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1. Life on the steppes

1. Life on the steppes  

Morris Rossabi

in The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365906
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10.1093/actrade/9780199840892.003.0001
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The image of savagery and allegedly animal-like behaviour of the Mongols was reinforced by their lifestyle and their dependence on animals for food, clothing, shelter, fuel, and medicines. ... More
Conclusion

Conclusion  

John Dunn

in Locke: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775888
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803948.003.0004
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The ‘Conclusion’ reviews the mission of John Locke's philosophy. For Locke, the task of a philosopher was to prove that the truth was independent of human desires and tastes, and that at ... More
8. The descent into hell

8. The descent into hell  

Nick Groom

in The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777905
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586790.003.0008
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‘The descent into hell’ puts the ‘Gothic’ literature of this time into the political and social context of that era, a time of upheaval. The century after the end of the 1760s saw a huge ... More
The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction

The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction  

Morris Rossabi

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780199840892.001.0001
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The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction follows the Mongol empire from its height of success to its collapse from internal disunity. Struggles for succession and ill-planned, ... More
5. The Mongols and the world: part 2

5. The Mongols and the world: part 2  

Morris Rossabi

in The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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10.1093/actrade/9780199840892.003.0005
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The Golden Horde was the longest-lived of the Mongol khanates. Few Mongols actually got to Russia. The khans expected their Turkic military forces to administrate the domain. The Turkic ... More
4. The Mongols and the world: part 1

4. The Mongols and the world: part 1  

Morris Rossabi

in The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365906
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10.1093/actrade/9780199840892.003.0004
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By the time of the accession of Khubilai Khan (Chinggis's grandson) as the Great Khan in 1260, the Mongols were ruling over a huge east–west empire stretching from Korea to Iraq and Russia. ... More
6. Othello

6. Othello  

Stanley Wells

in Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2017
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Apr 2017
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9780191827297
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10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.003.0007
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Like Romeo and Juliet, Othello is a fictional love tragedy focusing on two private individuals whose lives are not bound up with the fate of nations. The play is based on an Italian tale—a ... More
7. Shakespeare and dramatic literature

7. Shakespeare and dramatic literature  

Jonathan Bate

in English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777578
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569267.003.0007
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How can we best appreciate Shakespeare's texts? Should they only be seen, or in contrast, only be read? ‘Shakespeare and dramatic literature’ considers this issue. Some argue that the ... More
3. History and heroes

3. History and heroes  

Ben Hutchinson

in Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191844911
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10.1093/actrade/9780198807278.003.0003
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Seen from a Western perspective, the history of comparative literature can be divided into three categories: how European literatures have been compared inside Europe; how European ... More
Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction

Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Ferber

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Sep 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777547
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10.1093/actrade/9780199568918.001.0001
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Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction explores the definition of the word ‘Romantic’ and considers its origins. What is Romanticism? Who were the Romantics? and What did they ... More
6. The arts

6. The arts  

Michael Ferber

in Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777547
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10.1093/actrade/9780199568918.003.0006
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‘The arts’ surveys the arts Romanticism inspired. Was Beethoven a Romantic or a ‘classical’ composer? Who are the major figures of Romanticism within music? The prestige of music is ... More
1. The Biography Channel

1. The Biography Channel  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0001
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Can we agree a definition of biography? ‘The Biography Channel’ examines the difficulty of defining a neat, single meaning for biography. Two metaphors offer different perspectives on ... More
Biography: A Very Short Introduction

Biography: A Very Short Introduction  

Hermione Lee

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.001.0001
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Biography: A Very Short Introduction looks at the origins and development of biographical writing. Why do certain people and historical events arouse so much interest? How can ... More
4. The study of English

4. The study of English  

Jonathan Bate

in English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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9780191777578
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569267.003.0004
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The way that we have studied literature has changed over the years. ‘The study of English’ looks at how English language and literature have been studied since the 16th century. The ... More
3. When it began

3. When it began  

Jonathan Bate

in English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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There is an ancient history to the origins of English literature, which is contrary to the Anglocentric version of literary history. ‘When it began’ looks at the many inputs into the ... More
2. Wit

2. Wit  

Bart van Es

in Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191789823
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723356.003.0003
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‘Wit’ considers Shakespeare’s jokes, including puns, double meanings, and the psychology of laughter. Many aspects of Shakespeare’s comedy remain constant, but there are also developments ... More
3. ‘Tidings of me will go out over all great Rus’Pushkin and the Russian literary canon

3. ‘Tidings of me will go out over all great Rus’: Pushkin and the Russian literary canon  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775314
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0003
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Pushkin set out to create a monument out of his work and ‘“Tidings of me will go out over all great Rus”: Pushkin and the Russian literary canon’ looks at the work that other writers left. ... More
1. The worlds of faeryfar away & down below

1. The worlds of faery: far away & down below  

Marina Warner

in Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191853500
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10.1093/actrade/9780199532155.003.0001
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9780199532155
‘The worlds of faery: far away and down below’ explains that the ‘Other Worlds’ which fairy tales explore open a way for writers and storytellers to speak in ‘Other’ terms, especially when ... More
3. Voices on the pagetales, tellers, & translators

3. Voices on the page: tales, tellers, & translators  

Marina Warner

in Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191853500
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10.1093/actrade/9780199532155.003.0003
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‘Voices on the page: tales, tellers, and translators’ describes how the modern fairy tale came about. The late seventeenth and early eighteenth century marks the start; Charles Perrault and ... More
4. National Biography

4. National Biography  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0004
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9780199533541
The hallmarks of Victorian biography, quite unlike the risky narratives of the generation before — were morality and reticence. ‘National Biography’ traces the development in biographical ... More

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