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  • Ancient Greeceby Paul Cartledge

    OUP Oxford 2009; US$ 7.99

    A highly stimulating introduction to the history of Ancient Greek civilization, from the first documented use of the Greek language in about 1400 BCE, through the glories of the Classical and Hellenistic periods, to the foundation of the Byzantine empire in about CE 330. more...

  • The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introductionby Christopher Kelly

    OUP Oxford 2006; US$ 7.99

    The Roman Empire was a remarkable achievement. With a population of sixty million people, it encircled the Mediterranean and stretched from northern England to North Africa and Syria. This Very Short Introduction covers the history of the empire at its height, looking at its people, religions and social structures. It explains how it deployed violence,... more...

  • But Is It Art?by Cynthia Freeland

    OUP Oxford 2002; US$ 9.99

    Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy, art theory, and many engrossing examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, sex, web sites, and research on the brain's role in perceiving art. This clear, lively book will engage the public, introductory students, and teachers in... more...

  • The Roman Republic: A Very Short Introductionby David M. Gwynn

    OUP Oxford 2012; US$ 7.99

    Here, David Gwynn reflects on the remarkable legacy of the Roman Republic. The rise and fall of the Republic holds a special place in the history of Western civilization; it has been presented as a model, a source of inspiration, but also a warning. Placing the events in their wider context, he provides a fascinating history of culture and society. more...

  • Superintelligenceby Nick Bostrom

    OUP Oxford 2014; US$ 10.99

    This seminal book injects the topic of superintelligence into the academic and popular mainstream. What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? In a tour de force of analytic thinking, Bostrom lays a foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. more...

  • Knowledge: A Very Short Introductionby Jennifer Nagel

    OUP Oxford 2014; US$ 7.99

    Human beings naturally desire knowledge. But what is knowledge? Is it the same as having an opinion? Highlighting the major developments in the theory of knowledge from Ancient Greece to the present day, Jennifer Nagel uses a number of simple everyday examples to explore the key themes and current debates of epistemology. more...

  • The Cold War: A Very Short Introductionby Robert J. McMahon

    OUP Oxford 2003; US$ 7.99

    How, when, and why did the Cold War begin? Why did it last so long? What impact did it have on the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe, and the Third World? Finally, what difference did it make to the broader history of the second half of the twentieth century? This clear and stimulating interpretive overview of the Cold War will both invite debate... more...

  • Art History: A Very Short Introductionby Dana Arnold

    OUP Oxford 2004; US$ 7.99

    This clear and concise new introduction examines all the major debates and issues using a wide range of well-known examples. Importantly, this book explains how the traditional emphasis on periods and styles originates in western art production and can obscure other approaches, as well as art from non-western cultures. more...

  • The Koran: A Very Short Introductionby Michael Cook

    OUP Oxford 2000; US$ 7.99

    This Very Short Introduction explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditional Muslim culture. Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the Koran as codex, as scripture, as liturgy, and as the embodiment of truth, and examines its means of formation and dissemination. He also discusses issues of interpretation... more...

  • History: A Very Short Introductionby John H. Arnold

    OUP Oxford 2000; US$ 7.99

    John H. Arnold's Very Short Introduction is a stimulating essay about how we study and understand history. The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and explores the ways these questions have been answered in the past. Concepts such as causation, interpretation, and periodization, are... more...