About Very Short Introductions

Concise, intelligent introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Oxford University Press.

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Very Short Introductions cover a diverse range of subject areas, from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.

The series is split into the following categories online, with many subjects and sub-disciplines within each:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine and Health

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