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The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


William Doyle

November 2019

Very Short Introductions

William Doyle chronicles the unfolding events of the French Revolution, from the quarrels of the first revolutionaries with the king, to the Terror, to the rise of Napoleon. Considering how and why the revolution destroyed the age-old cultural, institutional, and social structures in France, Doyle also explores its lasting effects today.

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Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Quentin Skinner

July 2019

Very Short Introductions

Quentin Skinner introduces Niccolò Machiavelli, Florentine diplomat, politician, and the writer known for that most infamous Early Modern work, The Prince. He explores Machiavelli's theory of princely virtù, tracing its roots in ancient historians and moralists, and considering its influence on contemporary politics.

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Nazi Germany: A Very Short Introduction


Jane Caplan

July 2019

Very Short Introductions

Nazi Germany may have only lasted for 12 years, but it has left a legacy that still echoes with us today. This book discusses the emergence and appeal of the Nazi party, the relationship between consent and terror in securing the regime, the role played by Hitler himself, and the dark stains of war, persecution, and genocide left by Nazi Germany.

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The Holy Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction


Joachim Whaley

July 2018

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction explores the thousand-year history of the Holy Roman Empire, from its origins in 800 as Charlemagne's Frankish kingdom, to its destruction by Napoleon. Throughout, Joachim Whaley analyses the empire's crucial impact and role in the history of European power and politics.

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Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence Through the German Dictatorships, Vol. 1: Imperialism through Nazism


Mary Fulbrook

September 2017

An innovative study of the ways in which Germans of different ages and life stages lived through the violent eruptions of the two world wars, and through the rise of Nazism, looking at the ways in which this shaped, not merely German society, state, and economy, but also the character of the German people.

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Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence Through the German Dictatorships, Vol. 2: Nazism through Communism


Mary Fulbrook

September 2017

An innovative study of the ways in which Germans of different ages and life stages lived through the move from the Nazi dictatorship to the communism that succeeded it, looking at the ways in which this shaped, not merely German society, state, and economy, but also the character of the German people.

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Gender and the Great War


Susan R. Grayzel, Tammy M. Proctor

July 2017

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The Habsburg Empire: A Very Short Introduction


Martyn Rady

March 2017

Very Short Introductions

The Habsburg Empire reached at various times across most of Europe and the New World. At all the critical moments of European history it is there - confronting Luther, launching the Thirty Years War, repelling the Ottomans, and taking on Napoleon. Martin Rady introduces the fascinating and colourful history of the Habsburgs.

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The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921


Mark D. Steinberg

December 2016

Oxford Histories

A new history of the Russian Revolution, exploring how people experienced it in their own lives, from Bloody Sunday in 1905 to the final shots of the civil war in 1921. The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 focuses on human experience to address key issues of inequality, power, and violence, and ideas of justice and freedom.

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Modern Italy: A Very Short Introduction


Anna Cento Bull

October 2016

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction considers the history of Italy from the Risorgimento (the movement leading to Italian Unification in 1861) to the present. It also discusses Italy's political system and style of government; economic modernisation; emigration, internal migration and immigration; and the modern Italian culture and lifestyle.

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Russia in World History


Barbara Alpern Engel, Janet Martin

June 2015

New Oxford World History

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The Etruscans: A Very Short Introduction


Christopher Smith

May 2014

Very Short Introductions

The Etruscans (c. 900 - 400 BC) were a highly sophisticated and wealthy elite. Christopher Smith explores their archaeological record and the myths that remain about their existence. Placing the Etruscans within the context of the historical period and geographical location, he looks at how they have been perceived and received throughout history.

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The Napoleonic Wars: A Very Short Introduction


Mike Rapport

January 2013

Very Short Introductions

The Napoleonic Wars left their mark on European and world societies in a variety of ways, not least from the radical social and political change they evoked in many countries. Examining the social, political, and institutional aspects of warfare in the Napoleonic era, Mike Rapport considers their significance and the legacy they leave today.

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The European Reformation

Second Edition


Euan Cameron

March 2012

A fully revised and updated version of this authoritative account of the birth of the Protestant traditions in sixteenth-century Europe, providing a clear and comprehensive narrative of these complex and many-stranded events.

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Modern France: A Very Short Introduction


Vanessa Schwartz

October 2011

Very Short Introductions

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Weimar Germany


Anthony McElligott

March 2009

Oxford Short History of Germany

An authoritative and up-to-date history of Weimar Germany, with each chapter written by an internationally acknowledged expert in the field, that throws new light on important areas such as constitutional and social reform, Jewish life, gender and cultural developments.

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European Cities and Towns: 400-2000


Peter Clark

January 2009

Examines and explains the waves of urbanization across Europe from the fall of the Roman empire to the dawn of the 21st century, covering the whole of Europe, north and south, east and west, and looking at urban trends, the urban economy, social developments, cultural life, and governance.

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Roman Europe: 1000 BC - AD 400


Edward Bispham

October 2008

Short Oxford History of Europe

An international team of expert contributors provides both an introduction to and an interpretation of the key themes and developments in the history of Europe, from the earliest days of Rome through to AD 400.

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Selected Letters


Cicero, P. G. Walsh

July 2008

Oxford World's Classics

This selection of Cicero's letters not merely documents in detail Cicero's career but simultaneously provides a month-by-month record of the collapse of the republic and its replacement by a tyranny. It provides a vivid picture of daily life and politics in Rome, the assassination of Caesar, and Cicero's vain resistance to the rise of Mark Antony.

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The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction

Revised first edition


Julian D. Richards

September 2005

Very Short Introductions

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