British Politics: A Very Short Introduction by Anthony Wright

British Politics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : British Politics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Anthony Wright
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199661103
  • Pages : 131
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  • Language : English
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An interpretative essay on the British political system looks at the key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, explores what makes British politics distinctive, and considers how the system continues to evolve.


British Politics: a Very Short Introduction by Tony Wright

British Politics: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : British Politics: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Tony Wright
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198827326
  • Pages : 160
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  • Language : English
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At a time when politics in Britain is experiencing unprecedented turmoil, this Very Short Introduction examines the past, present, and possible future of British politics. Tony Wright puts current events into a longer and larger perspective, ranging from political ideas to political institutions, and offering an overview of the British political tradition. Throughout, he identifies key characteristics and ideas of British politics, and investigates what makes it distinctive, while emphasizing how these characteristics are reflected in the way the political system functions. This new edition includes key material on Brexit, analysing the divisions revealed by the Brexit vote and the extent to which Britain now has a politics of identity, and considering whether the referendum itself has fundamentally altered the constitutional landscape. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


British Politics: A Very Short Introduction by Tony Wright

British Politics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : British Politics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Tony Wright
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191637084
  • Pages : 152
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Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics is an interpretative essay on the British political system, rather than an abbreviated textbook on how it currently works. He identifies key characteristics and ideas of the British tradition, and investigates what makes British politics distinctive, while emphasizing throughout how these characteristics are reflected in the way the political system functions. Each chapter is organized around a key theme, such as the constitution or political accountability, which is first established and then explored with examples and illustrations. In this new edition Wright considers how the system has recently changed and continues to do so, in light of the coalition government and the fall of New Labour, as well as the impact of the financial crisis and issues such as terrorism and immigration. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction by Martin Loughlin

The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Martin Loughlin
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191642657
  • Pages : 144
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  • Language : English
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The British constitution is regarded as unique among the constitutions of the world. What are the main characteristics of Britain's peculiar constitutional arrangements? How has the British constitution altered in response to the changing nature of its state - from England, to Britain, to the United Kingdom? What impact has the UK's developing relations with the European Union caused? These are some of the questions that Martin Loughlin addresses in this Very Short Introduction. As a constitution, it is one that has grown organically in response to changes in the economic, political, and social environment, and which is not contained in a single authoritative text. By considering the nature and authority of the current British constitution, and placing it in the context of others, Loughlin considers how the traditional idea of a constitution came to be retained, what problems have been generated as a result of adapting a traditional approach in a modern political world, looking at what the future prospects for the British constitution are. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Politics: A Very Short Introduction by Kenneth Minogue

Politics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Politics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Kenneth Minogue
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN Code : 019161078X
  • Pages : 128
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  • Language : English
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In this provocative but balanced essay, Kenneth Minogue discusses the development of politics from the ancient world to the twentieth century. He prompts us to consider why political systems evolve, how politics offers both power and order in our society, whether democracy is always a good thing, and what future politics may have in the twenty-first century.


Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction by David Miller

Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : David Miller
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0192803956
  • Pages : 147
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  • Language : English
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This book introduces readers to the concepts of political philosophy. It starts by explaining why the subject is important and how it tackles basic ethical questions such as 'how should we live together in society?' It looks at political authority, the reasons why we need politics at all, the limitations of politics, and whether there are areas of life that shouldn't be governed by politics. It explores the connections between political authority and justice, a constant theme in political philosophy, and the ways in which social justice can be used to regulate rather than destroy a market economy. David Miller discusses why nations are the natural units of government and whether the rise of multiculturalism and transnational co-operation will change this: will we ever see the formation of a world government? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Harvie,Colin Matthew

Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Christopher Harvie,Colin Matthew
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191606499
  • Pages : 192
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  • Language : English
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First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew's Very Short Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Britain is a sharp but subtle account of remarkable economic and social change and an even more remarkable political stability. Britain in 1789 was overwhelmingly rural, agrarian, multilingual, and almost half Celtic. By 1914, when it faced its greatest test since the defeat of Napoleon, it was largely urban and English. Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew show the forces behind Britain's rise to its imperial zenith, and the continuing tensions within the nations and classes of the 'union state'. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction by Paul Langford

Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Paul Langford
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN Code : 9780192853998
  • Pages : 116
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Part of The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, this book spans from the aftermath of the Revolution of 1688 to Pitt the Younger's defeat at attempted parliamentary reform.


