Journals Higher Education
Important OUP's Response to COVID-19 Learn more
Very Short Introductions series

Very Short Introductions RSS

Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects - from Public Health to Buddhist Ethics, Soft Matter to Classics, and Art History to Globalization. Each volume provides an authoritative and engaging assessment of a concept, field, or body of work, drawing out the central ideas, themes, and approaches. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new insights, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable to develop your core knowledge. With over 700 titles and many more in development, as well as regularly updated new editions, the series is constantly evolving to reflect a contemporary readership. Whatever your area of study, whatever the topic that fascinates you, the series is an indispensable and accessible guide that will enrich your understanding.

"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" - 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 there's 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

Show more
Next List | Grid
Cover for 9780199684311

Accounting: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Christopher Nobes

9780199684311
Paperback
01 May 2014
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780198784456

Adam Smith: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Christopher J. Berry

9780198784456
Paperback
01 January 2019
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780199568925

Advertising: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Winston Fletcher

9780199568925
Paperback
15 July 2010
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780198806578

African Politics: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Ian Taylor

9780198806578
Paperback
01 December 2018
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780198725329

Ageing: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Nancy A. Pachana

9780198725329
Paperback
01 February 2017
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780190622473

American Business History: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Walter A. Friedman

9780190622473
Paperback
01 July 2020
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780199899395

American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Andrew Preston

9780199899395
Paperback
01 May 2019
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780195331783

American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

David A. Gerber

9780195331783
Paperback
08 June 2011
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780197542422

American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

$11.95

David A. Gerber

9780197542422
Paperback
29 March 2021
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780199340057

American Political History: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Donald T. Critchlow

9780199340057
Paperback
11 February 2015
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780190458164

American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

$11.95

L. Sandy Maisel

9780190458164
Paperback
08 July 2016
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780197605110

American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction, 3rd ed.

Third Edition

$11.95

L. Sandy Maisel

9780197605110
Paperback
01 July 2022
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780195373851

American Politics: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Richard M. Valelly

9780195373851
Paperback
11 March 2013
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780192804778

Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Colin Ward

9780192804778
Paperback
30 December 2004
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780199206780

Aristocracy: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

William Doyle

9780199206780
Paperback
28 November 2010
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780199688920

Banking: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

John O. S. Wilson and John Goddard

9780199688920
Paperback
01 February 2017
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780198754992

Behavioural Economics: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Michelle Baddeley

9780198754992
Paperback
01 May 2017
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780199731503

Borders: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen

9780199731503
Paperback
03 September 2012
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780198749912

Branding: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Robert Jones

9780198749912
Paperback
01 August 2017
Very Short Introductions

Cover for 9780198723394

BRICS: A Very Short Introduction

$11.95

Andrew F. Cooper

9780198723394
Paperback
01 July 2016
Very Short Introductions

Next List | Grid