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Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects — from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative - yet always balanced - discussions of the central issues in a given topic. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable. Whatever the area of study, whatever the topic that fascinates the reader, the series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

"The Very Short Introductions range from worth reading to wonderfully appealing... Much of the pleasure to be found in them is the bedrock one of good nonfiction: facts... They appeal to us because the world is vast and strange, because everywhere we look, from the firefly flashing in the darkness to Auden's elegy for Yeats, there is something to provoke our curiosity, some sliver of existence that we want to understand." - New Yorker Magazine

"I have a pile of the Short Introductions and they are uniformly excellent: an ideal way to dip your toe in a topic and, being relatively cheap, allow you to decide whether invest in more expensive tomes. They're well written by leaders in their area, thought-provoking and insightful." - Mark Greener, Fortean Times

"I absolutely LOVE the VSI series. It's just so well produced - excellent writing and interesting topics. Just a superb overall series to dive into." - Grrl Scientist, The Guardian

"I love the Very Short Introduction Series as should everyone who is interested in the history of ideas. They manage to straddle that difficult line between making the complex accessible without ever compromising on quality. The sheer range of subjects covered make the series an invaluable asset for anyone trying to understand the development of human thought. They are a must-go-to gateway for those of us keen to know more but needing a steer as to where to start." - Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas

"The Oxford University Press VSI series... is to non-fiction what Penguin Books have always been for literature. - Jim Cullen, History News Network"

"Expert, concise but far from bland, Oxford's Very Short Introductions series must rank by now as a thinking reader's Wikipedia" - Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

"Great price, beautifully designed and produced, authoritative content and inviting subjects covered - if only all publishing hit these heights." - The Bookseller

"a fascinating series of 'all you need to know' introductions by experts to complex topics." - The Times

"The Very Short Introductions are fantastically informative books..." - Big Issue in the North

"I am addicted to this series of pocket-portable introductory lectures." - Guardian Review

"These Very Short Introductions have a style and integrity all of their own." - Scotsman

"A thoroughly good idea. Snappy, small format ... stylish design ... perfect to pop in your pocket for spare moments" - Lisa Jardine, The Times

"A series of instantly accessible handbooks that neither shame our ignorance nor frighten us with their erudition. All are to be applauded." - Oxford Times

"If theres anything you ever wanted to know more about ... grab yourself one of these little beauties." - Sarky Cutt, Greenwich University

"These perfect books form a solid grounding in various subjects, stretching from the Bible and the Koran, to Social and Cultural Anthropology ... interesting, informative and concise, they combine to make a beautiful set. They will broaden your studies, widen your knowledge and maybe give you a chance of winning those pub quizzes once in a while!" - The Beaver, LSE

"Would make a useful addition to any bookshelf, and their size makes them ideal for carrying around" - Humanist Philosophers Group

"Attractively packaged and, very importantly these days ... attractively priced. They are the sort of books that can be read in a couple of evenings but repay further study." - The Philosophers Review

"Always invigorating" - Independent on Sunday

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American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

G. Edward White

9780199766000
Paperback
28 November 2013
Very Short Introductions

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Criminal Justice: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Julian V. Roberts

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Paperback
27 August 2015
Very Short Introductions

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Environmental Law: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Elizabeth Fisher

9780198794189
Paperback
26 October 2017
Very Short Introductions

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European Union Law: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Anthony Arnull

9780198749981
Paperback
25 May 2017
Very Short Introductions

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Family Law: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Jonathan Herring

9780199668526
Paperback
27 February 2014
Very Short Introductions

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Federalism: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Mark J. Rozell, Clyde Wilcox

9780190900052
Paperback
26 December 2019
Very Short Introductions

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Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Andrew Clapham

9780198706168
Paperback
26 November 2015
Very Short Introductions

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Intellectual Property: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Siva Vaidhyanathan

9780195372779
Paperback
23 March 2017
Very Short Introductions

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International Law: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Vaughan Lowe

9780199239337
Paperback
26 November 2015
Very Short Introductions

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Law: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Raymond Wacks

9780198745624
Paperback
24 September 2015
Very Short Introductions

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Media Law: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Lucas A. Powe Jr.

9780190219727
Paperback
01 January 2025
Very Short Introductions

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Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Eugene R. Fidell

9780199303496
Paperback
27 October 2016
Very Short Introductions

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Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Raymond Wacks

9780199687008
Paperback
27 February 2014
Very Short Introductions

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Privacy: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Raymond Wacks

9780198725947
Paperback
26 March 2015
Very Short Introductions

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Taxation: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Stephen Smith

9780199683697
Paperback
23 April 2015
Very Short Introductions

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The Common Law: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Joshua Getzler

9780198705628
Paperback
01 April 2021
Very Short Introductions

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The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

David J. Bodenhamer

9780195378320
Paperback
08 June 2018
Very Short Introductions

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The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Linda Greenhouse

9780190079819
Paperback
23 July 2020
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