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Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Stanley Wells
English | June 13th, 2017 | ISBN: 0198785291 | 144 pages | EPUB | 1.83 MB

Tragedy, including grief, pain and suffering, is a common theme in Shakespeare's plays, often leading to the death of at least one character, if not several. Yet such themes can also be found in Shakespearian plays which are classed as comedies, or histories. What is it which makes a Shakespearian tragedy, and what dramatic themes and conventions did the bard draw upon when writing them?

Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Sidney Perkowitz
English | October 1st, 2019 | ISBN: 0198813945 | 168 pages | EPUB | 2.37 MB

Physics, the fundamental science of matter and energy, encompasses all levels of nature from the subatomic to the cosmic, and underlies much of the technology around us. Understanding the physics of our universe is an essential aspect of humanity's quest to understand our environment and our place within it. Doing physics enables us to explore the interaction between environment and human society, and can help us to work towards the future sustainability of the planet.

Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Tim Bayne
English | April 22nd, 2018 | ISBN: 0198754965 | 160 pages | EPUB | 1.04 MB

What is the philosophy of religion? How can we distinguish it from theology on the one hand and the psychology/sociology of religious belief on the other? What does it mean to describe God as "eternal"? And should religious people want there to be good arguments for the existence of God, or is religious belief only authentic in the absence of these good arguments?

A Little Bit of Numerology: An Introduction to Numerical Divination (Little Bit)

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A Little Bit of Numerology: An Introduction to Numerical Divination (Little Bit)

A Little Bit of Numerology: An Introduction to Numerical Divination (Little Bit) by Novalee Wilder
English | January 5th, 2020 | ISBN: 1454936118 | 128 pages | EPUB | 0.75 MB

This entry in the popular Little Bit Of series introduces the age-old study of numerology.

A Little Bit of Goddess: An Introduction to the Divine Feminine (Little Bit)

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A Little Bit of Goddess: An Introduction to the Divine Feminine (Little Bit)

A Little Bit of Goddess: An Introduction to the Divine Feminine (Little Bit) by Amy Leigh Mercree
English | January 5th, 2020 | ISBN: 1454936703 | 128 pages | EPUB | 0.67 MB

Discover the divine feminine with this introduction to the world of the goddess.

Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Eugene R. Fidell
English | September 1st, 2016 | ISBN: 0199303495 | 160 pages | EPUB | 3.05 MB

"You can't handle the truth." These iconic words, bellowed by Jack Nicholson as Colonel Jessup in the 1992 movie A Few Good Men, became an emblem of the conflict between honor and truth that the collective imagination often considers the quintessence of military justice. The military is the rare part of contemporary society that enjoys the privilege of policing its own members' behavior, with special courts and a separate body of rules. Whether one is for or against this system, military trials are fascinating and little understood. This book opens a window on the military judicial system, offering an accessible and balanced assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of military legal regimes around the world. It illuminates US military justice through a comparison with civilian and foreign models for the administration of justice, with a particular emphasis on the UK and Canadian military justice systems.

Native American Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Native American Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Native American Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Sean Teuton
English | January 19th, 2018 | ISBN: 0199944520 | 176 pages | EPUB | 1.43 MB

North American indigenous literature began over thirty thousand years ago when indigenous people began telling stories of emergence and creation, journey and quest, and heroism and trickery. By setting indigenous literature in historical moments, Sean Teuton skillfully traces its evolution from the ancient role of bringing rain and healing the body, to its later purpose in resisting European invasion and colonization, into its current place as a world literature that confronts dominance while celebrating the imagination and resilience of indigenous lives.

C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by James Como
English | March 24th, 2019 | ISBN: 0198828241 | 160 pages | EPUB | 2.25 MB

Beloved by children and adults worldwide, the writings of C. S. Lewis have a broad and enduring appeal. Although he is best known for the iconic Chronicles of Narnia series, C. S. Lewis was actually a man of many literary parts. Already well-known as a scholar in the 1930's, he became a famous broadcaster during World War Two and wrote in many genres, including satire (The Screwtape Letters), science fiction (Perelandra), a novel (Till We Have Faces), and many other books on Christian belief, such as Mere Christianity and Miracles. His few sermons remain touchstones of their type. In addition to these, Lewis wrote hundreds of poems and articles on social and cultural issues, many books and articles in his field of literary criticism and history, and thousands of letters.

Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Francis J. Bremer
English | July 24th, 2009 | ISBN: 0195334558 | 122 pages | EPUB | 2.47 MB

Written by a leading expert on the Puritans, this brief, informative volume offers a wealth of background on this key religious movement. This book traces the shaping, triumph, and decline of the Puritan world, while also examining the role of religion in the shaping of American society and the role of the Puritan legacy in American history. Francis J. Bremer discusses the rise of Puritanism in the English Reformation, the struggle of the reformers to purge what they viewed as the corruptions of Roman Catholicism from the Elizabethan church, and the struggle with the Stuart monarchs that led to a brief Puritan triumph under Oliver Cromwell.

