and what it does. Why, despite constant improvements in treatment techniques, has cancer proved to be ... More
CapitalismA Very Short Introduction

Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

James Fulcher

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2015
Published Online: 
Jun 2015
eISBN: 
9780191793011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198726074.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198726074
The word ‘capitalism’ is heard and used frequently, but what is capitalism about, and what does it mean? Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction discusses the history and development of ... More
CatholicismA Very Short Introduction

Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction  

Gerald O'Collins

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777271
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199545919.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199545919
Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction offers a fresh introduction to the largest and oldest institution in the world. What are the origins of the Catholic Church? How has Catholicism ... More
CausationA Very Short Introduction

Causation: A Very Short Introduction  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2013
Published Online: 
Nov 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779909
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199684434
Causation is the most fundamental connection in the universe. Without it, there would be no science or technology. There would be no moral responsibility either, as none of our thoughts ... More
The CellA Very Short Introduction

The Cell: A Very Short Introduction  

Terence Allen and Graham Cowling

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777745
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578757.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199578757
The Cell: A Very Short Introduction describes the nature of cells — their basic structure, their varying forms, their division, their differentiation from initially highly flexible stem ... More
The CeltsA Very Short Introduction

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction  

Barry Cunliffe

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775901
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804181.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192804181
The Celts: A Very Short Introduction seeks to reveal the true nature of the Celts. Were they savage and bloodthirsty, or civilized and peaceable? The Celts have long been a subject of ... More
ChaosA Very Short Introduction

Chaos: A Very Short Introduction  

Leonard Smith

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776410
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853783.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192853783
Chaos: A Very Short Introduction shows that we all have an intuitive understanding of chaotic systems. It uses accessible maths and physics (replacing complex equations with simple examples ... More
ChemistryA Very Short Introduction

Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Atkins

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2015
Published Online: 
Feb 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782459
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199683970.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199683970
Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction encourages us to look at chemistry anew, through a chemist's eyes, in order to understand its central concepts and to see how it contributes towards our ... More
Child PsychologyA Very Short Introduction

Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction  

Usha Goswami

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780967
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199646593.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199646593
Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction examines modern child psychology, tracing its development from birth up until early adolescence. Child Psychology studies the process of ... More
Children's LiteratureA Very Short Introduction

Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Kimberley Reynolds

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777431
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199560240.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199560240
Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction provides an overview of the history of children's literature as it has developed in English, introducing key debates, developments, and ... More
Chinese LiteratureA Very Short Introduction

Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Sabina Knight

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365739
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195392067.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780195392067
Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction tells the story of Chinese literature from antiquity to the present, focusing on the key role literary culture played in supporting social and ... More
Choice TheoryA Very Short Introduction

Choice Theory: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Allingham

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2002
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775710
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803030.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192803030
We make choices all the time — about trivial matters, about how to spend our money, about how to spend our time, about what to do with our lives. Choice Theory: A Very Short Introduction ... More
Christian ArtA Very Short Introduction

Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction  

Beth Williamson

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2004
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775772
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803283.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192803283
Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction explores the work of major artists such as Memling, Holbein, El Greco, and Rossetti, and well-known examples including the frescoes of St Francis at ... More
Christian EthicsA Very Short Introduction

Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction  

D. Stephen Long

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777523
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199568864.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199568864
Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction presents a discussion of the relationship between Christian ethics, modern, and postmodern ethics, and explores practical issues including sex, ... More
ChristianityA Very Short Introduction

Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Linda Woodhead

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2014
Published Online: 
Sep 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780943
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199687749.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199687749
At a time when Christianity is flourishing in the Southern hemisphere but declining in much of the West, Christianity: A Very Short Introduction offers an important overview of the world's ... More
Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction

Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction  

Russell Foster and Leon Kreitzman

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2017
Published Online: 
Mar 2017
eISBN: 
9780191787164
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198717683.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198717683
The Earth’s daily rotation affects almost every living creature. From dawn through to dusk, there are changes in light, temperature, humidity, and rainfall. However, these changes are ... More

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