Democracy: A Very Short Introduction by Bernard Crick

Democracy: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Democracy: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Bernard Crick
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN Code : 019280250X
  • Pages : 130
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  • Language : English
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Summary:

No political concept is more used, and misused, than that of democracy. Looking at key case studies, this explores the history of the doctrine and practice of democracy, and of the usages and practices associated with it in the modern world.


Twentieth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction by Kenneth O. Morgan

Twentieth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Twentieth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Kenneth O. Morgan
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191606480
  • Pages : 144
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First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, Kenneth Morgan's Very Short Introduction to Twentieth-Century Britain examines the forces of consensus and of conflict in twentieth-century Britain. The account covers the trauma of the First World War and the social divisions of the twenties; fierce domestic and foreign policy debates in the thirties; the impact of the Second World War for domestic transformation, popular culture and the loss of empire; the transition from the turmoil of the seventies to the aftermath of Thatcherism and the advent of New Labour. Throughout, cultural and artistic themes are woven into the analysis, along with the distinct national experiences of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The profound tension that shook the United Kingdom are juxtaposed against equally deep forces for stability, cohesion, and a sense of historic identity. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Journalism by Ian Hargreaves

Journalism
  • Title : Journalism
  • Author : Ian Hargreaves
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199686874
  • Pages : 153
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  • Language : English
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Journalism entered the twenty-first century caught in a paradox. The world had more journalism, across a wider range of media, than at any time since the birth of the western free press in the eighteenth century. Western journalists had found themselves under a cloud of suspicion: from politicians, philosophers, the general public, anti-globalization radicals, religious groups, and even from fellow journalists. Critics argued that the news industry had lost its moral bearings, focusing onhigh investment returns rather than reporting and analysing the political, economic, and social issues of the day. Journalism has a central and profound impact on our worldview; we find it everywhere from newspapers and television, to radio and the Internet. In the new edition of this thought-provoking and provocative Very Short Introduction, Ian Hargreaves examines the world of contemporary journalism. By looking not only at what journalism has been in the past, but also what it is becoming in the digital age, he examines the big issues relating to reportage, warfare, celebrity culture, privacy, and technology worldwide. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction by Ashley Jackson

The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Ashley Jackson
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0199605416
  • Pages : 160
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  • Language : English
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The British Empire influenced many aspects of the world we live in today. The international system remains heavily marked by British imperialism, and the borders, nations, and federations it created. This Very Short Introduction introduces and defines the British Empire, reviewing how it evolved into such a force, and the legacy it left behind.


Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction by Nigel Warburton

Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Nigel Warburton
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191622788
  • Pages : 128
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  • Language : English
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'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it' This slogan, attributed to Voltaire, is frequently quoted by defenders of free speech. Yet it is rare to find anyone prepared to defend all expression in every circumstance, especially if the views expressed incite violence. So where do the limits lie? What is the real value of free speech? Here, Nigel Warburton offers a concise guide to important questions facing modern society about the value and limits of free speech: Where should a civilized society draw the line? Should we be free to offend other people's religion? Are there good grounds for censoring pornography? Has the Internet changed everything? This Very Short Introduction is a thought-provoking, accessible, and up-to-date examination of the liberal assumption that free speech is worth preserving at any cost. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Modern War: A Very Short Introduction by Richard English

Modern War: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Modern War: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Richard English
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199607893
  • Pages : 132
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  • Language : English
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In this accessible and authoritative Very Short Introduction, Richard English considers what modern warfare is and what it achieves. Addressing our assumptions about war in the modern period, and drawing upon direct accounts of warfare, he considers its impact on society, culture, economics, as well its future.


Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction by Senia Pašeta

Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Senia Pašeta
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN Code : 0192801678
  • Pages : 164
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  • Language : English
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Drawing on new research on the history of Ireland since 1800 this new look at modern Ireland challenges some of the assumptions which underpin this research. It explores the notion of the 'Irish Question' and argues that there were in fact many Irish Questions which were continually articulated and reassessed according to the particular social, political, and economic conditions in which they developed.


The European Union: A Very Short Introduction by John Pinder,Simon Usherwood

The European Union: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The European Union: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : John Pinder,Simon Usherwood
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199681694
  • Pages : 181
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  • Language : English
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Fully updated to include the Lisbon treaty, the EU fiscal crisis, and the state of the Euro currency, this accessible Very Short Introduction shows how and why the EU has developed, how its institutions works, and what it does - from the single market to the Euro, and from agriculture to peace-keeping and the environment.