Methodism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Methodism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Methodism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by William J. Abraham
English | April 25th, 2019 | ISBN: 0198802315 | 168 pages | EPUB | 1.57 MB

Beginning as a renewal movement within Anglicanism in the eighteenth century, Methodism had become the largest Protestant denomination in the USA in the nineteenth century, and is today one of the most vibrant forms of Christianity. Representing a complex spiritual and evangelistic experiment that involves a passionate commitment to worldwide mission, it covers a global network of Christian denominations.

Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions), 3rd Edition

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Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions), 3rd Edition

Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions), 3rd Edition by Klaus Dodds
English | July 25th, 2019 | ISBN: 0198830769 | 176 pages | EPUB | 2.37 MB

Geopolitics is a slippery term. From great power politics and speculation about resource scrambles, to everyday encounters and objects such as smart phones, it affects citizens, corporations, international bodies, social movements, and governments. Geopolitics is far more than simply the impact of geographical features such as rivers, mountains, and climate on political developments. Geography matters but not necessarily in the way that pundits and presidents assume.

The Hellenistic Age: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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The Hellenistic Age: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

The Hellenistic Age: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Peter Thonemann
English | April 22nd, 2018 | ISBN: 0198746040 | 152 pages | EPUB | 2.59 MB

The three centuries which followed the conquests of Alexander are perhaps the most thrilling of all periods of ancient history. This was an age of cultural globalization: in the third century BC, a single language carried you from the Rhone to the Indus. A Celt from the lower Danube could serve in the mercenary army of a Macedonian king ruling in Egypt, and a Greek philosopher from Cyprus could compare the religions of the Brahmins and the Jews on the basis of first-hand knowledge of both. Kings from Sicily to Tajikistan struggled to meet the challenges of ruling multi-ethnic states, and Greek city-states came together under the earliest federal governments known to history. The scientists of Ptolemaic Alexandria measured the circumference of the earth, while pioneering Greek Argonauts explored the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic coast of Africa.

The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Charles L. Cohen
English | December 12th, 2019 | ISBN: 0190654341 | 176 pages | EPUB | 2.90 MB

In the book of Genesis, God bestows a new name upon Abram–Abraham, a father of many nations. With this name and his Covenant, Abraham would become the patriarch of three of the world's major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Connected by their mutual–if differentiated–veneration of the One God proclaimed by Abraham, these traditions share much beyond their origins in the ancient Israel of the Old Testament. This Very Short Introduction explores the intertwined histories of these monotheistic religions, from the emergence of Christianity and Islam to the violence of the Crusades and the cultural exchanges of al-Andalus.

Reconstruction: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Reconstruction: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Reconstruction: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Allen C. Guelzo
English | December 12th, 2019 | ISBN: 0190454792 | 192 pages | EPUB | 1.91 MB

The era known as Reconstruction is one of the unhappiest times in American history. It succeeded in reuniting the nation politically after the Civil War but in little else. Among its chief failures was the inability to chart a progressive course for race relations after the abolition of slavery and rise of Jim Crow. Reconstruction also struggled to successfully manage the Southern resistance towards a Northern, free-labor pattern. But the failures cannot obscure a number of notable accomplishments, with decisive long-term consequences for American life: the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, the election of the first African American representatives to the US Congress, and the avoidance of any renewed outbreak of civil war. Reconstruction suffered from poor leadership and uncertainty of direction, but it also laid the groundwork for renewed struggles for racial equality during the Civil Rights Movement.

Prohibition: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Prohibition: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Prohibition: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by W. J. Rorabaugh
English | December 13th, 2019 | ISBN: 0190280107 | 160 pages | EPUB | 2.67 MB

Americans have always been a hard-drinking people, but from 1920 to 1933 the country went dry. After decades of pressure from rural Protestants such as the hatchet-wielding Carry A. Nation and organizations such as the Women's Christian Temperance Union and Anti-Saloon League, the states ratified the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Bolstered by the Volstead Act, this amendment made Prohibition law: alcohol could no longer be produced, imported, transported, or sold. This bizarre episode is often humorously recalled, frequently satirized, and usually condemned. The more interesting questions, however, are how and why Prohibition came about, how Prohibition worked (and failed to work), and how Prohibition gave way to strict governmental regulation of alcohol. This book answers these questions, presenting a brief and elegant overview of the Prohibition era and its legacy.