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Very Short Introductions

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Emotion, Foucault, Poetry, Scepticism,Aesthetics, Dynasty, Psychopathy

 

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  • The British Empire (Very Short Introduction - 355)

    The British Empire (Very Short Introduction - 355)

    Jackson, Ashley
    Kiadó: Oxford University Press
    From the eighteenth century until the 1950s the British Empire was the biggest political entity in the world. The territories forming this empire ranged from tiny islands to vast segments of the world's major continental land masses. The British Empireleft its mark on the world in a multitude of ways, many of them permanent.In this Very Short Introduction, Ashley Jackson introduces and defines the British Empire, reviewing its historiography by answering a series of key questions: What was the British Empire, and what were its main constituent parts? What were the phases ofimperial expansion and contraction and the general causes of expansion and contraction? How was the Empire ruled? What were its economic effects? What were the cultural implications of empire, in Britain and its colonies? What was life like for peopleliving under imperial rule? What are the legacies of the British Empire and how should we view its place in world history?
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  • Biblical Archeology (Very Short Introduction - 217)

    Biblical Archeology (Very Short Introduction - 217)

    Cline, Eric H.
    Kiadó: Oxford University Press
    Public interest in biblical archaeology is at an all-time high, as television documentaries pull in millions of viewers to watch shows on the Exodus, the Ark of the Covenant, and the so-called Lost Tomb of Jesus. Important discoveries with relevance tothe Bible are made virtually every year-during 2007 and 2008 alone researchers announced at least seven major discoveries in Israel, five of them in or near Jerusalem. Biblical Archaeology offers a passport into this fascinating realm, where ancientreligion and modern science meet, and where tomorrow's discovery may answer a riddle that has lasted a thousand years.Archaeologist Eric H. Cline here offers a complete overview of this exciting field. He discusses the early pioneers, such as Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie and William Foxwell Albright, the origins of biblical archaeology as a discipline, and themajor controversies that first prompted explorers to go in search of objects and sites that would prove the Bible. He then surveys some of the most well-known biblical archaeologists, including Kathleen Kenyon and Yigael Yadin, the sites that areessential sources of knowledge for biblical archaeology, such as Hazor, Megiddo, Gezer, Lachish, Masada, and Jerusalem, and some of the most important discoveries that have been made, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Mesha Inscription, and the Tel DanStele. Subsequent chapters examine additional archaeological finds that shed further light on the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, the issue of potential frauds and forgeries, including the James Ossuary and the Jehoash Tablet, and future prospects of thefield.Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction captures the sense of excitement and importance that surrounds not only the past history of the field but also the present and the future, with fascinating new discoveries made each and every season.
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  • American Immigration (Very Short Introduction - 274)

    American Immigration (Very Short Introduction - 274)

    Gerber, David A.
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    Americans have come from every corner of the globe, and they have been brought together by a variety of historical processes-conquest, colonialism, the slave trade, territorial acquisition, and voluntary immigration. A thoughtful look at immigration,anti-immigration sentiments, and the motivations and experiences of the migrants themselves, this book offers a compact but wide-ranging look at one of America's hottest issues.Historian David Gerber begins by examining the many legal efforts to curb immigration and to define who is and is not an American, ranging from the Naturalization Law of 1795 (which applied only to free-born white persons) to the Chinese Exclusion Actof 1882, the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, and the reform-minded Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which opened the door to millions of newcomers, the vast majority from Asia and Latin America. The book also looks at immigration from theperspective of the migrant-farmers and industrial workers, mechanics and domestics, highly trained professionals and small-business owners-who willingly pulled up stakes for the promise of a better life. Throughout, the book sheds light on therelationships between race and ethnicity in the life of these groups and in the formation of American society, and it stresses the marked continuities across waves of immigration and across different racial and ethnic groups.
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  • The Trojan War (Very Short Introduction - 356)

    The Trojan War (Very Short Introduction - 356)

    Cline, Eric H.
    Kiadó: Oxford University Press
    Homer's tale of the abduction of Helen to Troy and the ten-year war to bring her back to Greece has fascinated mankind for centuries since he related it in The Iliad and The Odyssey. More recently, it has given rise to countless scholarly articles andbooks, extensive archaeological excavations, epic movies, television documentaries, stage plays, art and sculpture, even souvenirs and collectibles. However, while the ancients themselves thought that the Trojan War took place and was a pivotal event inworld history, scholars during the Middle Ages and into the modern era derided it as a piece of fiction.This book investigates two major questions: did the Trojan War take place and, if so, where? It ultimately demonstrates that a war or wars in the vicinity of Troy probably did take place in some way, shape, or form during the Late Bronze Age, therebyforming the nucleus of the story that was handed down orally for centuries until put into essentially final form by Homer. However, Cline suggests that although a Trojan War (or wars) probably did take place, it was not fought because of Helen'sabduction
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  • The Conquistadors (Very Short Introduction - 301)

    The Conquistadors (Very Short Introduction - 301)

    Restall, Matthew & Fernández-Armesto, Fe
    Kiadó: Oxford University Press
    With startling speed, Spanish conquistadors invaded hundreds of Native American kingdoms, took over the mighty empires of the Aztecs and Incas, and initiated an unprecedented redistribution of the world's resources and balance of power. They changed thecourse of history, but the myth they established was even stranger than their real achievements. This Very Short Introduction deploys the latest scholarship to shatter and replace the traditional narrative. Chapters explore New World civilizations priorto the invasions, the genesis of conquistador culture on both sides of the Atlantic, the roles black Africans and Native Americans played and the consequences of the invasions. The book reveals who the conquistadors were and what made their adventurespossible.
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  • African History (Very Short Introduction - 160)

    African History (Very Short Introduction - 160)