Environmental Politics by Andrew Dobson

Environmental Politics
  • Title : Environmental Politics
  • Author : Andrew Dobson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199665575
  • Pages : 144
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Environmental politics has many faces and operates at multiple scales: it preoccupies individuals as well as governments, drives local agreements as well as international treaties, results in minor business changes as well as wholesale business decisions, and fluctuates between a politics of protest and one of accommodation. In this Very Short Introduction Andrew Dobson offers a lively and comprehensive commentary on the many facets of environmental politics today. Looking towards the future, he asks whether environmental politics will be comfortably accommodated by mainstream politics, or whether the advent of the Anthropocene - a whole new geological epoch driven by human impact on the environment - will herald a break with the politics of growth that has dominated social life since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Ideology by Michael Freeden

Ideology
  • Title : Ideology
  • Author : Michael Freeden
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 019280281X
  • Pages : 142
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Ideology is one of the most controversial terms in the political vocabulary, exciting both revulsion and inspiration. This book examines the reasons for those views, and explains why ideologies deserve respect as a major form of political thinking. It investigates the centrality of ideology both as a political phenomenon and as an organizing framework of political thought and action. It explores the changing understandings of ideology as a concept, and the arguments of the main ideologies. By employing the latest insights from a range of disciplines, the reader is introduced to the vitality and force of a crucial resource at the disposal of societies, through which sense and purpose is assigned to the political world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Modern India by Craig Jeffrey

Modern India
  • Title : Modern India
  • Author : Craig Jeffrey
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198769342
  • Pages : 129
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  • Language : English
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India has become one of the world's emerging powers, rivaling China in terms of global influence. Yet many people know relatively little about the economic, social, political, and cultural changes unfolding in India today. To what extent are people benefiting from the economic boom? In what ways is education transforming society? And how is India's culture industry responding to technological change? In this "Very Short Introduction", Craig Jeffrey provides a compelling account of the recent history of India, investigating the contradictions that are plaguing modern India and the manner in which people, especially young people, are actively remaking the country in the twenty first century. -- From publisher's description.


Decolonization by Dane Kennedy

Decolonization
  • Title : Decolonization
  • Author : Dane Kennedy
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199340498
  • Pages : 128
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  • Language : English
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Between 1760 and 1800, the American people cast off British rule to create a new nation and a radically new form of government based on the idea that people have the right to govern themselves. This title provides a cohesive synthesis of the military, diplomatic, political, social, and intellectual aspects of the American Revolution, paying special attention to the Revolution's causes and consequences.


Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction by Lyman Tower Sargent

Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Lyman Tower Sargent
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191614424
  • Pages : 160
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  • Language : English
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There are many debates about utopia - What constitutes a utopia? Are utopias benign or dangerous? Is the idea of utopianism essential to Christianity or heretical? What is the relationship between utopia and ideology? This Very Short Introduction explores these issues and examines utopianism and its history. Lyman Sargent discusses the role of utopianism in literature, and in the development of colonies and in immigration. The idea of utopia has become commonplace in social and political thought, both negatively and positively. Some thinkers see a trajectory from utopia to totalitarianism with violence an inevitable part of the mix. Others see utopia directly connected to freedom and as a necessary element in the fight against totalitarianism. In Christianity utopia is labelled as both heretical and as a fundamental part of Christian belief, and such debates are also central to such fields as architecture, town and city planning, and sociology among many others Sargent introduces and summarizes the debates over the utopia in literature, communal studies, social and political theory, and theology. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction by David Garland

The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : David Garland
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199672660
  • Pages : 144
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  • Language : English
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The programmes that make up the welfare state vary from nation to nation and from time to time, and the balance between markets and government, and free enterprise and social protection is perennially in question. In contemporary political debate the welfare state seems to be mostly viewed asa problem rather than a solution, and welfare programmes appear constantly on the defensive. ThisVery Short Introduction describes the modern welfare state, explaining its historical and contemporary significance and arguing that far from being 'a failure' or 'a problem', welfare states are an essential element of contemporary capitalism, and a vital concomitant of democratic government.In this accessible and entertaining account, David Garland cuts through the fog of misunderstandings to explain in clear and simple terms, what the welfare state is, how it works, and why it matters.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction by Marc Mulholland

Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Marc Mulholland
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 019157919X
  • Pages : 184
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  • Language : English
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From the Plantation of Ulster in the seventeenth century to the entry into peace talks in the late twentieth century the Northern Irish people have been engaged in conflict - Catholic against Protestant, Republican against Unionist. Marc Mulholland explores the pivotal moments in Northern Irish history - the rise of republicanism in the 1800s, Home Rule and the civil rights movement, the growth of Sinn Fein and the provisional IRA, and of the opposition, the DUP, led by Dr. Ian Paisley. His detailed examination of the violent upheaval of the last century, epitomized by the killing of 13 civilian demonstrators on Bloody Sunday, culminates in the controversy surrounding the current ongoing peace process. Over 300 years on, the question still remains: can two identities and national allegiances be accommodated in the same state without oppression, rebellion, or violence? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction by Martin Loughlin

The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Martin Loughlin
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199697698
  • Pages : 135
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  • Language : English
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The British constitution has grown organically in response to changes in its economic, political, and social environment, and is not contained in a single authoritative text. In this Very Short Introduction, Martin Loughlin examines the nature and authority of the constitution, and its challenging prospects for the future.


The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction by John Guy

The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : John Guy
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN Code : 0191606510
  • Pages : 128
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  • Language : English
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First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, John Guy's Very Short Introduction to The Tudors is the most authoritative short introduction to this age in British history. It offers a compelling account of the political, religious and economic changes of the country under such leading monarchs as Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The work has been substantially revised and updated for this edition. In particular, the reigns of Henry VII, Edward VI, and Philip and Mary are comprehensively reassessed.


Populism by Cas Mudde,Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser

Populism
  • Title : Populism
  • Author : Cas Mudde,Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0190234873
  • Pages : 131
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  • Language : English
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A timely overview of populism, one of the most contested concepts in political journalism and the social sciences.


Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction by John Morrill

Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : John Morrill
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191606502
  • Pages : 112
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  • Language : English
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First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, John Morrill's Very Short Introduction to Stuart Britain sets the Revolution into its political, religious, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural contexts. It thus seeks to integrate what most other surveys pull apart. It gives a graphic account of the effects of a century-long period during which population was growing inexorably and faster than both the food supply and the employment market. It looks at the failed attempts of successive governments to make all those under their authority obedient members of a unified national church; it looks at how Charles I blundered into a civil war which then took on a terrifying momentum of its own. The result was his trial and execution, the abolition of the monarchy, the house of lords, the bishops, the prayer book and the celebration of Christmas. As a result everything else that people took for granted came up for challenge, and this book shows how painfully and with what difficulty order and obedience was restored. Vividly illustrated and full of startling detail, this is an ideal introduction to those interested in getting into the period, and also contains much to challenge and stimulate those who already feel at home in Stuart England. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Liberalism by Michael Freeden

Liberalism
  • Title : Liberalism
  • Author : Michael Freeden
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199670439
  • Pages : 144
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  • Language : English
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Michael Freeden explores the concept of liberalism, one of the longest-standing and central political theories and ideologies. Combining a variety of approaches, he distinguishes between liberalism as a political movement, as a system of ideas, and as a series of ethical and philosophical principles.


The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction by William Doyle

The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : William Doyle
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN Code : 0192853961
  • Pages : 135
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  • Language : English
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'[William Doyle] writes on the French Revolution with more understanding, balance and clarity than any other historian, living or dead.' -Prof. Tim Blanning, University of Cambridge


American Political History by Donald T. Critchlow

American Political History
  • Title : American Political History
  • Author : Donald T. Critchlow
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199340056
  • Pages : 150
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  • Language : English
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"American Political History : A Very Short Introduction captures the richness of American political history, focusing primarily on national politics. It explores the nature of the two-party system, key turning points in American political history, representative presidential and congressional elections, struggles to expand the electorate, and critical social protest and third-party movements"--Provided by publisher


