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9. Neodruids and the neopagans

9. Neodruids and the neopagans  

Barry Cunliffe

in Druids: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777233
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199539406.003.0009
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9780199539406
Whilst 18th-century neodruidic societies embraced the trappings of romantic druidism — occasionally making spurious claims to legitimate descent from the Druids of the Classical world — ... More
4. The making of rebel Spain

4. The making of rebel Spain  

Helen Graham

in The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775864
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803771.003.0004
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9780192803771
Why do writers on the Spanish Civil War make a sharp distinction between the political unity of the rebels under Franco and the fragmentation of the Republicans? There was more of a sense ... More
4. 1915: The War Continues

4. 1915: The War Continues  

Michael Howard

in The First World War: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776878
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10.1093/actrade/9780199205592.003.0004
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9780199205592
Had this been a ‘limited war’ in the style of the 18th century, governments might, by 1915, have declared a truce and negotiated a compromise peace. However, the war had escalated outside ... More
The celebrity

The celebrity  

Nicholas Cronk

in Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688357.003.0009
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Voltaire’s historical enquiry into the nature of religion, as part of a broader concern with the progress of knowledge, puts him at the heart of the Enlightenment endeavour. But it is not ... More
2. Global war’s colonial consequences

2. Global war’s colonial consequences  

Dane Kennedy

in Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2016
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May 2016
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9780190605537
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10.1093/actrade/9780199340491.003.0003
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9780199340491
‘Global war’s colonial consequences’ shows that the Second World War produced disorder and destruction on an unprecedented scale, destabilizing states and societies across much of the ... More
4. The night Stalin and Churchill divided Europe

4. The night Stalin and Churchill divided Europe  

Joseph M. Siracusa

in Diplomacy: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777950
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588503.003.0004
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9780199588503
‘The night Stalin and Churchill divided Europe’ discusses the important meeting between Josef Stalin and Winston Churchill in Moscow on 9 October 1944, when they agreed a plan for the ... More
7. The end of British politics?

7. The end of British politics?  

Tony Wright

in British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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May 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199661107.003.0007
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9780199661107
‘The end of British Politics?’ looks at the factors that have shaped the British political scene since the two main parties polled 97% of votes in 1951. A figure that fell to 65% in 2010 ... More
2. Causation

2. Causation  

Richard English

in Modern War: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778223
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10.1093/actrade/9780199607891.003.0003
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9780199607891
What causes modern war to start? ‘Causation’ looks at the reasons for groups going to war with each other and analyses the inter-linked roles of nationalism, the state, empire, religion, ... More
7. Far from the perfect democracy

7. Far from the perfect democracy  

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
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9780190458195
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10.1093/actrade/9780190458164.003.0007
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9780190458164
Americans, even those familiar with the details of the electoral process, remain convinced that American democracy represents the ideal toward which others should strive. ‘Far from the ... More
4. Race for the H-bomb

4. Race for the H-bomb  

Joseph M. Siracusa

in Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
eISBN: 
9780191793448
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198727231.003.0004
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9780198727231
In September 1949, Clement Atlee announced that an atomic explosion had occurred in the Soviet Union, which signalled America’s atomic monopoly was over sooner than expected. ‘Race for the ... More
3. A choice between the quick and the dead

3. A choice between the quick and the dead  

Joseph M. Siracusa

in Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
eISBN: 
9780191793448
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198727231.003.0003
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9780198727231
At the beginning of the nuclear age, there were no rules, no non-proliferation norms, no concepts of nuclear deterrence, and no taboo against using such weapons. ‘A choice between the quick ... More
1. What the EU is for

1. What the EU is for  

Simon Usherwood and John Pinder

in The European Union: A Very Short Introduction (4th edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191846601
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198808855.003.0001
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9780198808855
‘What the EU is for’ explores the development of the European Community (EC). For France and Germany, finding a way to live together in a durable peace was a fundamental political priority ... More
4. Popular geopolitics

4. Popular geopolitics  

Klaus Dodds

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

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2019
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Jul 2019
eISBN: 
9780191868825
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10.1093/actrade/9780198830764.003.0004
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9780198830764
‘Popular geopolitics’ considers the interconnection between popular culture and geopolitics. It focuses on the sensorial nature of popular geopolitics—the power and politics of images and ... More
2. Humour, emotion, and cognition

2. Humour, emotion, and cognition  

Noël Carroll

in Humour: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779886
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199552221.003.0003
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9780199552221
‘Humour, emotion, and cognition’ examines the relation of humour to emotion and cognition and begins by considering whether comic amusement is an emotion. By considering comic amusement as ... More
3. Arguing: the political conversation

3. Arguing: the political conversation  

Tony Wright

in British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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May 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199661107.003.0003
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9780199661107
‘Arguing: the Political Conversation’ examines how the conduct of politics has changed since the Second World War. The traditional division between left and right in British politics had in ... More
6. Concatenations

6. Concatenations  

Steven Beller

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

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2015
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Oct 2015
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9780191792335
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198724834.003.0006
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9780198724834
By 1914, the scene was set for antisemitism on a large scale throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Racial antisemitism and ethno-nationalism had prevented a full integration of Jews into ... More
2. World War II begins

2. World War II begins  

Gerard L. Weinberg

in World War II: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
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9780191781292
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688777.003.0003
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9780199688777
The German attack on Poland began on September 1 1939, and triggered the declaration of war on Germany by Britain, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa. ... More
7. Public Roles

7. Public Roles  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0007
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9780199533541
What is the biography's relation to the performance aspect of identity, the individual's public role? ‘Public Roles’ explores the often difficult task of disentangling the public ... More
9. The Englishness of English Literature?

9. The Englishness of English 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/9780199569267.003.0009
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9780199569267
English literature: the home of nostalgia, belonging, sceptical accommodation, dissent, ridicule, self-hatred, rebellion, and alienation. ‘The Englishness of English Literature?’ examines ... More
A very short introduction

A very short introduction  

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/9780199582877.003.0001
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chapter
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9780199582877
‘A very short introduction’ establishes the date of the Maga Carta (1215), the meaning of the title (‘the Great Charter’), and the document's purpose. The first Magna Carta began life as a ... More

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