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1. Before Alexander

1. Before Alexander  

Hugh Bowden

in Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2014
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Jul 2014
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9780191780028
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198706151.003.0002
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9780198706151
‘Before Alexander’ gives a brief history of the Achaemenid Persian Empire and the kingdom of Macedon before they came into conflict, to set the scene for Alexander the Great's era. The ... More
4. The responsibilities and dangers of the empire

4. The responsibilities and dangers of the empire  

Geoffrey Hosking

in Russian History: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777769
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10.1093/actrade/9780199580989.003.0005
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‘The Responsibilities and dangers of Empire’ shows that by the mid-17th century, it had become clear that Russia was primarily a north Eurasian empire, rather than an Orthodox ecumene or an ... More
1. What is epidemiology?

1. What is epidemiology?  

Rodolfo Saracci

in Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777257
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10.1093/actrade/9780199543335.003.0001
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9780199543335
Epidemiology is defined as the study of all aspects of health at the level of population. Its scope includes the description of how diseases and, more generally, health-related conditions ... More
1. Definitions

1. Definitions  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776960
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10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.003.0001
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9780199214891
Why read less than ‘good’ (and sometimes downright bad) books? Are they not throw-away literature? ‘Definitions’ argues that, though bestsellers may be ephemeral, they are vivid snapshots ... More
Russian History: A Very Short Introduction

Russian History: A Very Short Introduction  

Geoffrey Hosking

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777769
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199580989.001.0001
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book
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9780199580989
Spanning the divide between Europe and Asia, Russia is a multi-ethnic empire with a huge territory, strategically placed and abundantly provided with natural resources. Russian History: A ... More
5. Peoples on the move

5. Peoples on the move  

Barry Cunliffe

in The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775901
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804181.003.0005
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9780192804181
‘Peoples on the move’ points out that the movement of Celts from north of the Alps into the Mediterranean lands after about 400 BC is amply documented by Greek and Roman historians writing ... More
7. The Soviet Union: triumph, decline, and fall

7. The Soviet Union: triumph, decline, and fall  

Geoffrey Hosking

in Russian History: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777769
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199580989.003.0008
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9780199580989
‘The Soviet Union: triumph, decline and fall’ begins the end World War II, resulting in the USSR gaining an ‘outer empire’ in Central Europe and the Balkans and building Soviet-style ... More
2. Prince: Alexander in the Macedonian court

2. Prince: Alexander in the Macedonian court  

Hugh Bowden

in Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2014
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Jul 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780028
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198706151.003.0003
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chapter
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9780198706151
‘Prince: Alexander in the Macedonian Court’ looks at Alexander's childhood and at a number of women who played an important part in his upbringing, such as his mother, Olympias; Eurydice, ... More
2. Eras of silk road fluorescence

2. Eras of silk road fluorescence  

James A. Millward

in The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780199365883
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10.1093/actrade/9780199782864.003.0002
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9780199782864
‘Eras of silk road fluorescence’ looks at the effect on silk road communications of shifting political groupings. The most intense communications took place when both nomadic states and the ... More
Conclusion

Conclusion  

Helen Morales

in Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776052
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804761.003.0009
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9780192804761
Classical mythology is kept alive if the stories are being used and retold. It is a continual process of telling, retelling, provoking, reacting, analysing, and revising. The Conclusion ... More
1. ‘At my signal unleash hell’: the Western Way of War?

1. ‘At my signal unleash hell’: the Western Way of War?  

Harry Sidebottom

in Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776045
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804709.003.0001
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9780192804709
Popular culture depicts the Romans fighting the ‘Western Way of War’ where the aim is an open, decisive battle, which is won with courage and discipline. The other side are portrayed as ... More
Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction  

John Sutherland

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Oct 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776960
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.001.0001
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book
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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
2. The modern scene

2. The modern scene  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776960
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.003.0002
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9780199214891
Why, when reading is so private an activity, should people want, so simultaneously, the one ‘book of the day’? ‘The modern scene’ evokes the history of bestsellerism in images such as ... More
11. Alexandria

11. Alexandria  

Paul Cartledge

in Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778124
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601349.003.0011
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9780199601349
To stabilize his conquests strategically, and to unify his new kingdom culturally, Alexander III founded a number of Greek-speaking eponymous Alexandrias. There is some dispute over exactly ... More
9. Babylonia in later ages: (6th century bc to 2nd century ad)

9. Babylonia in later ages: (6th century bc to 2nd century ad)  

Trevor Bryce

in Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2016
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Sep 2016
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9780191793288
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10.1093/actrade/9780198726470.003.0010
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9780198726470
‘Babylon in later ages’ begins with Babylonia under Persian rule when Cyrus invaded in 539. He honoured, preserved, and maintained Babylon’s and Babylonia’s time-honoured traditions, cults, ... More
4. Collecting Facts

4. Collecting Facts  

Jonathan Barnes

in Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Nov 2015
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9780191822322
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854087.003.0004
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9780192854087
‘Collecting Facts’ examines Aristotle’s research methods. While much of his work was based on his own study and observations, he also relied on the expertise of others. Written sources were ... More
3. Mobilize and survive: the Republic at war

3. Mobilize and survive: the Republic at war  

Helen Graham

in The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775864
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803771.003.0003
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9780192803771
The Republic quickly tried to mobilize domestic resources after the uprising in July 1936. International help was not forthcoming with the Non-Intervention Treaty of August 1936. ‘Mobilize ... More
2. Empire by land

2. Empire by land  

Stephen Howe

in Empire: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775536
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802231.003.0003
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9780192802231
‘Empire by land’ looks at the long history of land-based imperial systems, both ancient and modern. Empires can be categorized in all kinds of ways, but perhaps the most basic and important ... More
3. The Russian Empire and Europe

3. The Russian Empire and Europe  

Geoffrey Hosking

in Russian History: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777769
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199580989.003.0004
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chapter
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9780199580989
‘The Russian Empire and Europe’ shows how Peter the Great's creation of a national army and navy consolidated Russia as a European power. To defend its frontiers, and to deal with threats ... More
5. Reform and revolution

5. Reform and revolution  

Geoffrey Hosking

in Russian History: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777769
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199580989.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199580989
‘Reform and revolution’ illustrates how defeat in the Crimean War clarified the need for the abolition of serfdom. Russian nationalism and the formation of the Union of Russian People in ... More

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