Six new Introductions have been published online this month, including one new edition. Find out more:
- American Military History: A Very Short Introduction, by Joseph T. Glatthaar, outlines the forces shaping the American military for the past 400 years. To succeed, the American military needs improved communication, understanding, and support.
- City Planning: A Very Short Introduction, by Carl Abbott, gives an international overview of progress in city planning over the last century. City planning explores the tension between the idea of cities as individually held land-parcels and as representations of community and identity.
- The Maya: A Very Short Introduction, by Matthew Restall and Amara Solari, examines the history and evolution of Maya civilization, explaining Maya polities or city-states, artistic expression, and ways of understanding the universe.
- Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction (new edition), by Robert J. C. Young, describes how people around the world have increasingly challenged the idea that Western perspectives are the only ones that count. This VSI situates the discussion in wide cultural and geographical contexts.
- Silent Film: A Very Short Introduction, by Donna Kornhaber, covers the full span of the silent era, touching on films and filmmakers from every corner of the globe and focusing on how the public experienced these films. Silent film evolved during three main periods: early, transitional, and classical.
- Soft Matter: A Very Short Introduction, by Tom McLeish, explores the field of soft matter, looking beneath the appearances of matter into its inner structure. Drawing on physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering, soft matter science links fundamental scientific ideas to everyday phenomena.