OUP Very Short Introductions for FE 2020-2021

  • Start: 1 Sep 2020
    Expiry: 31 Aug 2021
  • Description:

    Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subjects from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.

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Very Short Introductions

Almost 640 concise introductions in a diverse range of subject areas, from Mathematics to The Animal Kingdom, English Literature to Global Warming, the European Union to Economics and from Climate to Politics.

The following collections are available for subscription:

  • Arts & Humanities: All
  • Arts & Humanities: History
  • Arts & Humanities: Literature
  • Arts & Humanities: Philosophy
  • Arts & Humanities: Religion
  • Science & Maths: All
  • Science & Maths: Physics
  • Science & Maths: Psychology
  • Social Sciences: All
  • Social Sciences: Politics
  • Law: All
  • Medicine & Health: All

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