Exploring Parliament by Cristina Leston-Bandeira,Louise Thompson

Exploring Parliament
  • Title : Exploring Parliament
  • Author : Cristina Leston-Bandeira,Louise Thompson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198788436
  • Pages : 312
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  • Language : English
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A fresh perspective on an ancient institution; Exploring Parliament offers an engaging and real-life insight into the inner workings, impact, and relevance of twenty-first century Parliament. Short academic and practitioner chapters are combined with highly relevant and practical case studies, to provide a new and accessible introduction to Parliament's structures, people, and practices. As well as covering the broader structure of UK Parliament, this text explains the role of small parties in law making, the design and space of Parliament, and offers illuminating case studies on highly topical areas such as the Backbench Business Committee, the Hillsborough Inquiry and recentpieces of legislation such as the Assisted Dying Bill.This text is complemented by the following online resources for students and lecturers:* Video tours of Parliament* Podcasts to explain and explore the work of Parliament* Web links to help students to explore Parliament even further


Empire: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Howe

Empire: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Empire: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Stephen Howe
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191604445
  • Pages : 160
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  • Language : English
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A great deal of the world's history is the history of empires. Indeed it could be said that all history is colonial history, if one takes a broad enough definition and goes far enough back. And although the great historic imperial systems, the land-based Russian one as well as the seaborne empires of western European powers, have collapsed during the past half century, their legacies shape almost every aspect of life on a global scale. Meanwhile there is fierce argument, and much speculation, about what has replaced the old territorial empires in world politics. Do the United States and its allies, transnational companies, financial and media institutions, or more broadly the forces of 'globalization', constitute a new imperial system? Stephen Howe interprets the meaning of the idea of 'empire' through the ages, disentangling the multiple uses and abuses of the labels 'empire', 'colonialism', etc., and examines the aftermath of imperialism on the contemporary world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction by Allen C. Guelzo

Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Allen C. Guelzo
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780199743742
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Beneath the surface of the apparently untutored and deceptively frank Abraham Lincoln ran private tunnels of self-taught study, a restless philosophical curiosity, and a profound grasp of the fundamentals of democracy. Now, in Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction, the award-winning Lincoln authority Allen C. Guelzo offers a penetrating look into the mind of one of our greatest presidents. If Lincoln was famous for reading aloud from joke books, Guelzo shows that he also plunged deeply into the mainstream of nineteenth-century liberal democratic thought. Guelzo takes us on a wide-ranging exploration of problems that confronted Lincoln and liberal democracy--equality, opportunity, the rule of law, slavery, freedom, peace, and his legacy. The book sets these problems and Lincoln's responses against the larger world of American and trans-Atlantic liberal democracy in the 19th century, comparing Lincoln not just to Andrew Jackson or John Calhoun, but to British thinkers such as Richard Cobden, Jeremy Bentham, and John Bright, and to French observers Alexis de Tocqueville and François Guizot. The Lincoln we meet here is an Enlightenment figure who struggled to create a common ground between a people focused on individual rights and a society eager to establish a certain moral, philosophical, and intellectual bedrock. Lincoln insisted that liberal democracy had a higher purpose, which was the realization of a morally right political order. But how to interject that sense of moral order into a system that values personal self-satisfaction--"the pursuit of happiness"--remains a fundamental dilemma even today. Abraham Lincoln was a man who, according to his friend and biographer William Henry Herndon, "lived in the mind." Guelzo paints a marvelous portrait of this Lincoln--Lincoln the man of ideas--providing new insights into one of the giants of American history. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.


Roman Britain by Peter Salway

Roman Britain
  • Title : Roman Britain
  • Author : Peter Salway
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 9780192851437
  • Pages : 824
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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'The toga was often to be seen among them': with these words the Roman Historian Tacitus describes the Britons adopting the Roman way of life at an early stage of their long history as Roman provincials.


Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction by Charles Townshend

Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Charles Townshend
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199603944
  • Pages : 161
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Is terrorism crime or war? Can there be a 'war against terrorism'? In this fully updated edition, Charles Townshend unravels the questions at the heart of the problem of terrorism - its causes, methods, effects and limitations - suggesting that it must be understood as a political strategy whose threat can be rationally grasped and answered.


