Very Short Introductions series

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Very Short Introductions can change the way you think about the things that interest you, and are the perfect introduction to subjects you previously knew nothing about. Because of this, they have proven to be extremely popular with general readers, as well as students and their lecturers.

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Classics: A Very Short Intr...
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Literary Theory: A Very Sho...
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Theology: A Very Short Intr...
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The Koran: A Very Short Int...
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The Bible: A Very Short Int...
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Social and Cultural Anthrop...
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History: A Very Short Intro...
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Roman Britain: A Very Short...
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The Anglo-Saxon Age: A Very...
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Medieval Britain: A Very Sh...
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Heidegger: A Very Short Int...
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Socrates: A Very Short Intr...
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Logic: A Very Short Introdu...
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Descartes: A Very Short Int...
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Nietzsche: A Very Short Int...
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Darwin: A Very Short Introd...
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Gandhi: A Very Short Introd...
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Augustine: A Very Short Int...
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Jung: A Very Short Introduc...
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Buddha: A Very Short Introd...
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Continental Philosophy: A V...
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Indian Philosophy: A Very S...
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Kant: A Very Short Introduc...
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Cosmology: A Very Short Int...
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The French Revolution: A Ve...
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Barthes: A Very Short Intro...
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Animal Rights: A Very Short...
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Kierkegaard: A Very Short I...
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Russell: A Very Short Intro...
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Shakespeare: A Very Short I...
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Clausewitz: A Very Short In...
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Hobbes: A Very Short Introd...
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World Music: A Very Short I...
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Quantum Theory: A Very Shor...
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Spinoza: A Very Short Intro...
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Choice Theory: A Very Short...
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Poststructuralism: A Very S...
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Democracy: A Very Short Int...
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Empire: A Very Short Introd...
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Terrorism: A Very Short Int...
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Plato: A Very Short Introdu...
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Being Good: A Short Introdu...
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Emotion: The Science of Sen...
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Northern Ireland: A Very Sh...
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Art Theory: A Very Short In...
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Locke: A Very Short Introdu...
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Modern Ireland: A Very Shor...
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Globalization: A Very Short...
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The History of Astronomy: A...
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Schizophrenia: A Very Short...
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The Earth: A Very Short Int...
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Engels: A Very Short Introd...
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British Politics: A Very Sh...
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Linguistics: A Very Short I...
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The Celts: A Very Short Int...
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Ideology: A Very Short Intr...
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Prehistory: A Very Short In...
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Political Philosophy: A Ver...
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Postcolonialism: A Very Sho...
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Atheism: A Very Short Intro...
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