The Basics

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.

Reviews

‘A great introduction to each chosen subject.’ The Independent

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    Law: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Gary Slapper, David Kelly

    Paperback – 2018-11-05 
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    Work Psychology

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    By Catherine Steele, Laura Dean, Frances Cousans

    Paperback – 2018-11-01 
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  • World Comics: The Basics book cover

    World Comics

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    By Frederick Aldama

    World Comics: The Basics approaches the history of comic books as a global one, one that includes the physical transmigration of artists and their styles and worldviews from one place to another, and increasingly includes the active participation of creators and editors in the publishing and…

    Paperback – 2018-11-01 
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  • Religion and Science: The Basics book cover

    Religion and Science: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Philip Clayton

    Religion and science are arguably the two most powerful social forces in the world today. But where religion and science were once held to be compatible, many people now perceive them to be in conflict. This unique book provides the best available introduction to the burning debates in this…

    Paperback – 2018-10-05 
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  • Eastern Philosophy: The Basics book cover

    Eastern Philosophy: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Victoria S. Harrison

    Eastern Philosophy: The Basics is an essential introduction to major Indian and Chinese philosophies, both past and present. Exploring familiar metaphysical and ethical questions from the perspectives offered by a range of Eastern philosophies, including Confucianism, Daoism, the main Buddhist and…

    Paperback – 2018-09-18 
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  • Phenomenology: The Basics book cover

    Phenomenology: The Basics

    By Dan Zahavi

    Phenomenology: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to one of the dominant philosophical movements of the twentieth century. This lively and lucid book provides an introduction to the essential phenomenological concepts that are crucial for understanding great thinkers such as Husserl,…

    Paperback – 2018-09-10 
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  • Atheism: The Basics book cover

    Atheism: The Basics

    By Graham Oppy

    Atheism: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to belief in the non-existence of deities. Atheism has long fascinated people but debate around this controversial position may seem daunting. In this lively and lucid book, Graham Oppy addresses the following important questions: • What…

    Paperback – 2018-09-03 
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  • Archaeological Theory: The Basics book cover

    Archaeological Theory: The Basics

    By Bob Chapman

    Paperback – 2018-08-30 
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  • Special Educational Needs and Disability: The Basics book cover

    Special Educational Needs and Disability: The Basics

    3rd Edition

    By Janice Wearmouth

    Special Educational Needs and Disability: The Basics provides an engaging and comprehensive overview of special needs education in the UK. The third edition of this bestselling guide summarises relevant and proposed legislation and statutory guidance across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and…

    Paperback – 2018-08-30 
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  • Close Reading: The Basics book cover

    Close Reading: The Basics

    By David Greenham

    Close reading remains the most essential skill that Literature students continue to develop across the full length of their studies and this book is the ideal guide to the practice, providing a methodology that can be used for poetry, novels, drama, and beyond. Using classic works of Literature,…

    Paperback – 2018-08-13 
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  • Gender: The Basics: 2nd edition book cover

    Gender: The Basics

    2nd edition

    By Hilary Lips

    Gender: The Basics is an engaging introduction to the influence of cultural, historical, biological, psychological and economic forces on ways in which we have come to define and experience femininity and masculinity, and on the impact and importance of gender categories. Highlighting that there is…

    Paperback – 2018-08-09 
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  • Behavioral Economics: The Basics book cover

    Behavioral Economics

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    By Philip Corr, Anke Plagnol

    Behavioral economics is everywhere – whether used by governments to shape our judgement and decision making, advertisers and marketers to sell products, or even politicians to sell policies, its insights are important and far-reaching. Behavioral Economics: The Basics is the first book to provide…

    Paperback – 2018-07-05 
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  • Witchcraft: The Basics book cover

    Witchcraft: The Basics

    By Marion Gibson

    Witchcraft: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the scholarly study of witchcraft, exploring the phenomenon of witchcraft from its earliest definitions in the Middle Ages through to its resonances in the modern world. Through the use of two case studies, this book delves into…

    Paperback – 2018-06-21 
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  • Gerontology: The Basics book cover

    Gerontology: The Basics

    By Jennifer R. Sasser, Harry R. Moody

    Human aging is a complex, multi-faceted experience that unfolds over an entire lifetime. While human aging is universal, it is also wildly variable, shaped by individual, social, cultural, political, geographic and historical contexts. Gerontology: The basics explores the field of research,…

