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  • Psychology: A Very Short Introduction by Gillian Butler
    Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Gillian Butler, Freda McManus

    Psychology influences the way we think about everything, from education and intelligence to relationships and advertising. This updated Very Short Introduction by Gillian Butler and Freda McManus provides an exploration of the leadings ideas and theories of psychology for anyone interested in understanding the human mind.

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  • Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction by Robert C. Allen
    Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Robert C. Allen

    The gap between the rich and the poor can be vast. Robert C. Allen considers the main factors that contribute to this gap, looking at the interconnections between economic growth, culture, technology, and income distribution. Exploring the historical processes that have created the unequal world of today, he takes a global look at wealth worldwide.

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  • International Law: A Very Short Introduction by Vaughan Lowe
    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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  • Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction by Raymond Wacks
    Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Raymond Wacks

    The concept of law lies at the heart of our social and political life, shaping the character of our community and underlying issues from racism and abortion to human rights and international war. The revised edition of this Very Short Introduction examines the central questions about law's relation to justice, morality, and democracy.

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  • The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction by Peter W. Atkins
    The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Peter W. Atkins

    Among the many laws of science, there are four laws that direct and constrain everything that happens in the Universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the unfurling of a leaf they help us understand the course of life itself. In this Very Short Introduction Peter Atkins' explains what the four laws are and how they work.

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  • Military Strategy: A Very Short Introduction by Antulio J. Echevarria
    Military Strategy: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Antulio J. Echevarria

    This Very Short Introduction adapts Clausewitz's framework to highlight the dynamic relationship between the main elements of strategy: purpose, method, and means. Drawing on historical examples, Echevarria discusses the major types of military strategy and how emerging technologies are affecting them.

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  • The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction by David Garland
    The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) David Garland

    This Very Short Introduction discusses the necessity of welfare states in modern capitalist societies. Situating social policy in an historical, sociological, and comparative perspective, David Garland brings a new understanding to familiar debates, policies, and institutions.

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  • Leadership: A Very Short Introduction by Keith Grint
    Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Keith Grint

    What is leadership? Are leaders born or bred? How do leaders lead? In this Very Short Introduction, Keith Grint considers these questions, prompting the reader to rethink their understanding of what leadership is. He examines the way leadership has evolved over time and explores how it is perceived, and used, in society today.

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction by Richard Passingham
    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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  • Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction by Subrata Dasgupta
    Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Subrata Dasgupta

    While the development of Information Technology has been obvious to all, the underpinning computer science has been less apparent. Subrata Dasgupta provides a thought-provoking introduction to the field and its core principles, considering computer science as a science of symbol processing.

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  • Jung: A Very Short Introduction by Anthony Stevens
    Jung: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Anthony Stevens

    Explains the basic concepts of Jungian psychology, and examines Jung's views on such disparate subjects as myth, religion, alchemy, 'sychronicity', and the psychology of gender differences. This book also discusses the stages of life, Jung's theory of psychological types, the interpretation of dreams, and the practice of Jungian analysis.

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  • Logic: A Very Short Introduction by Graham Priest
    Logic: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Graham Priest

    Graham Priest shows that formal logic is a powerful, exciting part of modern philosophy - a tool for thinking about everything from the existence of God and the reality of time to paradoxes of probability. Explaining formal logic in simple, non-technical terms, this edition includes new sections on mathematical algorithms, axioms, and proofs.

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  • Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction by Helen Morales
    Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Helen Morales

    This book goes beyond a simple retelling of stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical mythology. Examining how the myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture, it takes the reader from the bedrooms of Pompeii to skyscrapers in New York, and finds classical myths in a variety of unexpected places: from Arabic poetry and Hollywood films to...

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  • Economics: A Very Short Introduction by Partha Dasgupta
    Economics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Partha Dasgupta

    Economics has the capacity to offer us deep insights into some of the most formidable problems of life, and offer solutions to them too. Combining a global approach with examples from everyday life, Partha Dasgupta reveals the connections between economics, politics, and development, and shows how these interactions create the world we live in today.

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  • Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction by David Miller
    Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) David Miller

    This book introduces readers to the concepts of political philosophy - authority, democracy, freedom and its limits, justice, feminism, multiculturalism, and nationality. Accessibly written and assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, it encourages the reader to think clearly and critically about the leading political questions of our time.

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  • History: A Very Short Introduction by John Arnold
    History: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) John Arnold

    An essay about how we study and understand history, this book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history. It explores the ways these questions have been answered in the past. It also introduces the concepts of causation, interpretation, and periodization, through examples of how historians work.

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  • Islam: A Very Short Introduction by Malise Ruthven
    Islam: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Malise Ruthven

    Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant forms, but few people in the non-Muslim world really understand its nature. Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction, offers essential insights into the big issues, provides fresh perspectives on contemporary questions, and guides us through the complex debates.

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  • Engineering: A Very Short Introduction by David Blockley
    Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) David Blockley

    Engineering is part of almost everything we do - from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. In this Very Short Introduction, David Blockley explores the nature and practice of engineering, its history, its scope, and its relationship with art, science, and technology.

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  • Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction by James Fulcher
    Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) James Fulcher

    In this Very Short Introduction James Fulcher considers what capitalism is, the forms it can take around the world, and its history of crises and long-term development. In this new edition he discusses the fundamental impact of the global financial crises of 2007-8 and what it has meant for capitalism worldwide.

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  • Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Rice
    Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Timothy Rice

    Ethnomusicology, an academic discipline founded in 1950, has been defined as the study of the music of others. This definition, at once whimsical and very nearly true, is incomplete. Many of its strongest threads have emerged because a person or a people have wanted to understand themselves, their history, and their identity.

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