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History: A Very Short Introduction

By: Arnold, John

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR:

Seller ID: 9780192853523

ISBN: 019285352X

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There are many stories we can tell about the past, and we are not, perhaps, as free as we might imagine in our choice of which stories to tell, or where those stories end. John Arnold's addition to Oxford's popular Very Short Introductions series is a stimulating essay about how people study and understand history. The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and then explores the ways in which these questions have been answered in the past. Such key concepts as causation, interpretation, and periodization are introduced by way of co... View more info

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World Music: a Very Short Introduction

By: Bohlman, Philip V.

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR: 1/13/2015

Seller ID: 9780192854292

ISBN: 0192854291

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World Music draws readers into a remarkable range of historical encounters, in which music had the power to evoke the exotic and to give voice to the voiceless. In the course of the volume's eight chapters the reader witnesses music's involvement in the modern world, but also the individual moments and particular histories that are crucial to an understanding of music's diversity. This book is wide-ranging in its geographical scope, yet individual chapters provide in-depth treatments of selected music cultures and regional music histories. The book frequently zooms in on repertoires and musici... View more info

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Networks: A Very Short Introduction

By: Caldarelli, Guido/Catanzaro, M

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Seller ID: 9780199588077

ISBN: 0199588074

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Networks are involved in many aspects of everyday life, from food webs in ecology and the spread of pandemics to social networking and public transportation. In fact, some of the most important and familiar natural systems and social phenomena are based on a networked structure. It is impossible to understand the spread of an epidemic, a computer virus, large-scale blackouts, or massive extinctions without taking into account the network structure that underlies all these phenomena. In this Very Short Introduction, Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro discuss the nature and variety of networ... View more info

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

By: Culler, Jonathan

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Publisher: 3/3/2017

Seller ID: 9780192853837D

ISBN: 9780192853837D

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Economics: A Very Short Introduction

By: Dasgupta, Partha

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR: 7/1/2016

Seller ID: 9780192853455

ISBN: 0192853457

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Here Partha Dasgupta, an internationally recognized authority in economics, presents readers with a solid introduction to its basic concepts, including efficiency, equity, sustainability, dynamic equilibrium, property rights, markets, and public goods. Throughout, he highlights the relevance of economics to everyday life, providing a very human exploration of a technical subject. Dasgupta covers enduring issues such as population growth, the environment, and poverty. For example, he explores how the world's looming population problems affect us at the local, national, and international level. ... View more info

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Spanish Civil War

By: Graham, Helen

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Seller ID: 9780192803771

ISBN: 0192803778

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Amid the many catastrophes of the twentieth century, the Spanish Civil War continues to exert a particular fascination among history buffs and the lay-reader alike. This Very Short Introduction integrates the political, social and cultural history of the Spanish Civil War. It sets out the domestic and international context of the war for a general readership. In addition to tracing the course of war, the book locates the war's origins in the cumulative social and cultural anxieties provoked by a process of rapid, uneven and accelerating modernism taking place all over Europe. This shared conte... View more info

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United Nations: A Very Short Introduction

By: Hanhimaki, Jussi M.

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Seller ID: 9780195304374

ISBN: 0195304373

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The United Nations has been called everything from "the best hope of mankind" to "irrelevant" and "obsolete." With this much-needed introduction to the UN, Jussi Hanhimaki engages the current debate over the organizations effectiveness as he provides a clear understanding of how it was originally conceived, how it has come to its present form, and how it must confront new challenges in a rapidly changing world. After a brief history of the United Nations and its predecessor, the League of Nations, the author examines the UN's successes and failures as a guardian of international peace and ... View more info

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Happiness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By: Haybron, Daniel M.

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Seller ID: 9780199590605

ISBN: 0199590605

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Happiness is an everyday term in our lives, and most of us strive to be happy. But defining happiness can be difficult. In this Very Short Introduction, Dan Haybron considers the true nature of happiness. By examining what it is, assessing its subjective values, its importance in our lives, and how we can (and should) pursue it, he considers the current thinking on happiness, from psychology to philosophy. Illustrating the diverse routes to happiness, Haybron reflects on the growing influence of secular Western ideas in the contemporary pursuit of a good life, and considers the influen... View more info

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Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

By: Holland, Peter

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR: 3/18/2017

Seller ID: 9780199593217

ISBN: 0199593213

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The animal world is immensely diverse, and our understanding of it has been greatly enhanced by molecular biology and the study of evolution and development ("evo-devo"). Moreover, groundbreaking research on genes, and especially key families of genes such as the Homeobox genes which control the development of body plans, has led to radical changes in the classification of animals. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Holland presents a cutting-edge tour of the animal kingdom, providing an authoritative summary of the modern view of animal life, its origins, and the new classification result... View more info

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Empire: A Very Short Introduction