    Parker, John & Rathbone, Richard
    Kiadó: Oxford University Press
    This Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented, both in Africa and beyond. The author illustrates important aspects of Africa's history with a range of fascinating historicalexamples, drawn from over 5 millennia across this vast continent. The multitude of topics that the reader will learn about in this succinct work include the unity and diversity of African cultures, slavery, religion, colonial conquest, the diaspora, andthe importance of history in understanding contemporary Africa. The book examines questions such as: Who invented the idea of Africa? How is African history pieced together, given such a lack of documentary evidence? How did Africa interact with theworld 1,000 years ago?Africa has been known as 'the cradle of mankind', and its recoverable history stretches back to the Pharaohs. But the idea of studying African history is itself new, and the authors show why it is still contested and controversial. This VSI, the firstconcise work of its kind, will prove essential reading for anyone interested in the African continent and the diversity of human history.
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  • Medical Law (Very Short Introduction - 345)

    Medical Law (Very Short Introduction - 345)

    Foster, Charles
    Kiadó: Oxford University Press
    Medical law is concerned with our bodies, and what happens to them during and after our lives. When things go wrong with our bodies, we want to know what our rights are, and what governs the conduct of the clinicians into whose hands we put our lives andlimbs. Dealing with matters of life and death, it can therefore have a fundamental impact on medical practice.Headlines in the media often involve the core issues of medical law - organ transplantation, abortion, withdrawal of treatment, euthanasia, confidentiality, research on humans - these are topics that affect us all. Headlines can misrepresent, however. Inorder to fully understand the issues and their relevance, we have to delve into the cases and into the principles behind them.
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  • The Anglo-Saxon Age (Very Short Introductions - 18)

    The Anglo-Saxon Age (Very Short Introductions - 18)

    Blair, John
    Kiadó: Oxford University Press
    First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, John Blair's Very Short Introduction to the Anglo-Saxon Age covers the emergence of the earliest English settlements to the Norman victory in 1066. This book is abrief introduction to the political, social, religious, and cultural history of Anglo-Saxon England.
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  • Progressivism (Very Short Introdution - 223)

    Progressivism (Very Short Introdution - 223)

    Nugent, Walter
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    After decades of conservative dominance, the election of Barack Obama may signal the beginning of a new progressive era. But what exactly is progressivism? What role has it played in the political, social, and economic history of America?This very timely Very Short Introduction offers an engaging overview of progressivism in America-its origins, guiding principles, major leaders and major accomplishments. A many-sided reform movement that lasted from the late 1890s until the early 1920s,progressivism emerged as a response to the excesses of the Gilded Age, an era that plunged working Americans into poverty while a new class of ostentatious millionaires built huge mansions and flaunted their wealth. As capitalism ran unchecked and moreand more economic power was concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, a sense of social crisis was pervasive. Progressive national leaders like William Jennings Bryan, Theodore Roosevelt, Robert M. La Follette, and Woodrow Wilson, as well as muckrakingjournalists like Lincoln Steffens and Ida Tarbell, and social workers like Jane Addams and Lillian Wald answered the growing call for change. They fought for worker's compensation, child labor laws, minimum wage and maximum hours legislation
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  • Social and Cultural Anthrop.(Very Short Introductions - 15)

    Social and Cultural Anthrop.(Very Short Introductions - 15)

    Monaghan, John & Just, Peter
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    If you want to know what anthropology is, look at what anthropologists do.This Very Short Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology combines an accessible account of some of the disciplines guiding principles and methodology with abundant examples and illustrations of anthropologists at work.
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  • Augustine (Very Short Introductions - 38)

    Augustine (Very Short Introductions - 38)

    Chadwick, Henry
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    By his writings, the surviving bulk of which exceeds that of any other ancient author, Augustine came to influence not only his contemporaries but also the West since his time. This Very Short Introduction traces the development of Augustine's thought,discussing his reaction to the thinkers before him, and themes such as freedom, creation, and the trinity.
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  • Foucault (Very Short Introductions - 122)
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    Foucault (Very Short Introductions - 122)

    Gutting, Gary
    Kiadó: Oxford University Press
    Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Born in 1926 in France, over the course of his life he dabbled in drugs, politics, and the Paris SM scene, all whilst striving to understand the deep concepts of identity,knowledge, and power.From aesthetics to the penal system
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  • Engels (Very Short Introductions - 91)

    Engels (Very Short Introductions - 91)

    Carver,Terrel
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  • German Literature (Very Short Introductions) - 178

    German Literature (Very Short Introductions - 178)

    Boyle, Nicholas
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    German writers, from Luther and Goethe to Heine, Brecht, and Günter Grass, have had a profound influence on the modern world.This Very Short Introduction presents an engrossing tour of the course of German literature from the late Middle Ages to the present, focussing especially on the last 250 years. Emphasizing the economic and religious context of many masterpieces ofGerman literature, it highlights how they can be interpreted as responses to social and political changes within an often violent and tragic history. The result is a new and clear perspective which illuminates the power of German literature and theGerman intellectual tradition, and its impact on the wider cultural world.
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  • Teeth (Very Short Introductions - 384)

    Teeth (Very Short Introductions - 384)

    Ungar, Peter S.
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    Teeth are amazing - the product of half a billion years of evolution. They provide fuel for the body by breaking apart other living things
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  • The Anglo-Saxon Age (Very Short Introductions - 18)

    The Anglo-Saxon Age (Very Short Introductions - 18)

    Blair, John
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    First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, John Blair's Very Short Introduction to the Anglo-Saxon Age covers the emergence of the earliest English settlements to the Norman victory in 1066. This book is abrief introduction to the political, social, religious, and cultural history of Anglo-Saxon England.
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