    Paperback – 2018-04-09
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  • Medieval Literature: The Basics book cover

    Medieval Literature: The Basics

    By Angela Jane Weisl, Anthony Joseph Cunder

    Medieval Literature: The Basics is an engaging introduction to this fascinating body of literature. The volume breaks down the variety of genres used in the corpus of medieval literature and makes these texts accessible to readers. It engages with the familiarities present in the narratives and…

    Paperback – 2018-03-20
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  • Social and Labour Market Policy: The Basics book cover

    Social and Labour Market Policy

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    By Bent Greve

    Social and Labour Market Policy: The Basics is an engaging and accessible introduction to the subject, which explores the broad historical, social and economic factors which have affected the differing types of social and labour market policies found in welfare states. Drawing links between social…

    Paperback – 2018-02-06
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  • Contemporary India: The Basics book cover

    Contemporary India: The Basics

    By Rekha Datta

    Contemporary India: The Basics provides readers with a clear and accessible guide through the richness, diversity and complexity of twenty-first century India. It explores the reality of the country’s cultural diversity which creates both harmony and tension. Covering issues the country faces both…

    Paperback – 2017-12-14
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  • Museum and Gallery Studies: The Basics book cover

    Museum and Gallery Studies

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    By Rhiannon Mason, Alistair Robinson, Emma Coffield

    Museum and Gallery Studies: The Basics is an accessible guide for the student approaching Museum and Gallery Studies for the first time. Taking a global view, it covers the key ideas, approaches and contentious issues in the field. Balancing theory and practice, the book address important questions…

    Paperback – 2017-12-01
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  • Melanie Klein: The Basics book cover

    Melanie Klein

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    By Robert D. Hinshelwood, Tomasz Fortuna

    Melanie Klein: The Basics provides an accessible and concise introduction to the life and work of Melanie Klein, whose discoveries advanced those of Freud and other analysts, deepening our insight into the unconscious domain of psychology in human beings. Klein began her work by developing a method…

    Paperback – 2017-11-07
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  • Sports Coaching: The Basics book cover

    Sports Coaching: The Basics

    By Laura Purdy

    Sports Coaching: The Basics is an engaging and provocative introduction to sports coaching which combines coaches’ views and experiences of their work with discussions and topical issues that feature in this fast-growing field. In doing so, coaches are placed at the centre of the discussions…

    Paperback – 2017-10-19
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  • Acting: The Basics book cover

    Acting: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Bella Merlin

    Now in a vibrantly revised second editon, Acting: The Basics remains a practical and theoretical guide to the world of the professional actor, which skilfully combines ideas from a range of practitioners and linking the academy to the industry. Retaining a balance between acting history, a…

    Paperback – 2017-10-09
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  • Translation: The Basics book cover

    Translation: The Basics

    By Juliane House

    Translation: The Basics is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the study of translation. Combining traditional text-based views with the context of translation in its widest sense, it presents an integrated approach to methodology in order to critically address influences such as power…

    Paperback – 2017-09-25
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  • Research Methods: The Basics: 2nd edition book cover

    Research Methods: The Basics

    2nd edition

    By Nicholas Walliman

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

    Paperback – 2017-09-08
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  • Disability: The Basics book cover

    Disability

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    By Tom Shakespeare

    Disability: The Basics is an engaging and accessible introduction to disability which explores the broad historical, social, environmental, economic and legal factors which affect the experiences of those living with an impairment or illness in contemporary society. The book explores key…

    Paperback – 2017-08-14
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  • Corporate Finance: The Basics book cover

    Corporate Finance: The Basics

    By Terence C.M. Tse

    Corporate Finance: The Basics is a concise introduction to the inner workings of finance at the company level. It aims to take the fear out of corporate finance and add the fun in, presenting the subject in a way that is simple to grasp and easy to digest. Its aim is to explain – and demystify –…

    Paperback – 2017-08-08
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  • Magic: The Basics book cover

    Magic: The Basics

    By Michael D. Bailey

    Magic: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to magic in world history and contemporary societies. Presenting magic as a global phenomenon which has manifested in all human cultures, this book takes a thematic approach which explores the historical, social, and cultural aspects of magic…

    Paperback – 2017-08-01
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  • Bioethics: The Basics book cover

