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AbolitionismA Very Short Introduction

Abolitionism: A Very Short Introduction  

Richard S. Newman

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2018
Published Online: 
Aug 2018
eISBN: 
9780190914035
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190213220.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780190213220
The abolitionist movement launched the global human rights struggle in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, redefining the meaning of equality throughout the Atlantic world. In the ... More
African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction

African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction  

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2014
Published Online: 
Sep 2014
eISBN: 
9780199380770
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195182897.001.0001
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book
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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 ... More
African History: A Very Short Introduction

African History: A Very Short Introduction  

John Parker and Richard Rathbone

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775567
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802484.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
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 ... More
African Religions: A Very Short Introduction

African Religions: A Very Short Introduction  

Jacob K. Olupona

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2014
Published Online: 
Feb 2014
eISBN: 
9780199375264
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199790586.001.0001
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book
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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 ... More
Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction  

Robin Le Poidevin

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777684
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199575268.001.0001
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book
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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 ... More
Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction

Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction  

Hugh Bowden

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2014
Published Online: 
Jul 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780028
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198706151.001.0001
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book
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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 ... More
American Cultural History: A Very Short Introduction

American Cultural History: A Very Short Introduction  

Eric Avila

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2018
Published Online: 
Aug 2018
eISBN: 
9780190200619
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190200589.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780190200589
American Cultural History: A Very Short Introduction provides a chronological look at American culture—the values, attitudes, beliefs, and myths of a particular society and the ... More
American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction  

Andrew Preston

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2019
Published Online: 
Apr 2019
eISBN: 
9780190946036
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199899395.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199899395
For better or worse, be it militarily, politically, economically, technologically, or culturally, Americans have had a profound impact on the wider world beyond them. American Foreign ... More
American History: A Very Short Introduction

American History: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul S. Boyer

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365715
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195389142.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
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 ... More
American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction

American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction  

David A. Gerber

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365623
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195331783.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
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 ... More
American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction

American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction  

Craig L. Symonds

Print Publication Year: 
May 2018
Published Online: 
May 2018
eISBN: 
9780199394777
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199394760.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199394760
American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction charts the history of the United States Navy from its birth during the American Revolution, through its emergence as a global ... More
The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction  

Robert J. Allison

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2015
Published Online: 
Jul 2015
eISBN: 
9780190861124
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190225063.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
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 Slavery: A Very Short Introduction

American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction  

Heather Andrea Williams

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780199380787
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199922680.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
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 ... More
The American West: A Very Short Introduction

The American West: A Very Short Introduction  

Stephen Aron

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2014
Published Online: 
Jan 2015
eISBN: 
9780199393602
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199858934.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
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 ... More
American Women's History: A Very Short Introduction

American Women's History: A Very Short Introduction  

Susan Ware

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2015
Published Online: 
Mar 2015
eISBN: 
9780199393794
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199328338.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
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
Analytic Philosophy: A Very Short introduction

Analytic Philosophy: A Very Short introduction  

Michael Beaney

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2017
Published Online: 
Nov 2017
eISBN: 
9780191823442
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198778028.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198778028
Analytic Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction introduces some of the key ideas of the founders of analytic philosophy—Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, Ludwig ... More
Ancient Assyria: A 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
ISBN: 
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 Egypt: A 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
ISBN: 
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 ... More
Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A 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
ISBN: 
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 Greece: A 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
ISBN: 
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 ... More
The Ancient Near East: A Very Short Introduction

The Ancient Near East: A Very Short Introduction  

Amanda H. Podany

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 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’. ... More
Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction  

Julia Annas

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2000
Published Online: 
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 ... More
Ancient Warfare: A 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 ... More
Angels: A 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? ... More
Anglicanism: A 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 ... More
The Anglo-Saxon Age: A 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 ... More
Animal Rights: A 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 ... More
Antisemitism: A 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
The Apocryphal Gospels: A 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. ... More
Thomas Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction

Thomas Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction  

Fergus Kerr

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777387
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199556649.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199556649
Thomas Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction is an introduction to this early thirteenth century Italian Catholic priest's work. Placing Aquinas in an historical context, it ... More
Archaeology: A 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
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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. ... More
Architecture: A 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 ... More
Aristotle: A 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 ... More
Art History: A 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
Item type: 
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 ... More
Art Theory: A 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
Item type: 
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 History: A Very Short Introduction

Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction  

Madeline Y. Hsu

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2017
Published Online: 
Dec 2016
eISBN: 
9780190219796
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190219765.001.0001
Item type: 
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
Atheism: A 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
Augustine: A 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
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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, ... More
Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction

Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction  

Laura Marcus

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2018
Published Online: 
Jul 2018
eISBN: 
9780191785252
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199669240.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199669240
Throughout history, individuals have recorded their own lives and experiences. These personal writings provide an understanding of the ways in which lives have been lived, and the most ... More
The Avant Garde: A 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 ... More
The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction

