Eight new Introductions have been published this month, including one new edition. Find out more:
- American Business History: A Very Short Introduction, by Walter A. Friedman, looks at the rise of the American economy from its colonial and frontier beginnings. This VSI examines the formation of new organizational structures; the invention and commercialization of new technologies; the introduction of policymaking and regulatory frameworks; and the stories of entrepreneurs from around the world who embraced democratic capitalism in America
- Biogeography: A Very Short Introduction, by Mark V. Lomolino, explains how our ability to place life in an explicit geographic context is key to understanding our natural world. Biogeography brings together insights from the fields of genetics, geology, paleontology, geography, anthropology, meteorology, oceanography, and ecology to demonstrate how the geological and evolutionary histories of our planet are interconnected.
- Canada: A Very Short Introduction, by Donald Wright, provides an overview of Canada’s history, and its many political and cultural achievements. Canada has never had a single national identity and is linguistically, ethnically, and religiously diverse. The late 20th century saw a cultural explosion and the emergence of distinct nationalisms within Canada, particularly Quebec.
- Dementia: A Very Short Introduction, by Kathleen Taylor, explains how dementia is diagnosed, its different types and symptoms, and its effects on sufferers and their families. This VSI looks at the history of dementia research and examines the genetic, physiological, and environmental risk factors and how individuals might reduce them.
- Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction, by Brian Nelson, explores key themes in his life and work, looking in detail at several major novels from his twenty-volume Rougon-Macquart cycle. His novels examine the changing cultural landscape of the late 19th century, creating an epic sense of social transformation. In so doing, they opened the novel up to a new realm of subjects, and they embodied a new freedom of expression in their depiction.
- French Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, by Stephen Gaukroger and Knox Peden, outlines the history of French philosophy, summarising important thinkers and texts. Philosophy has played a significant role in French culture since the early modern period, and French philosophy has influenced the Western world for centuries. French philosophy is interwoven with political, literary, and scientific debates of the time, and ongoing conflicts between religious and secular beliefs.
- The Russian Economy: A Very Short Introduction, by Richard Connolly, looks at the historical roots of an economy dominated by the state and shaped by a need for security. Russia has been criticized for overdependence on natural resources and armaments. However, if some world powers can combine state control and a profile in the global markets, why not Russia?
- World Music: A Very Short Introduction (new edition), by Philip V. Bohlman, looks at the history of world music and its many definitions. ‘World music’ is more than a marketing term for the music industry. World music both foregrounds and transgresses borders. Ideas in different cultures about world music, and indeed about music, are as diverse as ever.