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French Cinema: A Very Short Introduction


Dudley Andrew

01 August 2023

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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The History of Emotions: A Very Short Introduction


Thomas Dixon

25 May 2023

Very Short Introductions

Emotions are complex mental states that resist reduction. Intimate and private, yet gaining substance and significance from their social and cultural context, their history is plural. It occupies the intersection of history of ideas, of the body, of subjectivity, and social and cultural history. This book explores its many facets.

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Hannah Arendt: A Very Short Introduction


Dana Villa

26 January 2023

Very Short Introductions

An exploration of the life and political essays of 20th century philosopher, Hannah Arendt. Dana Villa analyses Arendt's pathbreaking studies on totalitarianism, power, evil, and political theory.

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The Life and Death of Ancient Cities: A Natural History


Greg Woolf

25 August 2022

The story of ancient cities from the end of the Bronze Age to the beginning of the Middle Ages: a tale of war and politics, pestilence and famine, triumph and tragedy, by turns both fabulous and squalid.

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Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire


Prashant Kidambi

21 July 2022

The extraordinary story of the first 'All India' national cricket tour of Great Britain and Ireland - and how the idea of India as a nation took shape on the cricket pitch.

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The Society of Prisoners: Anglo-French Wars and Incarceration in the Eighteenth Century


Renaud Morieux

01 July 2022

The Past and Present Book Series

Very little has been written of the history of prisoners of war before the twentieth century, and Renaud Morieux seeks to correct this in this new history of war captivity in the eighteenth century, mining archives in Britain and France to take a fresh look at international relations through the histories of prisoners and host communities.

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Flowers Through Concrete: Explorations in Soviet Hippieland


Juliane F├╝rst

27 June 2022

In the face of disapproval and repression Soviet hippies created a version of Western counterculture, skilfully adapting to, manipulating, and shaping their late socialist environment. Flowers through Concrete explores their lives, thoughts, and political sway.

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Dignified Retreat: Writers and Intellectuals in the Age of Richelieu


Robert A. Schneider

01 April 2022

A panoramic study of the vibrant literary and intellectual culture that emerged in seventeenth-century France, drawing on the writings of over 100 men and women of letters, 'the generation of 1630', to understand the rise and refinement of the French language and the development of the literary culture of French classicism.

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The Jacquerie of 1358: A French Peasants' Revolt


Justine Firnhaber-Baker

24 March 2022

The Jacquerie of 1358 is one of the most famous and mysterious peasant uprisings of the Middle Ages. This book, the first extended study of the Jacquerie in over a century, resolves long-standing controversies about whether the revolt was just an irrational explosion of peasant hatred or simply an extension of the Parisian revolt.

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Violence: A Very Short Introduction


Philip Dwyer

24 March 2022

Very Short Introductions

Violence is part and parcel of both human history and nature. It is the one thing that all cultures and societies share in common. This book considers violence in the modern world, examining the ideas underpinning it, and the cultural context for violence over the last two centuries. It also asks if we are becoming more or less violent.

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Married Life in the Middle Ages, 900-1300


Elisabeth van Houts

16 March 2022

Oxford Studies in Medieval European History

An analysis of the lived experience of Christian married life in Christian medieval Europe, this study examines the process of getting married and wedding celebrations; the married life of lay couples and clergy, their sexuality, and any remarriage; and alternative living, including concubinage, polygyny, and the single life.

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Making Murder Public: Homicide in Early Modern England, 1480-1680


K. J. Kesselring

10 February 2022

Making Murder Public explores the emergence, in the sixteenth century, of a formal distinction between murder and manslaughter and the significant reduction in the rates of homicides individuals perpetrated on each other.

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The Voices of Nîmes: Women, Sex, and Marriage in Reformation Languedoc


Suzannah Lipscomb

20 January 2022

Most of the women who ever lived left no trace of their existence on the record of history. In this book, Suzannah Lipscomb recovers the lives and aspirations of ordinary sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French women, using rich source material to show what they thought about their lives, menfolk, friendships, faith, and sex.

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Winston Churchill: A Life in the News


Richard Toye

25 November 2021

A books which traces Churchill's life in the news from cradle to grave, showing how tensions between tradition and novelty played into his constantly evolving media image.

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The People's Peace: Britain Since 1945

Updated Edition


Kenneth O. Morgan

13 August 2021

This comprehensive and widely acclaimed study of British history since 1945 has been has been expanded to include a new chapter looking at the conflict over Brexit. This edition contains some further updating.

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Plague: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Paul Slack

24 June 2021

Very Short Introductions

Throughout history plague has caused some of the greatest periods of hardship for humanity, from the Black Death to the Great Plague of London. This book explores the causes of plague, the presence of plague in art and literature, and the lasting impact of the disease on how people and governments behave when threatened by epidemic crises.

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The Oxford History of Britain: 2021 edition

Updated Edition


Kenneth O. Morgan

25 February 2021

A new edition of this best-selling history of Britain, from Roman times, now updated to cover the first decade of the 21st century.

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Gender: A World History


Susan Kingsley Kent

12 January 2021

New Oxford World History

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Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans


Malcolm Gaskill

22 October 2020

The transatlantic story of how the English settlers of seventeenth century North America became Americans - from the near-calamitous first settlement at Jamestown in 1607 to the drama of the Salem witch trials.

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1931: Debt, Crisis, and the Rise of Hitler


Tobias Straumann

08 October 2020

In 1931,Tobias Straumann reveals the story of the fatal crisis, demonstrating how a debt trap contributed to the rapid financial and political collapse of a European country, and to the rise of the Nazi Party.

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