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French Cinema: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Dudley Andrew

9780198718611
Paperback
July 2022

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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Violence: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Philip Dwyer

9780198831730
Paperback
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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The People's Peace: Britain Since 1945

Updated Edition

£16.99

Kenneth O. Morgan

9780198841074
Paperback
July 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

£8.99

Paul Slack

9780198871118
Paperback
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

£12.99

Kenneth O. Morgan

9780198841111
Paperback
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

£16.99

Susan Kingsley Kent

9780190621988
Paperback
January 2021

New Oxford World History

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Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans

£14.99

Malcolm Gaskill

9780199672974
Paperback
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

£12.99

Tobias Straumann

9780198816195
Paperback
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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Boom Cities: Architect Planners and the Politics of Radical Urban Renewal in 1960s Britain

£22.99

Otto Saumarez Smith

9780198865193
Paperback
September 2020

In this volume, Otto Saumarez Smith recounts the fraught history of the urban development of British city centres in the 1960s, uncovering the planning philosophy, and the political, cultural, and legislative background that created the conditions for these transformations to occur across the country.

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Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice

£14.99

Mary Fulbrook

9780198811244
Paperback
September 2020

Reckonings documents how Holocaust victims have sought justice over the decades and the haunting disparity between crime and punishment.

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The Ghetto: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Bryan Cheyette

9780198809951
Paperback
August 2020

Very Short Introductions

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Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens: A History of Ancient Greece

£14.99

Robin Waterfield

9780198853121
Paperback
July 2020

A fascinating, accessible, and up-to-date history of the Ancient Greeks. Covering the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods, and centred around the disunity of the Greeks, their underlying cultural unity, and their eventual political unification.

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Superstition: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Stuart Vyse

9780198819257
Paperback
January 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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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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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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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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