Encounters with World Affairs by Emilian Kavalski

Encounters with World Affairs
  • Title : Encounters with World Affairs
  • Author : Emilian Kavalski
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 131714385X
  • Pages : 452
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This book is designed to familiarise students with leading International Relations (IR) theories and their explanation of political events, phenomena, and processes which cross the territorial boundaries of the state. Thus, students will be exposed to the interplay between power, interest, ideas, identity, and resistance, in explaining continuity and change in international relations. Developed to provide students with the analytical tools and intellectual frameworks needed to understand the behaviour of different international actors in contemporary global affairs. This textbook responds to the challenges of a dynamic job market by assisting students to gain both thorough theoretical knowledge and training them to apply this knowledge to real world problems. In short, this textbook delivers: A comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the examination of national, regional and global trends in politics, economics and socio-cultural developments allowing students to understand: ¢ the practice and theory of contemporary international relations ¢ the politics, culture, history, and economies of different regions around the world ¢ the role played by international interactions, culture, and government in local, national, and global settings. Equipping students with the proficiency: ¢ to understand and interpret the dynamics, patterns, and issues of global affairs ¢ to know how to get more information about particular questions ¢ to evaluate that information independently and effectively. To these ends, the textbook provides a number of features that will appeal to students and avoids overwhelming students with chapters on topics which (in practice) are rarely on courses, while nonetheless providing a comprehensive overview of the field. Introduces students to the main debates, topics, and terms in the field and allows them to decide which they would like to focus on in their further studies.


Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction by James Fulcher

Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : James Fulcher
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191039012
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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What is capitalism? Is capitalism the same everywhere? Is there an alternative? The word 'capitalism' is one that is heard and used frequently, but what is capitalism really all about, and what does it mean? This Very Short Introduction addresses questions such as 'what is capital?' before discussing the history and development of capitalism through several detailed case studies, ranging from the tulipomania of 17th century Holland, the Great Depression of the 1930s, and in this new edition, the impact of the global financial crisis that started in 2007-8. James Fulcher looks at the different forms that capitalism takes in Britain, Japan, Sweden, and the United States, and explores whether capitalism has escaped the nation-state by going global. It ends by asking whether there is an alternative to capitalism, discussing socialism, communal and cooperative experiments, and the alternatives proposed by environmentalists. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Classics: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard,John Henderson

Classics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Classics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Mary Beard,John Henderson
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN Code : 9780192853851
  • Pages : 145
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Explores the relationship between the contemporary world and the ancient one.


The U. S. Constitution: a Very Short Introduction by David J. Bodenhamer

The U. S. Constitution: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The U. S. Constitution: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : David J. Bodenhamer
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0195378326
  • Pages : 168
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"Though the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1788, its impact on our lives is as recent as today's news. Claims and counterclaims about the constitutionality of governmental actions are a habit of American politics. This document, which its framers designed to limit power, often has made political conflict inevitable. It also has accommodated and legitimized the political and social changes of a vibrant, powerful democratic nation. A product of history's first modern revolution, the Constitution embraced a new formula for government: it restrained power on behalf of liberty, but it also granted power to promote and protect liberty. The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction explores the major themes that have shaped American constitutional history-- federalism, the balance of powers, property, representation, equality, rights, and security. Informed by the latest scholarship, this book places constitutional history within the context of American political and social history. We do not operate today under the same Constitution created by our founding fathers or the Constitution as completed by the Bill of Rights in 1791 or even the one revised by the Reconstruction amendments. Nor are we the same nation. As our circumstances have changed, so has our Constitution.Today we face serious challenges to the nation's constitutional legacy. Endless wars, a sharply divided electorate and deadlocked government, economic inequality, immigration, cybersecurity and privacy, and foreign interference in the nation's democratic processes, among a host of other issues, have placed demands on government and on society that test our constitutional values. Understanding how the Constitution has evolved will help us adapt its principles to the challenges of our age"--


Canada: A Very Short Introduction by Donald Wright

Canada: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Canada: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Donald Wright
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0191071536
  • Pages : 144
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Canada is not one nation, but three: English Canada, Quebec, and First Nations. Yet as a country Canada is very successful, in part because it maintains national diversity through bilingualism, multiculturalism, and federalism. Alongside this contemporary openness Canada also has its own history to contend with; with a legacy of broken treaties and residential schools for its Indigenous peoples, making reconciliation between Canada and First Nations an ongoing journey, not a destination. Drawing on history, politics, and literature, this Very Short Introduction starts at the end of the last ice age, when the melting of the ice sheets opened the northern half of North America to Indigenous peoples, and covers up to today's anthropogenic climate change, and Canada's climate politics. Donald Wright emphasizes Canada's complexity and diversity as well as its different identities and its commitment to rights, and explores its historical relationship to Great Britain, and its ongoing relationship with the United States. Finally, he examines Canada's northern realities and its northern identities. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.