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  • Modernism: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Butler
    Modernism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Christopher Butler

    Whether we recognise it or not, virtually every aspect of our life today has been influenced in part by the aesthetic legacy of Modernism. In this Very Short Introduction Christopher Butler examines how and why Modernism began, explaining what it is and showing how it has gradually informed all aspects of 20th and 21st century life.

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  • The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction by Martin Bunton
    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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  • Genomics: A Very Short Introduction by John M. Archibald
    Genomics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) John M. Archibald

    In the years since the Human Genome Project, genomics has grown into a big and rapidly developing field driven by bioinformatics technology. The implications for our health and privacy, and our understanding of ecological systems and evolution are profound. This book provides an account of this exciting new science, its impact and its potential.

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  • Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown
    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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  • Branding: A Very Short Introduction by Robert Jones
    Branding: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Robert Jones

    Branding is possibly the most powerful commercial and cultural force on the planet. Robert Jones discusses the vast variety of brands, and why we still fall for them even as we are becoming more brand-aware. Looking at the philosophy and story behind brands, he considers how they work their magic, and what the future for brands might be.

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  • War and Technology: A Very Short Introduction by Alex Roland
    War and Technology: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Alex Roland

    Politics, economics, ideology, culture, strategy, tactics, and philosophy have all shaped war, but none of these factors has driven the evolution of warfare as much as technology. Expanding on this compelling thesis, this Very Short Introduction traces the co-evolution of technology and war from the Stone Age to the age of cyberwar and nanotechnology.

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  • Demography: A Very Short Introduction by Sarah Harper
    Demography: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Sarah Harper

    Demography is the study the study of population size, distribution, composition, and density. Sarah Harper discusses the key theories and methods involved in studying population trends and movements, considers how our current global population came about, and addresses some of the future population challenges of the 21st century.

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  • Geophysics: A Very Short Introduction by William Lowrie
    Geophysics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) William Lowrie

    Geophysics is the physics of the Earth. It encompasses seismology, volcanism, plate tectonics, gravitational anomalies, and changes in the Earth's magnetic field (present and past). William Lowrie describes how all these give clues to the structure and working of the planet.

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  • Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Stallabrass
    Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Julian Stallabrass

    What is 'contemporary' about contemporary art? Who is really running the art world? This controversial and witty exploration of the dramatic changes that have taken place in the art world since the fall of the Berlin Wall provides a critical look at the reasons for the current art boom, and reveals the politics behind the business.

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  • Zionism: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Stanislawski
    Zionism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Michael Stanislawski

    This Very Short Introduction discloses a history of Zionism from the origins of modern Jewish nationalism in the 1870's to the present.

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  • The History of Physics: A Very Short Introduction by J.L. Heilbron
    The History of Physics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) J.L. Heilbron

    How does the physics we know today - a highly professionalised enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry - link back to its origins as a liberal art in Ancient Greece? John Heilbron's crisp and witty book tells the 2500-year story and highlights the implications for humankind's self-understanding.

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  • Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction by John Polkinghorne
    Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) John Polkinghorne

    In simple language, without mathematics, this book explains the strange and exciting ideas that make the subatomic world so different from the world of the every day. It offers the general reader access to one of the greatest discoveries in the history of physics and one of the oustanding intellectual achievements of the twentieth century.

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  • Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction by David V. Canter
    Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) David V. Canter

    Lie detection, offender profiling, insanity in the law, the minds of serial killers, and many other topics that fill news and fiction are all aspects of the rapidly developing area of Forensic Psychology. David Canter shows how these often controversial topics bridge the gaps between academics and practitioners, behavioural sciences, and the law.

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  • Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction by Malcolm Gaskill
    Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Malcolm Gaskill

    Throughout history, to the present day, witchcraft raises questions about the distinction between reality and fantasy, faith and proof. This Very Short Introduction explores witchcraft, both as a contemporary phenomenon and a historical subject. It looks at witch-beliefs and accusations around the world, from pre-history to the present.

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  • Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction by Eleanor Nesbitt
    Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Eleanor Nesbitt

    This Very Short Introduction describes the key threads in the history of Sikhism, from the late 15th century to the present day. It examines the development of a distinct Sikh identity, and explores Sikhism's meanings and myths, the teachings these embody, and its practices, rituals, and festivals.

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  • The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction by Jerry Brotton
    The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Jerry Brotton

    This wide-ranging exploration of the Renaissance sees the period as a time of unprecedented intellectual excitement and cultural experimentation and interaction on a global scale. It guides the reader through the key issues that defined the period, from art, architecture, and literature, to advances in science, trade and travel.

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  • Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction by Erle C. Ellis
    Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Erle C. Ellis

    Climate scientists, geologists, ecologists, and archaeologists recognize the profound effects of human activity on Earth, though whether and how this should be recognized as a formal geological epoch - the Anthropocene - remains under debate, Erle Ellis describes how the Anthropocene concept is affecting the sciences, humanities, and politics.

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  • Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction by James Binney
    Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) James Binney

    Astrophysics is said to have been born when Isaac Newton saw an apple drop in his orchard and had the electrifying insight that the Moon falls just like that apple. James Binney shows how the application of physical laws derived on Earth allows us to understand objects that exist on the far side of the Universe.

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  • Byzantium: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Sarris
    Byzantium: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Peter Sarris

    From the fourth to the fifteenth century AD the Byzantine Empire flourished as a powerful economic, cultural, and military force, whose influence stretched from Spain to Egypt. Peter Sarris explores the fusion of Greek and Roman civilization at the heart of the Byzantine Empire, and charts its struggle for survival against external challenges.

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  • Christianity: A Very Short Introduction by Linda Woodhead, MBE
    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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