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The Basics


About the Series

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Research Methods The Basics

Research Methods: The Basics

3rd Edition

Forthcoming

By Nicholas Walliman
December 31, 2021

Research Methods: The Basics is an accessible, user-friendly introduction to the different aspects of research theory, methods and practice. This third edition provides an expanded and fully updated resource suitable for students and practitioners in a wide range of disciplines including the ...

French Revolution: The Basics

French Revolution: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Darius von Güttner
December 09, 2021

French Revolution: The Basics is an accessible and concise introduction to the history of the revolution in France. Combining a traditional narrative of with documents of the era and references to contemporary imagery of the revolution, the book traces the long and short term causes of the French...

World Prehistory: The Basics

World Prehistory: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Brian M. Fagan, Nadia Durrani
November 25, 2021

World Prehistory: The Basics tells the compelling story of human prehistory, from our African origins to the spectacular pre-industrial civilizations and cities of the more recent past. Written in a non-technical style by two archaeologists and experienced writers about the past, the story begins...

Religion and Film: The Basics

Religion and Film: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Jeanette Reedy Solano
November 23, 2021

Religion and Film: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the history, diverse approaches, and ideas associated within the study of religion and film. Referencing films from around the world from the early 20th century to the present day, this unique introduction includes the ...

Physical Geography: The Basics

Physical Geography: The Basics

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

By Joseph Holden
November 18, 2021

This second edition, enhanced with more than 30 new figures, provides an up-to-date overview of physical geography suitable for all those with a personal or professional interest in environmental processes, climate change and understanding of the Earth’s landforms and dynamics. The text provides ...

Film Studies The Basics

Film Studies: The Basics

3rd Edition

Forthcoming

By Amy Villarejo
November 17, 2021

A comprehensive overview of how to study film, this updated third edition provides concise and provocative summaries for approaching the language of film analysis, ways of thinking about film history, and approaches and methods for studying cinema, from national cinemas to genre to stardom and ...

American Studies: The Basics

American Studies: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Andrew Dix
November 09, 2021

American Studies: The Basics is an accessible and concise introduction that aims to unpack what American studies does and why it matters. From Moby-Dick to baseball, Hollywood westerns to #BlackLivesMatter, and Disneyland to the U.S. Supreme Court, American studies engages with a myriad of topics ...

Performance Studies: The Basics

Performance Studies: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Andreea S. Micu
October 26, 2021

Performance Studies: The Basics offers an overview of the multiple, often overlapping definitions of performance, from performance art, performance as everyday life, and rituals, to the performative dimensions of identity, such as gender, race and sexuality. This book defines the interdisciplinary...

Music Cognition: The Basics

Music Cognition: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Henkjan Honing
September 30, 2021

Why do people attach importance to the wordless language we call music? Music Cognition: The Basics considers the role of our cognitive functions, such as perception, memory, attention, and expectation in perceiving, making, and appreciating music. In this volume, Henkjan Honing explores the ...

Sociology The Basics

Sociology: The Basics

3rd Edition

Forthcoming

By Ken Plummer
September 30, 2021

A lively, accessible and comprehensive introduction to the diverse ways of thinking about social life, Sociology: The Basics has been translated into six languages. The volume is packed with thought-provoking summaries, questions, quotations and activities. It offers an absorbing narrative about ...

Cognitive Psychology The Basics

Cognitive Psychology: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Sandie Taylor, Lance Workman
September 16, 2021

Cognitive Psychology: The Basics provides a compact introduction to the core topics in the field, discussing the science behind the everyday cognitive phenomena experienced by us all. The book considers laboratory and applied theory and research alongside technological developments to demonstrate ...

Free Will: The Basics

Free Will: The Basics

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

By Meghan Griffith
September 16, 2021

The issue of whether humans are free to make their own decisions has long been debated, and it continues to be controversial today. In Free Will: The Basics Meghan Griffith provides a clear and accessible introduction to this important but challenging philosophical problem. She addresses the ...

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