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2. The physical dimension: our natural environments

2. The physical dimension: our natural environments  

John A. Matthews and David T. Herbert

in Geography: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191776946
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10.1093/actrade/9780199211289.003.0002
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‘The physical dimension: our natural environments’ outlines the field of physical geography. Physical geographers think of the world as comprising a number of different spheres. Physical ... More
4. Living in a vertical world

4. Living in a vertical world  

Martin F. Price

in Mountains: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
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9780191782466
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10.1093/actrade/9780199695881.003.0004
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‘Living in a vertical world’ describes the characteristic zones of mountains; plant and animal life above the treeline; mountain forests; valley floors and agriculture; and mountain ... More
Geography: A Very Short Introduction

Geography: A Very Short Introduction  

John A. Matthews and David T. Herbert

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May 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776946
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199211289.001.0001
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Geography: A Very Short Introduction charts modern geography's development from its historical roots in exploring foreign lands and mapping the regions of the world. Spanning ... More
6. Oikos

6. Oikos  

Erle C. Ellis

in Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191834738
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792987.003.0006
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Human reshaping of ecology has been driving the Anthropocene transition since its very first beginnings. ‘Oikos’ explains that the Anthropocene poses even greater challenges for those ... More
3. Geologic time

3. Geologic time  

Erle C. Ellis

in Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191834738
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792987.003.0003
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If we are to understand the case both for and against recognizing the Anthropocene as an interval of geologic time, a basic understanding of the science of stratigraphy and how the Geologic ... More
1. What is (and is not) exploration?

1. What is (and is not) exploration?  

Stewart A. Weaver

in Exploration: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2015
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Jan 2015
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9780199393787
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10.1093/actrade/9780199946952.003.0001
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‘What is (and is not) exploration?’ discusses what it means to explore and be an explorer by considering explorations and discoveries through history by Leif Eiriksson, Christopher ... More
Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction  

Erle C. Ellis

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792987.001.0001
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Humanity’s impact on the planet has been profound. From fire, intensive hunting, and agriculture, it has accelerated into rapid climate change, widespread pollution, plastic accumulation, ... More
1. Multilingualism and porous borders

1. Multilingualism and porous borders  

Jo Labanyi

in Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191776939
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10.1093/actrade/9780199208050.003.0002
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9780199208050
When can we say that ‘Spain’ crystallized? Does the literature of medieval ‘Iberia’ belong in a history of ‘Spanish literature’? ‘Multilingualism and porous borders’ attempts to explain how ... More
3. Sedimentary rocks

3. Sedimentary rocks  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Rocks: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
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9780191792588
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10.1093/actrade/9780198725190.003.0003
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9780198725190
The Earth has the greatest abundance and variety of sedimentary strata in our star system, dating back some 3.8 billion years. ‘Sedimentary rocks’ describes the processes that create ... More
4. Die Eiszeit

4. Die Eiszeit  

Jamie Woodward

in The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
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9780191779671
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10.1093/actrade/9780199580699.003.0005
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9780199580699
‘Die Eiszeit’ — The Ice Age — was first coined in 1837 by Karl Friedrich Schimper, but he, Venetz, and Charpentier were overshadowed by Louis Agassiz whose Études sur les glaciers (1840) ... More
9. On to independence

9. On to independence  

Rolena Adorno

in Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780199365845
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10.1093/actrade/9780199755028.003.0010
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9780199755028
‘On to independence’ assesses literature's effects on the drive for Latin American independence. Carrió de la Vandera's El Lazarillo parodied contemporary travel literature, exposing the ... More
The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction

The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction  

David Carrasco

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365708
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10.1093/actrade/9780195379389.001.0001
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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
1. The city of Tenochtitlan: center of the Aztec world

1. The city of Tenochtitlan: center of the Aztec world  

Davíd Carrasco

in The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365708
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10.1093/actrade/9780195379389.003.0001
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‘The city of Tenochtitlan: center of the Aztec world’ describes Tenochtitlan. The Spanish expeditionary forces, led by Hernan Cortés, were amazed by Tenochtitlan. It lay at the heart of a ... More
2. Aztec foundations: Aztlan, cities, peoples

2. Aztec foundations: Aztlan, cities, peoples  

Davíd Carrasco

in The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2012
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9780199365708
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10.1093/actrade/9780195379389.003.0002
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‘Aztec foundations: Aztlan, cities, peoples’ explores Aztec foundation myths. A number of different groups migrated to the Aztec basin. Their stories were akin to an epic odyssey: a ... More
4. Geography as a whole: the common ground

4. Geography as a whole: the common ground  

John A. Matthews and David T. Herbert

in Geography: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191776946
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10.1093/actrade/9780199211289.003.0004
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9780199211289
‘Geography as a whole: the common ground’ covers integrated geography. Regional geography aims to research differences, inform policy, and solve problems in specific regions. Historical ... More
5. Exploration and the Enlightenment

5. Exploration and the Enlightenment  

Stewart A. Weaver

in Exploration: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2015
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Jan 2015
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9780199393787
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10.1093/actrade/9780199946952.003.0005
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‘Exploration and the Enlightenment ’ considers a “Second Great Age of Discovery” that came about during the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. It began with the 1735 Geodesic Mission to the ... More
3. Nineteenth-century prose: the revelation of Latin America

3. Nineteenth-century prose: the revelation of Latin America  

Roberto González Echevarría

in Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365838
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10.1093/actrade/9780199754915.003.0003
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9780199754915
‘Nineteenth-century prose: the revelation of Latin America’ explores the descriptive and analytic prose of Latin America. Narrative work requires a conception of time. The discovery of the ... More
Exploration: A Very Short Introduction

Exploration: A Very Short Introduction  

Stewart A. Weaver

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Mar 2015
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Jan 2015
eISBN: 
9780199393787
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10.1093/actrade/9780199946952.001.0001
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9780199946952
For as long as there have been civilizations, there has been the urge to venture outside of them, either in search of other civilizations or in search of novelty. But what accounts for this ... More

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