    Bioethics: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Alastair V. Campbell

    Bioethics: The Basics is an introduction to the foundational principles, theories and issues in the study of medical and biological ethics. Readers are introduced to bioethics from the ground up before being invited to consider some of the most controversial but important questions facing us today.…

    Paperback – 2017-06-19
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  • Semiotics: The Basics book cover

    Semiotics: The Basics

    3rd Edition

    By Daniel Chandler

    This third edition of the bestselling textbook has been fully revised, continuing to provide a concise introduction to the key concepts of semiotics in accessible and jargon-free language.  Demystifying what is a complex, highly interdisciplinary field, key questions covered include:   What are…

    Paperback – 2017-06-09
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  • Internet Psychology: The Basics book cover

    Internet Psychology

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    By Yair Amichai-Hamburger

    We can't imagine our lives without the Internet. It is the tool of our existence; without it we couldn't work, plan our social and leisure activities, and interact with friends. The Internet’s influence on contemporary society extends across every aspect of our personal and professional lives, but…

    Paperback – 2017-06-06
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  • Discourse: The Basics book cover

    Discourse: The Basics

    By Angela Goddard, Neil Carey

    Humans are social animals and are constantly interacting with each other through conversation, written communication, symbols and other expressions . Discourse: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the analysis of those interactions and the many forms and meanings they can take.…

    Paperback – 2017-05-23
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  • Men and Masculinity: The Basics book cover

    Men and Masculinity: The Basics

    By Nigel Edley

    Men and Masculinity: The Basics is an accessible introduction to the academic study of masculinity which outlines the key ideas and most pressing issues concerning the field today. Providing readers with a framework for understanding these issues, it explores the ways that masculinity has been…

    Paperback – 2017-05-08
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  • Modernism: The Basics book cover

    Modernism: The Basics

    By Laura Winkiel

    Modernism: The Basics provides an accessible overview of the study of modernism in its global dimensions. Examining the key concepts, history and varied forms of the field, it guides the reader through the major approaches, outlining key debates, to answer such questions as: What is modernism?…

    Paperback – 2017-03-09
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  • International Trade: The Basics book cover

    International Trade

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    By Jessie Poon, David L. Rigby

    Trade impacts on the lives of all global citizens, influencing the range of commodities available for consumption and where those commodities are produced. Driven increasingly by market exchange, trade shapes the nature of work and how the costs and benefits of that work are distributed around the…

    Paperback – 2017-03-08
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  • Logic: The Basics book cover

    Logic: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Jc Beall, Shay Allen Logan

    Logic: The Basics is an accessible introduction to several core areas of logic. The first part of the book features a self-contained introduction to the standard topics in classical logic, such as: · mathematical preliminaries · propositional logic · quantified logic (first monadic, then polyadic)…

    Paperback – 2017-02-21
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  • World Theatre: The Basics book cover

    World Theatre

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    By E. J. Westlake

    World Theatre: The Basics presents a well-rounded introduction to non-Western theatre, exploring the history and current practice of theatrical traditions in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the non-English-speaking cultures of the Americas. Featuring a selection of case…

    Paperback – 2017-02-02
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  • Global Justice: The Basics book cover

    Global Justice: The Basics

    By Huw L. Williams, Carl Death

    Global Justice: The Basics is a straightforward and engaging introduction to the theoretical study and practice of global justice. It examines the key political themes and philosophical debates at the heart of the subject, providing a clear outline of the field and exploring: the history of its…

    Paperback – 2016-12-19
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  • Human Genetics: The Basics book cover

    Human Genetics: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Ricki Lewis

    Human genetics has blossomed from an obscure biological science and explanation for rare disorders to a field that is profoundly altering health care for everyone. This thoroughly updated new edition of Human Genetics: The Basics provides a concise background of gene structure and function through…

    Paperback – 2016-12-14
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  • Critical Thinking: The Basics book cover

    Critical Thinking: The Basics

    By Stuart Hanscomb

    Critical Thinking: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the field of critical thinking, drawing on philosophy, communication and psychology. Emphasising its relevance to decision making (in personal, professional and civic life), academic literacy and personal development, this…

    Paperback – 2016-11-29
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  • Mormonism: The Basics book cover

