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French Cinema: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Dudley Andrew

9780198718611
Paperback
September 2020

Very Short Introductions

It is often claimed that the French invented cinema, and although their prominence may have been supplanted by Hollywood today, the French film industry remains both prolific and highly lauded. Exploring the entire French cinematic oeuvre, Andrew teases out the distinguishing themes, to bring the defining features of French cinema to light.

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Superstition: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Stuart Vyse

9780198819257
Paperback
April 2020

Very Short Introductions

Do you touch wood for luck, or avoid the number 13? Despite the dominance of science in today's world, superstitious beliefs - both traditional and new - remain surprisingly popular. From black cats to lucky pennies, Stuart Vyse explores the history of our deepest superstitions, and the psychological reasons behind why they persist today.

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Dynasty: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Jeroen Duindam

9780198809081
Paperback
October 2019

Very Short Introductions

Combining history and anthropology in a global examination of families and power, this book connects medieval kings and queens to contemporary family business empires. Its sweeping overview of five millennia of rulership uncovers recurring predicaments of bloodline succession, and sheds light on divergence and change in dynastic practice.

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Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Quentin Skinner

9780198837572
Paperback
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

£8.99

Jane Caplan

9780198706953
Paperback
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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Reading: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Belinda Jack

9780198820581
Paperback
April 2019

Very Short Introductions

Reading can inform, inspire, emancipate, and motivate us. Down the centuries, it has brought huge educational and social benefits. It can also unleash subversion, and its spread has been accompanied by censorship and control. Belinda Jack explores the global development and impact of reading - from ancient texts to digital texts today.

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Garden History: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Gordon Campbell

9780199689873
Paperback
February 2019

Very Short Introductions

Gordon Campbell embraces the beauty and practicality of gardens in their many forms, in history and culture across the world. He also look at variations on the modern garden, including the suburban garden, the city garden, the guerrilla garden, and the vegetable garden, and considers the future of gardens.

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Universities and Colleges: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

David Palfreyman, Paul Temple

9780198766131
Paperback
December 2017

Very Short Introductions

This book looks at the role of the university in a social and economic context, as a repository of knowledge and a site for instruction. It considers how universities are founded,, funded, governed, lead, and managed, how the advent of increased fees has affected their relationship with students, and what is in the future for higher education.

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Modern India: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Craig Jeffrey

9780198769347
Paperback
November 2017

Very Short Introductions

India has become one of the world's emerging powers, rivaling China in terms of global influence. Yet people still know relatively little about the cultural changes unfolding in India today. Craig Jeffrey looks at the history of India, and considers the questions and challenges facing it today, informed by the everyday stories of Indian citizens.

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

£14.99

Mary Fulbrook

9780198799528
Paperback
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

£14.99

Mary Fulbrook

9780198799535
Paperback
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

£21.99

Susan R. Grayzel, Tammy M. Proctor

9780190271084
Paperback
July 2017

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Home: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Michael Allen Fox

9780198747239
Paperback
December 2016

Very Short Introductions

Ideas of home play a prominent role in the way people of all cultures frame an understanding of their lives. This Very Short Introduction considers the enduring concept of home in our modern world, as international and local migration, homelessness, and uprootedness threaten to destabilize our traditional notions of place and belonging.

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The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921

£20.99

Mark D. Steinberg

9780199227631
Paperback
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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The City: A World History

£15.99

Andrew Lees

9780199859542
Paperback
October 2015

New Oxford World History

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The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Nick Groom

9780199586790
Paperback
September 2012

Very Short Introductions

There are many interpretations of the word 'Gothic'. Nick Groom explores the rich history and chronology of the term, bringing together various underlying and disparate elements to clarify its meaning. By examining its history, he argues that we can better interpret and understand society today.

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Plague: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Paul Slack

9780199589548
Paperback
March 2012

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction, Paul Slack explores the historical impact of plague over the centuries. Looking at the ways in which it has been interpreted, and the powerful images it has left behind in art and literature, he considers how it was fought and controlled, and the impact it had on our modern notions of public health.

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The Cultural Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Richard Curt Kraus

9780199740550
Paperback
January 2012

Very Short Introductions

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