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1. What and when is late antiquity?

1. What and when is late antiquity?  

Gillian Clark

in Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777295
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199546206.003.0001
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9780199546206
‘What and when is late antiquity?’ examines the meaning of late antiquity and how the classical world began to change during this period. Debates surrounding the definition of the late ... More
2. The Coming of War

2. The Coming of War  

Michael Howard

in The First World War: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776878
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199205592.003.0002
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9780199205592
Although the Balkan crisis differed little from those that had preceded it, Austria–Hungary was determined to use it to permanently crush the Serbian threat. ‘The Coming of War’ ... More
16. Pomp and Circumstance

16. Pomp and Circumstance  

Christopher Harvie and H. C. G. Matthew

in Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776533
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853981.003.0016
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9780192853981
‘Pomp and Circumstance’ addresses the enduring importance of the aristocracy. They remained the dominant force in Westminster politics and officered the army. Aristocrats augmented their ... More
24. ‘Your English Summer's Done’

24. ‘Your English Summer's Done’  

Christopher Harvie and H. C. G. Matthew

in Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776533
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853981.003.0024
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9780192853981
‘Your English Summer's Done’ describes the lead-up to the First World War. Britain's entente policy committed it to the French and Russian side of the European equation. Britain could bring ... More
3. Politics, Law, and Religion in the Early Middle Ages

3. Politics, Law, and Religion in the Early Middle Ages  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776564
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0003
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9780192854025
Wales in the eleventh century was a group of small kingdoms without stable borders. They changed in accordance with law and politics. The English kings had done little to impose military ... More
5. England at War, 1290–1390

5. England at War, 1290–1390  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776564
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0005
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The late Middle Ages, from around 1290, was both a turbulent and decadent period. England's civil and foreign wars lasted for many years and cost vast amounts of money and lives. ‘England ... More
1. In Good King Edward's golden days

1. In Good King Edward's golden days  

Nicholas Vincent

in Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777806
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199582877.003.0002
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9780199582877
‘In Good King Edward's golden days’ describes the style of kingship practiced by the Plantagenets and how Magna Carta was created in response to their excesses. Magna Carta was drawn up ... More
5. Practising magic

5. Practising magic  

Owen Davies

in Magic: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777929
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588022.003.0006
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9780199588022
You have to ‘do’ magic — it's a practical action. In ‘Practising magic’ magical actions, such as the sympathetic magic (voodoo dolls), the doctrine of signatures (powerful plants), and ... More
5. Identities

5. Identities  

Klaus Dodds

in Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (3rd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2019
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Jul 2019
eISBN: 
9780191868825
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198830764.003.0005
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9780198830764
‘Identities’ discusses identity politics, because geopolitics is at its heart about imagining and articulating differences between selves and others. What binds the two together is emotion ... More
9. Turning the tables

9. Turning the tables  

Dorothy H. Crawford

in Viruses: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191848520
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198811718.003.0010
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9780198811718
How are diseases such as smallpox eradicated? ‘Turning the tables’ outlines the development of vaccination programmes including Edward Jenner’s research on smallpox in the late 18th century ... More
6. Whither the silk road?

6. Whither the silk road?  

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/9780199782864.003.0006
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9780199782864
‘Whither the silk road?’ considers the silk road’s fate. It was traditionally believed that the silk road declined after 1500 with the arrival of European ships in the Indian Ocean. ... More
5. The whitening of the West

5. The whitening of the West  

Stephen Aron

in The American West: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2014
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Jan 2015
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9780199393602
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199858934.003.0006
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9780199858934
“What is the true significance of the word ‘white’?” asked Pablo de la Guerra, a delegate to the convention charged with writing a constitution for a new state of California, in 1849. The ... More
5. Strategy

5. Strategy  

Harry Sidebottom

in Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776045
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804709.003.0005
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9780192804709
Examining the grand but unfulfilled decisions and plans of various leaders and races from the ancient world allows us to learn a great deal about ancient strategy in warfare.‘Strategy’ ... More
2. Smallpox

2. Smallpox  

Christian W. McMillen

in Pandemics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
eISBN: 
9780190625214
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199340071.003.0003
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9780199340071
The world was declared smallpox-free in 1980, but this endemic and pandemic disease had killed hundreds of millions of people over the preceding millennium. Smallpox was first described in ... More
6. Æthelred and Cnut: The Decline of the English Monarchy

6. Æthelred and Cnut: The Decline of the English Monarchy  

John Blair

in The Anglo-Saxon Age: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776571
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854032.003.0006
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9780192854032
The following two reigns after Eadgar would show that there were many limitations to West Saxon kingship of England. Edward ‘the Martyr’ lasted just a short while before being replaced ... More
1. All things to all men

1. All things to all men  

Barry Cunliffe

in The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775901
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804181.003.0001
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9780192804181
‘All things to all men’ considers the many different conceptions of Celticness: from New Age body decoration to concerns for the survival of regional identity, from half-baked attempts at ... More
2. The Plantagenet Kings

2. The Plantagenet Kings  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776564
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0002
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9780192854025
Henry II is best remembered for his dubious part in the murder of Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury. ‘The Plantagent Kings’ looks at the lives of the medieval English kings from the ... More
2. From the tails of dolphins to the tower of politics

2. From the tails of dolphins to the tower of politics  

John H. Arnold

in History: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776342
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853523.003.0002
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9780192853523
‘From the tails of dolphins to the tower of politics’ charts the beginnings of history as an activity. History was studied in antiquity as far back as the Babylonians. The Greek Herodotus ... More
13. Reinventing the Celts

13. Reinventing the Celts  

Barry Cunliffe

in The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775901
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804181.003.0013
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9780192804181
‘Reinventing the Celts’ stresses that, while the disparate Celtic-speaking communities may have recognized some degree of kinship, they did not consider themselves a nation or, indeed, ... More
7. Still at War, 1390–1490

7. Still at War, 1390–1490  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776564
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0007
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780192854025
The fifteenth century was a turbulent one. As in the twelfth century, an element of dynastic instability was injected into English politics at the end of the fourteenth century which ... More

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