    Mormonism: The Basics

    By John Charles Duffy, David J Howlett

    Although often regarded as marginal or obscure, Mormonism is a significant American religious minority, numerically and politically. The successes and struggles of this U.S. born religion reveal much about how religion operates in U.S. society. Mormonism: The Basics introduces the teachings,…

    Paperback – 2016-11-01
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  • Tragedy: The Basics book cover

    Tragedy: The Basics

    By Sean McEvoy

    Tragedy: The Basics is an accessible and up-to-date introduction to dramatic tragedy. A comprehensive guide for anyone undertaking a study of the genre, it provides a chronological overview and history of tragic theory. Covering tragedy from the classics to the present day, it explains the…

    Paperback – 2016-11-01
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  • Religion in America: The Basics book cover

    Religion in America: The Basics

    By Michael Pasquier

    Religion in America: The Basics is a concise introduction to the historical development of religions in the United States. It is an invitation to explore the complex tapestry of religious beliefs and practices that shaped life in North America from the colonial encounters of the fifteenth century…

    Paperback – 2016-10-24
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  • Folklore: The Basics book cover

    Folklore: The Basics

    By Simon J. Bronner

    Folklore: The Basics is an engaging guide to the practice and interpretation of folklore. Taking examples from around the world, it explores the role of folklore in expressing fundamental human needs, desires, and anxieties that often are often not revealed through other means. Providing a clear…

    Paperback – 2016-09-22
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  • Criminology: The Basics book cover

    Criminology: The Basics

    3rd Edition

    By Sandra Walklate

    Criminology is a discipline that is constituted by its subject matter rather than being bound by an agreed set of concepts or way of thinking. This fully updated third edition of Criminology: The Basics is a lively and engaging guide to this compelling and complex subject. Topics covered include:…

    Paperback – 2016-09-15
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  • Ancient Egypt: The Basics book cover

    Ancient Egypt

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    By Donald P. Ryan

    Ancient Egypt: The Basics offers an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the history, archaeology and influence of this fascinating civilization. Coverage includes: A survey of Egyptian history from its earliest origins to the coming of Islam Life and death in ancient Egypt Key…

    Paperback – 2016-07-28
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  • The Qur'an: The Basics book cover

    The Qur'an

    The Basics, 2nd Edition

    By Massimo Campanini

    This second edition of a popular introduction to the Qur’an includes an essential updated reference guide, including a chronology of the revelation, links to internet resources, and suggestions for further reading. Exploring the Qur'an's reception through history, its key teachings, and its place…

    Paperback – 2016-07-05
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  • Roman Catholicism: The Basics book cover

    Roman Catholicism: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Michael Walsh

    From the most basic terms to the structures and practices of the Church, this book offers a plain-speaking introduction to Roman Catholicism. Now in a second edition, it contains new sections on relations with other faiths, coverage of recent controversies in the Church and an expanded section on…

    Paperback – 2016-06-28
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  • Sociology: The Basics book cover

    Sociology: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Ken Plummer

    A lively, accessible and comprehensive introduction to the diverse ways of thinking about social life, Sociology: The Basics (second edition) examines: The scope, history and purpose of sociology. Ways of understanding society and ‘the social’. The state of the world we live in today. Suffering…

    Paperback – 2016-06-16
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  • Classical Mythology: The Basics book cover

    Classical Mythology: The Basics

    By Richard Martin

    This is an engaging introduction which explores the latest thinking about Classical mythology, the history of interpreting myths and the role of myths in cultural tradition, from painting to opera, philosophy, politics, drama, and religion in the modern day. It answers such questions as what are…

    Paperback – 2016-05-10
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  • Literary Analysis: The Basics book cover

    Literary Analysis: The Basics

    By Celena Kusch

    Literary Analysis: The Basics is an insightful introduction to analysing a wide range of literary forms. Providing a clear outline of the methodologies employed in twenty-first century literary analysis, it introduces readers to the genres, canons, terms, issues, critical approaches, and contexts…

    Paperback – 2016-03-10
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  • Film Theory: The Basics book cover

    Film Theory: The Basics

    By Kevin McDonald

    Film Theory: The Basics provides an accessible introduction to the key theorists, concepts, and debates that have shaped the study of moving images. It examines film theory from its emergence in the early twentieth century to its study in the present day, and explores why film has drawn special…

    Paperback – 2016-02-22
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