Explore the newest books added to Very Short Introductions online in April:
- Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction, by Paul Brassley and Richard Soffe, explains what farmers do and why they do it, including some of the controversial issues facing agriculture today.
- The BRICS: A Very Short Introduction, by Andrew F. Cooper, explores the emergence of the BRICS—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—as a concept, providing a contemporary analysis of their influence in global politics.
- Combinatorics: A Very Short Introduction, by Robin Wilson, provides an overview of the field and its applications in mathematics and computer theory.
- Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction (new edition), by Eleanor Nesbitt, introduces the meaning of the Sikh religious tradition, its teachings, practices, rituals, and festivals, highlighting and contextualizing the key threads in its history.
- The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction, by David Garland, describes the modern welfare state, explaining its significance and arguing that far from being ‘a failure’, welfare states are an essential element of contemporary capitalism.