Four new Introductions have been published this month, including three new editions. Find out more:
- British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (new edition), by Tony Wright, explores the history of British politics, looking at whether the present instability is an aberration, the result of long-standing fault lines, or both. However, even after the 2019 general election, it remains uncertain whether the character of British politics will fundamentally change.
- Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (new edition), by Damien Keown, brings together two largely independent fields of knowledge: Buddhism and ethics. While Buddhism shares many moral values with other religions, some aspects of its moral teachings are less familiar and result in positions that are more nuanced than might at first be imagined.
- Fire: A Very Short Introduction, by Andrew C. Scott, considers fire’s four-hundred-million-year history, its chemical composition, its role in human development, and its different meanings, from heat and comfort to death and destruction. In the context of our changing climate, an improved understanding of fire worldwide is urgently needed.
- The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (new edition), by Linda Greenhouse, draws on the Court’s history and its written and unwritten rules to show how it operates in the early twenty-first century. How do cases reach the Supreme Court? What features have other courts around the world taken from the Supreme Court, and what have they left?