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  • Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction
    Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Philip V. Mladenov

    In this Very Short Introduction, Philip Mladenov provides a fascinating overview of marine biology. Including a tour of marine life and marine processes that ranges from the polar oceans to tropical coral reefs, he outlines the principles of marine biology whilst demonstrating the fundamental impact humans have on the oceans and their ecology.

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  • Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction
    Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Samir Okasha

    This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. It explores the fundamental questions and challenges in the field, and looks at philosophical issues in particular sciences, including the problem of classification in biology, and the nature of space and time in physics.

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  • Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction
    Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Jack A. Goldstone

    Revolutions have shaped world politics for the last three hundred years. This volume shows why revolutions occur, how they unfold, and where they created democracies and dictatorships. Jack A. Goldstone presents the history of revolutions from America and France to the collapse of the Soviet Union, 'People Power' revolutions, and the Arab revolts.

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  • American History: A Very Short Introduction
    American History: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Paul S. Boyer

    In a miracle of concision, Paul S. Boyer provides a wide-ranging and authoritative history of America, capturing in a compact space the full story of our nation. Ranging from the earliest Native American settlers to the presidency of Barack Obama, this Very Short Introduction offers an illuminating account of politics, diplomacy, and war as well as the full spectrum of social, cultural, and...

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  • The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction
    The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Martin Bunton

    The conflict between Palestine and Israel is one of the most highly publicized and bitter struggles in history. In this accessible and stimulating Very Short Introduction, Martin Bunton clearly explains the history of the problem, reducing it to its very essence - a modern territorial contest between two nations and one geographical territory.

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  • Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction
    Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Jens Zimmermann

    This Very Short Introduction to hermeneutics demonstrates the central role of interpretation in our daily lives. By considering the historic developments in hermeneutic theory as well as its contemporary relevance, Zimmermann explains how humans continue to draw knowledge from the world around them.

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  • Complexity: A Very Short Introduction
    Complexity: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) John H. Holland

    In this Very Short Introduction, John Holland presents an introduction to the science of complexity. Using examples from biology and economics, he shows how complexity science models the behaviour of complex systems.

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  • Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction
    Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Jennifer Nagel

    Human beings naturally desire knowledge. But what is knowledge? Is it the same as having an opinion? Highlighting the major developments in the theory of knowledge from Ancient Greece to the present day, Jennifer Nagel uses a number of simple everyday examples to explore the key themes and current debates of epistemology.

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  • The Middle Ages: A Very Short Introduction
    The Middle Ages: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Miri Rubin

    The Middle Ages (c.500-1500) includes a thousand years of European history. In this Very Short Introduction Miri Rubin tells the story of the times through the people and their lifestyles. Including stories of kingship and Christian salvation, agriculture and trade, Rubin demonstrates the remarkable nature and legacy of the Middle Ages.

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  • Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction
    Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Damien Keown

    In the new edition of this lively and accessible Very Short Introduction to Buddhism, Damien Keown looks at all the distinctive features of the major world faith; examining the development of Buddhist thought over the centuries, its impact on daily life in contemporary society, and the spread of Buddhism throughout the world.

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction
    Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Richard Passingham

    This Very Short Introduction describes the new field of cognitive neuroscience - the study of what happens in the brain when we perceive, think, reason, remember, and act. Focusing on the human brain, Passingham looks at the most recent research in the field, the modern brain imaging technologies, and what the images can and can't tell us.

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  • American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction
    American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) L. Sandy Maisel

    Few Americans and even fewer citizens of other nations understand the electoral process in the United States. The second edition of this Very Short Introduction offers an up-to-date overview of American political parties and elections, providing an insider's view of how the system actually works while shining a light on some of its flaws.

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  • Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
    Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Kim Knott

    In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of Hinduism and its key beliefs. In this second edition she considers new issues facing Hindus such as the politicization of Hinduism in India, the increasing impact of Hindu nationalism, and the rise and fall of sectarian Hindu movements.

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  • Christianity: A Very Short Introduction
    Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Linda Woodhead, MBE

    In this Very Short Introduction Linda Woodhead explores the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity and its course over two millennia, including its geographical spread and struggles with modernity. This new edition is a candid portrait of Christianity's past and present, and its importance in the twenty-first century.

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  • Judaism: A Very Short Introduction
    Judaism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Norman Solomon

    In this Very Short Introduction Normon Soloman explores Judaism as a religion and as a way of life, including its festivals, prayers, customs, and sects. Exploring both how it has developed through the centuries and what defines it as a religion, Solomon explores the key issues and debates of contemporary Judaism in the twenty first century.

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  • International Law: A Very Short Introduction
    International Law: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Vaughan Lowe

    International law lies at the heart of our interaction with the global community. It protects rights, imposes duties, and establishes a framework for the conduct of almost every social, political, and economic activity. Vaughan Lowe explains the basic structural principles of international law, and looks at its potential and its limitations.

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  • Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction
    Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Stephen Mumford

    In this easy-to-understand introduction, Stephen Mumford explores one of the four main branches of philosophy: metaphysics. Using practical examples to explore the main issues, he presents the ideas in a clear and simple way, helping to clarify and unravel the basic questions of this complex and abstract concept.

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  • Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction
    Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Stephen Eric Bronner

    Critical Theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose-and, if at all possible, cure-the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism. In this book, Stephen Eric Bronner provides sketches of leading representatives of the critical tradition (such as George Lukács and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter...

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  • The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction
    The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Ashley Jackson

    The British Empire influenced many aspects of the world we live in today. The international system remains heavily marked by British imperialism, and the borders, nations, and federations it created. This Very Short Introduction introduces and defines the British Empire, reviewing how it evolved into such a force, and the legacy it left behind.

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  • Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
    Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Jonathan Culler

    Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction offers insights into theories about the nature of language and meaning, human identity, and the power of language. Fully updated for 2011 and including a new chapter on 'Ethics and aesthetics', it steers a clear and lucid path through an often impenetrable subject.

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