By: Howe, Stephen

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR: 10/25/2014

Seller ID: 9780192802231

ISBN: 0192802232

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A great deal of the world's history is the history of empires. Indeed it could be said that all history is colonial history, if one takes a broad enough definition and goes far enough back. And although the great historic imperial systems--the land-based Russian one as well as the seaborne empires of western European powers--have collapsed during the past half century, their legacies shape almost every aspect of life on a global scale. Meanwhile there is fierce argument, and much speculation, about what has replaced the old territorial empires in world politics. Do the United States and its al... View more info

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Drugs: A Very Short Introduction

By: Iversen, Leslie

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Seller ID: 9780192854315

ISBN: 0192854313

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The twentieth century saw a remarkable upsurge of research on drugs, with major advances in the treatment of bacterial and viral infections, heart disease, stomach ulcers, cancer, and mental illnesses. These, along with the introduction of the oral contraceptive, have altered all of our lives. There has also been an increase in the recreational use and abuse of drugs in the Western world. This Very Short Introduction gives a non-technical account of how drugs act on the body and how therapeutic drugs are developed and tested, then goes on to review both legal (prescription, alcohol, nicotine, ... View more info

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Cancer: A Very Short Introduction

By: James, Nicholas

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Seller ID: 9780199560233

ISBN: 0199560234

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Every year around 10 million people are diagnosed with cancer, around 80% of whom are destined to die from the disease, accounting for 1 in 6 of all deaths worldwide. And while research into cancer is bringing huge improvements in the range of options available to cancer patients, these new therapies bring with them massive challenges for healthcare systems struggling to find the huge sums of money for the large numbers of patients involved. This Very Short Introduction explores the facts underlying these figures, starting with the basic facts about the disease before moving on to the bigger p... View more info

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Branding: A Very Short Introduction

By: Jones, Robert

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Seller ID: 9780198749912

ISBN: 0198749910

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Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction

By: Kennedy, Dane

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Seller ID: 9780199340491

ISBN: 0199340498

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Buddhist Ethics

By: Keown, Damien

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR: 9/13/2014

Seller ID: 9780192804570

ISBN: 019280457X

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The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed a growing interest in Buddhism, and it continues to capture the imagination of many in the West who see it as either an alternative or a supplement to their own religious beliefs. Numerous introductory books have appeared in recent years to cater to this growing interest, but almost none devotes attention to the specifically ethical dimensions of the tradition. For various complex cultural and historical reasons, ethics has not received as much attention in traditional Buddhist thought as it has in the West. Written by Damien Keown, one of the... View more info

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Gloabl Warming: A Very Short Introduction

By: Maslin, Mark

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR:

Edition: 2

Seller ID: 9780199548248

ISBN: 0199548242

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Global warming is arguably the most critical and controversial issue facing the world in the twenty-first century, one that will affect every living creature on the planet. It is also an extraordinarily complex problem, which everyone needs to understand as clearly and completely as possible. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise and accessible explanation of the key aspects of global warming. Mark Maslin discusses how and why changes are occurring, sets current warming trends in the context of past climate change, examines the predicted impact of global warming, as well as the polit... View more info

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Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction

By: Maslin, Mark

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Publisher: 1/9/2011

Seller ID: 9780192840974

ISBN: 0192840975

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Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction is an informative, up to date discussion about the predicted impacts of global warming. It draws on material from the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a huge collaborative study drawing together current thinking on the subject from experts in a range of disciplines, and presents the findings of the panel for a general readership for the first time. The book also discusses the politics of global warming and what we can do now to adapt to climate change and mitigate its worst effects. View more info

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Geography: A Very Short Introduction

By: Matthews, John A.

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR: 5/20/2016

Seller ID: 9780199211289

ISBN: 0199211280

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This Very Short Introduction answers four basic questions: what is Geography, how do geographers work, why is Geography important, and where is the discipline of Geography heading? Geography has always been important, though it has had only a short history as an academic discipline and is much misunderstood. Modern Geography has come a long way from its historical roots in exploring foreign lands, in mapping the world and in describing the physical and human features of the Earth's surface. There are two parts to the discipline: Physical Geography, which covers natural environments and landsca... View more info

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Politics: A very Short Introduction

By: Minogue, Kenneth

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Seller ID: 9780192853882

ISBN: 0192853880

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In A Very Short Introduction to Politics, Kenneth Minogue begins with a discussion of issues arising from a historical account of politics, and goes on to offer chapters dealing with the Ancient Greeks and the idea of citizenship; Roman law; medieval Christianity and individualism; freedom since Machiavelli and Hobbes; the challenge of ideologies; democracy, oligarchy, and bureaucracy; power and order in modern society; and politics in the West. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most in... View more info

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Brain: A Very Short Introduction

By: O'Shea, Michael

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR:

Seller ID: 9780192853929

ISBN: 0192853929

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The Brain: A Very Short Introduction provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research and gives a sense of how neuroscience addresses questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind. Short, clear discussions on the mechanical workings of the brain are offered and the details of brain science are covered in an accessible style. Explanations of the more familiar implications of the brain's actions, such as memories, perceptions, and motor control are integrated throughout the book. It has chapters on brain processes and the causes of... View more info