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8. The view from Hollywood

8. The view from Hollywood  

Stephen Aron

in The American West: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2014
Published Online: 
Jan 2015
eISBN: 
9780199393602
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199858934.003.0009
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9780199858934
‘The view from Hollywood’ begins with the “Westerns” that dominated American cinema for much of the twentieth century and that influenced popular understandings of the western past. It goes ... More
5. Morality without freedom?

5. Morality without freedom?  

Thomas Pink

in Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2004
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776366
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.003.0005
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9780192853585
‘Morality without freedom?’ asks whether we can be morally responsible if we are not free. Ordinary moral theory holds people responsible only for actions they can control. Freedom requires ... More
6. Fighting

6. Fighting  

Harry Sidebottom

in Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2004
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776045
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804709.003.0006
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9780192804709
It wasn't until John Keegan's book The Face of Battle was published in 1976 that historians started to look at battle from the perspective of the ordinary soldier. ‘Fighting’ looks at ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Simon Yarrow

in Saints: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2018
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Sep 2018
eISBN: 
9780191781308
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199676514.003.0001
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9780199676514
Saints are persons who by various means have demonstrated such worth in their lifetimes as to posthumously merit the company of God. The saint is a ‘holy one’, someone whose exemplary and ... More
6. The Native novel

6. The Native novel  

Sean Teuton

in Native American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
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Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780190231392
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199944521.003.0006
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9780199944521
‘The Native novel’ outlines the first Native American novels— John Rollin Ridge’s Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit (1854) and Sophia Alice Callahan’s ... More
3. Republicanism and democracy

3. Republicanism and democracy  

Bernard Crick

in Democracy: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2002
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775574
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802507.003.0004
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9780192802507
‘Republicanism and democracy’ explores how different societies drew on republican ideals and, over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, moved towards a democratic ... More
5. New England

5. New England  

Alan Taylor

in Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365876
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199766239.003.0006
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9780199766239
The English founded a new set of colonies in New England during the beginning of the seventeenth century. This area attracted a different type of colonist: people of some wealth, espousing ... More
5. Writing the Empire story

5. Writing the Empire story  

Ashley Jackson

in The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778193
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199605415.003.0006
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9780199605415
‘Writing the Empire Story’ examines how this powerful theme of Empire has influenced both British and postcolonial consciousness. Empire was once a central feature of the British national ... More
7. Bronze elephants: classical and Christian culture

7. Bronze elephants: classical and Christian culture  

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/9780199546206.003.0007
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9780199546206
‘Bronze elephants: classical and Christian culture’ looks at the Roman empire and Gothic, classical, and Christian culture. Some of the writings of Augustine are outlined, including On ... More
6. Barbarism

6. Barbarism  

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/9780199546206.003.0006
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9780199546206
‘Barbarism’ examines the late antique understanding of barbarism. Is barbarism about society, art, behaviour, or fashion? Who were the Barbarians, and where did they come from? The Romans ... More
8. Decisive change?

8. Decisive change?  

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/9780199546206.003.0008
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9780199546206
‘Decisive change?’ looks at the forces ranged against the Christian Roman empire — including Islam, the Saracens, Persians, and Arabs — and investigates the fall of Rome. The Arab conquest ... More
3. Mathematical Information

3. Mathematical Information  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0004
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9780199551378
‘Mathematical information’ explores mathematical approaches to investigating information. The Mathematical Theory of Communication (MTC) is the most important of these approaches, and aims ... More
6. A question of identity

6. A question of identity  

Richard Bauckham

in Jesus: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777691
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199575275.003.0006
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9780199575275
After Jesus dies, his Jewish followers proclaim him the Messiah of Israel. People are impressed with his authority. Some see him as a prophet, others as the royal Messiah of David. In the ... More
5. Reforming martyrdom

5. Reforming martyrdom  

Jolyon Mitchell

in Martyrdom: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777882
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199585236.003.0005
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9780199585236
During the mid-16th century, stories of contemporary and historic martyrdoms began to be circulated. This resulted in further debates about martyrdom. With the invention of the printing ... More
5. The charter defeated: the charter victorious

5. The charter defeated: the charter victorious  

Nicholas Vincent

in Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777806
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199582877.003.0006
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9780199582877
‘The charter defeated: the charter victorious’ describes the short-term failure and long-term success of Magna Carta. Within nine weeks of its issue, Magna Carta was redundant because most ... More
1. Reputation

1. Reputation  

Donald Winch

in Malthus: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778360
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199670413.003.0001
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9780199670413
The principle which Robert Malthus enunciated with such force was a universal one capable of explaining the past, present, and future condition of mankind wherever it was to be found — that ... More
1. A house of many mansions

1. A house of many mansions  

Michael Freeden

in Liberalism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2015
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Jun 2015
eISBN: 
9780191783258
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199670437.003.0001
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9780199670437
‘A house of many mansions’ shows that to understand liberalism you must recognize that there are various ways of looking at it. Liberalism is an ideology that contains seven political ... More
4. Easter

4. Easter  

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

in The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776076
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804990.003.0004
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9780192804990
‘Easter’ is concerned with the history and complexities of the calculation of the timing of Easter, the commemoration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and historically the most important ... More
7. ‘People should know when they are conquered’: the reinventions of the Western Way of War

7. ‘People should know when they are conquered’: the reinventions of the Western Way of War  

Harry Sidebottom

in Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2004
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776045
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804709.003.0007
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780192804709
Psychology plays an important part in victory and defeat in ancient warfare. Despite what many people are led to believe by depictions of classical warfare in films and books, genocide was ... 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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chapter
ISBN: 
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

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