The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction  

David Carrasco

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2012
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 ... More
Babylonia: A 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 ... More
Barthes: A 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 Beats: A Very Short Introduction

The Beats: A Very Short Introduction  

David Sterritt

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365890
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199796779.001.0001
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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, ... More
Beauty: A 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 ... More
Bestsellers: A 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
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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 ... More
The Bible: A 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 Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction

Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction  

Eric H Cline

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 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 ... More
Biography: A 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 ... More
The Blues: A Very Short Introduction

The Blues: A Very Short Introduction  

Elijah Wald

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 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 ... More
The Book of Common Prayer: A Very Short Introduction

The Book of Common Prayer: A Very Short Introduction  

Brian Cummings

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2018
Published Online: 
Aug 2018
eISBN: 
9780191842160
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198803928.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198803928
The Book of Common Prayer is one of the most influential books in history. For nearly six centuries, it has formed the order of worship for established Christianity in England, and is now ... More
The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction  

Terryl L. Givens

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2010
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 ... More
The British Constitution: A 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 ... More
The British Empire: A 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 ... More
Buddha: A Very Short Introduction

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 ... More
Buddhism: A 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 ... More
Buddhist Ethics: A 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 ... More
Byzantium: A 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
C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction

C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction  

James Como

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780191866890
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198828242.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198828242
Beloved by children and adults worldwide, the writings of C. S. Lewis have a broad and enduring appeal. Although best known for the iconic Chronicles of Narnia series, C. S. Lewis was a man ... More
Calvinism: A 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, ... More
Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Gerald O'Collins

Print Publication Year: 
May 2017
Published Online: 
May 2017
eISBN: 
9780191838521
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198796855.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198796855
Despite a long history of external threats and internal strife, the Roman Catholic Church remains a vast and influential presence in our modern world. But what were its origins, and how has ... More
Causation: A 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 Celts: A 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 ... More
Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction  

Jenny Hartley

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2019
Published Online: 
Feb 2019
eISBN: 
9780191783203
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198714996
Charles Dickens is credited with creating some of the world’s best-known fictional characters, and is widely regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian age. Charles Dickens: A Very ... More
Children's Literature: A 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, ... More
Chinese Literature: A 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 ... More
Christian Art: A 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 ... More
Christian Ethics: A 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 ... More
Christianity: A Very Short Introduction

Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Linda Woodhead

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 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
Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

William Allan

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2014
Published Online: 
Mar 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779701
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199665457.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199665457
From popular histories through to reworkings of classical subject matter by contemporary poets, dramatists, and novelists, the classical world and the masterpieces of its literature ... More
Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction  

Helen Morales

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776052
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804761.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192804761
Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction explores the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths and examines how classical myths are used and understood ... More
Classics: A Very Short Introduction

Classics: A Very Short Introduction  

Mary Beard and John Henderson

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776458
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853851.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192853851
We are all Classicists. We come into touch with the Classics daily: in our culture, politics, medicine, architecture, language, and literature. What are the true roots of these influences ... More
The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction

The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction  

Robert J. McMahon

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775413
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801784.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192801784
The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction argues that the massive disorder and economic ruin following the Second World War inevitably predetermined the scope and intensity of ... More
Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction

Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction  

Alan Taylor

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365876
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199766239.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199766239
Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction presents the current scholarly understanding of the subject. During the past generation, historians have broadened that ... More
Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Rolena Adorno

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365845
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199755028.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199755028
Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction provides a vivid account of the literary culture of the Spanish-speaking Americas from the time of Columbus to ... More
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

Comedy: A Very Short Introduction  

Matthew Bevis

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778131
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199601714
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction studies written forms of comedy such as prose fiction, poetry, caricatures, and cartoons. There are also performance forms of comedy such as ... More
Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Ben Hutchinson

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
Published Online: 
Mar 2018
eISBN: 
9780191844911
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198807278.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198807278
Comparative literature is both the past and the future of literary studies. Its history is intimately linked to the political upheavals of modernity: from colonial empire-building in the ... More
Concentration Camps: A Very Short Introduction

Concentration Camps: A Very Short Introduction  

Dan Stone

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2019
Published Online: 
Mar 2019
eISBN: 
9780191790102
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723387.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198723387
Concentration Camps: A Very Short Introduction provides a global history of concentration camps, showing the differences and similarities between the various camp systems that ... More
Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction

Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction  

Daniel K. Gardner

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2014
Published Online: 
Aug 2014
eISBN: 
9780190236809
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195398915.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780195398915
To understand China, it is essential to understand Confucianism. First formulated in the sixth century bce, the teachings of Confucius would come to dominate Chinese society, politics, ... More
The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introduction

The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introduction  

Matthew Restall and Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365746
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195392296.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780195392296
The Conquistadors: A very Short Introduction investigates the facts and myths behind the Spanish invasion of the New World. With startling speed, Spanish conquistadors invaded ... More
Conscience: A Very Short Introduction

