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3. Myth and religion

3. Myth and religion  

Robert A. Segal

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

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
eISBN: 
9780191792328
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198724704.003.0004
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9780198724704
‘Myth and religion’ explores how twentieth-century theories from religious studies have sought to reconcile myth with science by reconciling religion with science. One tactic has been to ... More
3. Party organizations: What do they look like? What do they do?

3. Party organizations: What do they look like? What do they do?  

L. Sandy Maisel

in American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2016
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Jul 2016
eISBN: 
9780190458195
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190458164.003.0003
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9780190458164
‘Party organizations: What do they look like? What do they do?’ examines each of those questions and reveals that political party organizations in the United States reflect the nation's ... More
3. Making the first American West

3. Making the first American West  

Stephen Aron

in The American West: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2014
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Jan 2015
eISBN: 
9780199393602
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10.1093/actrade/9780199858934.003.0004
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9780199858934
‘Making the first American West’ outlines the “First West”, a vast territory beyond the Appalachian Mountains that remained the focus of intense rivalries between French, Spanish, and ... More
1. An Ad Hoc NavyThe Revolutionary War (1775–1783)

1. An Ad Hoc Navy: The Revolutionary War (1775–1783)  

Craig L. Symonds

in American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2018
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May 2018
eISBN: 
9780199394777
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199394760.003.0001
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9780199394760
‘An ad hoc navy: the Revolutionary War (1775–1783)’ describes the Patriots’ response to the British Royal Navy strongholds in Boston and New York and the role of armed vessels during the ... More
9. Confronting the SovietsThe Cold War Navy (1945–1975)

9. Confronting the Soviets: The Cold War Navy (1945–1975)  

Craig L. Symonds

in American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2018
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May 2018
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9780199394777
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199394760.003.0009
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9780199394760
At the end of World War II, the U.S. Navy was more than twice as large as all the rest of the navies of the world combined. The inevitable contraction that followed was less draconian than ... More
4. LegaciesWhat history has made of the founding fathers

4. Legacies: What history has made of the founding fathers  

R. B. Bernstein

in The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
eISBN: 
9780190273545
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190273514.003.0004
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9780190273514
“Legacies: What history has made of the founding fathers” shows that the founding fathers’ history has unfolded in two ways—one being their developing role in the American people’s ... More
4. The legislative-executive process

4. The legislative-executive process  

Richard M. Valelly

in American Politics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365692
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195373851.003.0004
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9780195373851
‘The legislative-executive process’ looks at the issue of immobility in the American legislative-executive process. Policy gridlock could result if there were, for example, a Republican in ... More
3. Balance of powers

3. Balance of powers  

David J. Bodenhamer

in The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2018
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Apr 2018
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9780190865689
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10.1093/actrade/9780195378320.003.0003
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9780195378320
Two questions guided the framers when dividing power among the branches of government: What were the limits and purposes of national power? What were the roles and responsibilities of the ... More
3. Indians in the East

3. Indians in the East  

Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green

in North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365555
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195307542.003.0003
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9780195307542
As the American Revolution ended, Native peoples saw new challenges. Although the United States had just been created, the survival of the new nation relied on cooperation with the ... More
3. Independence

3. Independence  

Robert J. Allison

in The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780190861124
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190225063.003.0003
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9780190225063
By spring 1776 British authority had collapsed in the colonies. Congress appointed John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston to draft a ... More
8. Empires

8. Empires  

Alan Taylor

in Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365876
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10.1093/actrade/9780199766239.003.0009
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9780199766239
From 1689 to 1763, four huge imperial wars were waged between the French and the British. ‘Empires’ looks at the battle for territory that raged at the end of one century and into the next ... More
1. Words, images, meanings

1. Words, images, meanings  

R. B. Bernstein

in The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
eISBN: 
9780190273545
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190273514.003.0001
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9780190273514
The phrase “founding fathers” is central to how Americans talk about politics, and “Words, images, meanings” describes when the phrase was first coined, what it really means, and how ... More
4. The chief justice

4. The chief justice  

Linda Greenhouse

in The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365821
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199754540.003.0004
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9780199754540
The judicial article of the Constitution (Article III) does not mention a chief justice. However, the role is vital and the office has grown considerably over the years. That said, ‘The ... More
1. The context of American elections and political parties

1. The context of American elections and political parties  

L. Sandy Maisel

in American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2016
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Jul 2016
eISBN: 
9780190458195
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190458164.003.0001
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9780190458164
‘The context of American elections and political parties’ explains the framework under which elections are run in the United States. This is laid out in the Constitution, which outlines the ... More
The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction

The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction  

R. B. Bernstein

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
eISBN: 
9780190273545
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190273514.001.0001
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book
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9780190273514
The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction provides an overview of the brilliant, flawed, and quarrelsome group of lawyers, politicians, merchants, military men, and ... More
The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction  

Robert J. Allison

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780190861124
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190225063.001.0001
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book
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9780190225063
Between 1760 and 1800, the American people cast off British rule to create a new nation and a radically new form of government based on the idea that people have the right to govern ... More
American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction

American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

L. Sandy Maisel

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2016
Published Online: 
Jul 2016
eISBN: 
9780190458195
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190458164.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780190458164
American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction examines the electoral process in the United States and explains why it is widely misunderstood. Why is participation in ... More
2. The presidency

2. The presidency  

Richard M. Valelly

in American Politics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365692
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195373851.003.0002
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9780195373851
‘The presidency’ explores how presidents communicate with the American public. Presidential activity such as engaging in townhall style meetings, weekly radio addresses or webcasts, or ... More
5. Was America different?

5. Was America different?  

Robert J. Allison

in The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
eISBN: 
9780190861124
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190225063.003.0005
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780190225063
America differed from the old world: its physical landscape, the population's high rate of literacy, and the institution of slavery. After the Revolution, these features continued to set ... More

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