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The Basics


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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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Transnational Literature The Basics

Transnational Literature: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Paul Jay
March 19, 2021

Transnational Literature: The Basics provides an indispensable overview of this important new field of study and the literature it explores. It concisely describes the various ways in which literature can be understood as being "transnational", explains why scholars in literary studies have become ...

Pandemics: The Basics

Pandemics: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Elisa Pieri
March 12, 2021

This book provides an engaging, jargon-free introduction to the threat of global pandemics, offering an overview of the many origins and triggers of pandemic events. It covers the impacts generated by novel infectious disease outbreaks across various dimensions – from social and ethical to medical ...

Sport History The Basics

Sport History: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Gerald R. Gems
March 11, 2021

This is a fundamental text for the study of sport history. It answers the ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what’ questions; introducing the key principles and practices of sport history, and walking the reader through the fascinating stories, debates, issues, and national and international narratives that ...

Art History: The Basics

Art History: The Basics

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

Diana Newall, Grant Pooke
February 25, 2021

Now in its second edition, this volume is an accessible introduction to the history of art. Using an international range of examples, it provides the reader with a toolkit of concepts, ideas and methods relevant to understanding art history. This new edition is fully updated with colour ...

Sustainability: The Basics

Sustainability: The Basics

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

Peter Jacques
December 31, 2020

Sustainability is a pressing concern for people and governments around the world, but it is also an essentially contested concept that requires an understanding of the stakes, trade-offs, and complex politics at play. Sustainability: The Basics offers an accessible and interdisciplinary ...

Thomas Aquinas: The Basics

Thomas Aquinas: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Franklin T. Harkins
December 31, 2020

Thomas Aquinas: The Basics is an engaging introduction to the theology of arguably the greatest theologian and philosopher of the Middle Ages. The sophistication and complexity of his thought can be daunting for those approaching his work for the first time. Through this lively and accessible book,...

Health Psychology The Basics

Health Psychology: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Erica Cook, Lynne Wood
December 30, 2020

This accessible primer on health psychology covers the key theories and models of the discipline. Through the use of real-life case studies and examples, it covers a broad range of topics related to the field of health psychology including: health promotion, risky health behaviour and health in ...

Metaphysics: The Basics

Metaphysics: The Basics

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

Michael Rea
December 30, 2020

Metaphysics: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to the philosophical study of some of the most important and foundational aspects of the world in which we live. Concerned with questions about existence, time, identity, change, and other basic elements of our common-sense and ...

Quakerism: The Basics

Quakerism: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Margery Post Abbott, Carl Abbott
December 15, 2020

Quakerism: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the history and diverse approaches and ideas associated with the Religious Society of Friends. This small religion incorporates a wide geographic spread and varied beliefs that range from evangelical Christians to non-theists. ...

Baha’i Faith: The Basics

Baha’i Faith: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Christopher Buck
November 27, 2020

Bahá’í Faith: The Basics provides a thorough and accessible introduction to a fascinating, independent world religion. Examining its historical development, current “community-building” efforts and the social contributions of the Bahá’í Faith in the world today, this introduction covers: • Beliefs:...

Human Thinking

Human Thinking

1st Edition

Forthcoming

S. Ian Robertson
November 24, 2020

Human Thinking: The Basics provides an essential introduction into how we develop thoughts, the types of reasoning we engage in, and how our thinking can be tailored by subconscious processing. Beginning with the fundamentals, the book examines the mental processes that shape our thoughts, the ...

British Politics The Basics

British Politics: The Basics

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

Bill Jones
November 04, 2020

Fully updated and expanded, the second edition of this still compact text on British politics expertly analyses the major changes in British political life, placing them revealingly within the context of the evolution of British society from absolute monarchy to representative democracy. The author...

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