Conscience: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul Strohm

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777585
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199569694.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199569694
Conscience: A Very Short Introduction highlights what the particularly European concept of conscience has meant to successive generations and why it has a reputation as one of ... More
Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction

Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction  

Julian Stallabrass

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2006
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776175
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192806468.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192806468
Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction takes us inside the international art world to argue that behind contemporary art's variety and apparent unpredictability lies a ... More
Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction  

Robert Eaglestone

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778247
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199609260.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199609260
Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction explores a wide and diverse field, now global in dimension, with an enormous range of novels and writers that continues to grow ... More
Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction  

Simon Critchley

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776373
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853592.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192853592
Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction shows that Continental philosophy encompasses a distinct set of philosophical traditions and practices, with a compelling ... More
Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction  

Richard Bradford

Print Publication Year: 
May 2015
Published Online: 
May 2015
eISBN: 
9780191785801
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199658787.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199658787
Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction explores the history of ‘crime fiction’ and the various definitions of the genre and considers how it has developed over time. ... More
Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Stephen Eric Bronner

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2017
Published Online: 
Oct 2017
eISBN: 
9780190692704
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190692674.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780190692674
Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction explores the concepts and themes that distinguished critical theory from its more traditional philosophical competitors. Critical ... More
The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction

The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction  

Christopher Tyerman

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776182
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192806550.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192806550
The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction examines this topic by bringing together issues of colonialism, cultural exchange, economic exploitation, and the relationship between ... More
The Cultural Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

The Cultural Revolution: A Very Short Introduction  

Richard Curt Kraus

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365814
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199740550.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199740550
The Cultural Revolution: A Very Short Introduction illuminates China's decade-long Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Moving beyond Mao Zedong, this VSI links Beijing's ... More
Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction

Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction  

David Hopkins

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2004
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775611
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802545.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192802545
Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction focuses on the many debates surrounding these movements: the Marquis de Sade's Surrealist deification, issues of quality, the ... More
Dante: A Very Short Introduction

Dante: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2015
Published Online: 
Feb 2015
eISBN: 
9780191781575
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199684779.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199684779
Dante: A Very Short Introduction examines the main themes and issues that run through all of Dante’s work, ranging from autobiography, to understanding God, and the order of ... More
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Timothy H. Lim

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2017
Published Online: 
Mar 2017
eISBN: 
9780191824586
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198779520.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780198779520
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short introduction discusses the cultural significance of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the religious, political, and legal ... More
Decadence: A Very Short Introduction

Decadence: A Very Short Introduction  

David Weir

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
Published Online: 
Apr 2018
eISBN: 
9780190610258
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190610227.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780190610227
Decadence: A Very Short Introduction provides an overview of the culture of decadence—the artistic expression of a conflicted sense of modernity—by tracing its origin in ... More
Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction

Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction  

Dane Kennedy

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2016
Published Online: 
May 2016
eISBN: 
9780190605537
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199340491.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199340491
Decolonization is the term commonly used to refer to this transition from a world of colonial empires to a world of nation-states in the years after World War II. Decolonization: A Very ... More
Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

Derrida: A Very Short Introduction  

Simon Glendinning

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775796
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803450.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192803450
Derrida: A Very Short Introduction explores both the difficulty and significance of the work of Derrida. It explains the theory of deconstruction, presenting Derrida's ... More
Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

Descartes: A Very Short Introduction  

Tom Sorell

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2000
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776632
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854094.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192854094
Descartes: A Very Short Introduction explores the life and work of a man who made fundamental contributions to physics, mathematics, and optics, and reported useful ... More
Design: A Very Short Introduction

Design: A Very Short Introduction  

John Heskett

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776748
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854469.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192854469
Design: A Very Short Introduction transforms the way we think about design. How does design affect our everyday activities? Do we appreciate its place in our daily lives? ... More
The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

The Devil: A Very Short Introduction  

Darren Oldridge

Print Publication Year: 
May 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777776
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199580996.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199580996
Focussing specifically on the Christian Devil, The Devil: A Very Short Introduction explores the many guises and roles he played in the Bible. He has fascinated writers and theologians ... More
Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction

Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction  

Lynda Mugglestone

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777639
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199573790.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199573790
Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction demonstrates that dictionaries are not merely works which list the words and meanings of a language. They are human products, reflecting ... More
Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction  

Patricia Aufderheide

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365494
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195182705.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780195182705
Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction takes readers along the diverse paths of documentary history and charts the lively, often fierce debates among filmmakers and ... More
Druids: A Very Short Introduction

Druids: A Very Short Introduction  

Barry Cunliffe

Print Publication Year: 
May 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777233
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199539406.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199539406
The Druids: A Very Short Introduction sets out to answer the questions: Who were the Druids? What do we know about them? Do they still exist today? The Druids first came into ... More

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