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

  • Tourism Studies: The Basics

    By Pau Obrador Pons, Michael A Crang

    Tourism Studies: The Basics is an engaging, critical introduction to the essential theory and practice of tourism, how it started and how it has developed. Examining the major themes from a range of perspectives, this text answers key introductory questions including: What is tourism and who are…

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  • 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 modernism it guides the reader through the major approaches to the study of Modernism, outlining key debates, to answer such questions as…

    Paperback – 2016-11-01 
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  • 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 of the genre and the history of tragic theory. Integrating a discussion of texts, contexts and theory, it…

    Paperback – 2016-11-01 
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  • 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 – 2016-11-01 
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  • Gerontology: The Basics

    By Harry R Moody, Jennifer Sasser

    Gerontology: The Basics is a vibrant and compelling introduction to the human aging process. Examining the complex issues which surround the study of adult development and aging in a clear and accessible way, it introduces the reader to the socially constructed life-course stages of mid- and…

    Paperback – 2016-09-30 
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  • Folklore: The Basics

    By Simon 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 – 2016-09-27 
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  • 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 – 2016-08-31 
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  • 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 – 2016-07-22 
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  • 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 – 2016-07-11 
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  • 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 – 2016-07-06 
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  • 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 – 2016-05-31 
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  • 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 – 2016-05-18 
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  • 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

    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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  • British Politics: The Basics

    By Bill Jones

    Over the last two decades British politics has undergone a remarkable transformation. While some components of the system have been eroded, such as voter turnout and membership of the big parties, other parts have flourished, such as nationalist parties, the insurgent UKIP, as well as the new media…

    Paperback – 2015-12-08
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  • Narrative: The Basics

    By Bronwen Thomas

    Providing an up-to-date and accessible overview of the essentials of narrative theory, Narrative: The Basics guides the reader through the major approaches to the study of narrative, using contemporary examples from a wide range of narrative forms to answer key questions including: What is…

    Paperback – 2015-11-24
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  • The Bible and Literature: The Basics

    By Norman W. Jones

    The Bible and Literature: The Basics provides an interpretive framework for understanding the significance of biblical allusions in literature—even for readers who have little prior knowledge of the Bible. In doing so, it surveys the Bible’s influence on a broad range of English, American, and…

    Paperback – 2015-11-19
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  • Poetry: The Basics

    3rd Edition

    By Jeffrey Wainwright

    Now in its third edition Poetry: The Basics remains an engaging exploration of the world of poetry. Drawing on examples ranging from Chaucer to children's rhymes, Cole Porter to Carol Ann Duffy, and from around the English-speaking world, it shows how any reader can understand and gain more…

    Paperback – 2015-11-09
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  • Special Educational Needs and Disability: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Janice Wearmouth

    Special Educational Needs and Disability: The Basics has been fully updated in light of the 2014 Children and Families Act in England and now also includes a focus and discussion of legislation across the whole UK. Providing an engaging and complete overview, it examines the fundamental principles…

    Paperback – 2015-10-26
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  • Sport Management: The Basics

    By Rob Wilson, Mark Piekarz

    Sport Management: The Basics is an engaging and accessible introduction to sport management which considers a range of contemporary philosophical, social, cultural and political matters as they impact on this growing field. Drawing links between academic theory and practice, it explores the current…

    Paperback – 2015-09-24
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  • Capitalism: The Basics

    By David Coates

    The global economy is dominated by a powerful set of established and emerging capitalisms, from the long-standing capitalist economies of the West to the rising economies of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries. An understanding of capitalism is therefore fundamental to…

    Paperback – 2015-09-15
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  • Finance: The Basics

    3rd Edition

    By Erik Banks

    Now in its third edition, Finance: The Basics is a clear and practical introduction to the world of finance. It thoroughly explains essential financial statements, tools and concepts; fundamental financial instruments and transactions; and global financial participants, markets and systems. This…

    Paperback – 2015-08-03
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  • Forensic Psychology: The Basics

    By Sandie Taylor

    This text provides an engaging overview to the core topics within Forensic Psychology, guiding the reader through this exciting and popular discipline. Combining a discussion of theory with information about the role of a professional forensic psychologist, it addresses such key issues as:…

    Paperback – 2015-06-29
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  • Archaeology: The Basics

    3rd Edition

    By Clive Gamble

    Now in an updated third edition, Archaeology: The Basics provides a straightforward and engaging introduction to the world of Archaeology. This book answers key questions about how and why we practice archaeology and examines the theories and themes underpinning the subject. Fully updated, this new…

    Paperback – 2015-06-18
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  • Animal Ethics: The Basics

    By Tony Miligan

    Animal Ethics has long been a highly contested area with debates driven by unease about various forms of animal harm, from the use of animals in scientific research to the farming of animals for consumption. Animal Ethics: The Basics is an essential introduction to the key considerations…

    Paperback – 2015-06-12
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  • Christian Theology: The Basics

    By Murray Rae

    Christian Theology: The Basics is a concise introduction to the nature, tasks and central concerns of theology – the study of God within the Christian tradition. Providing a broad overview of the story that Christianity tells us about our human situation before God, this book will also seek to…

    Paperback – 2015-04-20
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  • Anthropology of Religion: The Basics

    By James S Bielo

    Anthropology of Religion: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introductory text organized around key issues that all anthropologists of religion face. This book uses a wide range of historical and ethnographic examples to address not only what is studied by anthropologists of religion, but how…

    Paperback – 2015-03-23
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  • Japan: The Basics

    By Christopher P. Hood

    Japan: The Basics, is an engaging introduction to the culture, society and the global positioning of Japan. Taking a fresh look at stereotypes associated with Japan, it provides a well-rounded introduction to a constantly evolving country. It addresses such questions as: • How do we go about…

    Paperback – 2014-11-18
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  • Food Ethics: The Basics

    By Ronald L. Sandler

    Food Ethics: The Basics is a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the ethical dimensions of the production and consumption of food. It offers an impartial exploration of the most prominent ethical questions relating to food and agriculture including: • Should we eat animals? • Are locally…

    Paperback – 2014-10-13
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  • Politics: The Basics

    5th Edition

    By Nigel Jackson, Stephen D Tansey

    Now in its fifth edition, Politics: The Basics explores the systems, movements and issues at the cutting edge of modern politics. A highly successful introduction to the world of politics, it offers clear and concise coverage of a range of issues and addresses fundamental questions such as: • Why…

    Paperback – 2014-09-22
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  • Genocide: The Basics

    By Paul R. Bartrop

    Genocide: The Basics is an engaging introduction to the study of a controversial and widely debated topic. This concise and comprehensive book explores key questions such as; how successful have efforts been in the prevention of genocide? How prevalent has genocide been throughout history? and how…

    Paperback – 2014-09-15
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  • Economics: The Basics

    3rd Edition

    By Tony Cleaver

    Now in its third edition, Economics: The Basics continues to provide an engaging and topical introduction to the key issues in contemporary economics. Fully updated to take into account the global recession, ongoing problems in Eurozone economies, changing patterns in world trade, housing and…

    Paperback – 2014-08-29
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  • Sustainability: The Basics

    By Peter Jacques

    Sustainability is concerned with the issues around the ongoing and mutual preservation of both society and the environment. It is a widely used term and supposed goal for many governments but it is also easily misunderstood. Sustainability: The Basics offers an accessible and interdisciplinary…

    Paperback – 2014-08-12
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  • Body Studies: The Basics

    By Niall Richardson, Adam Locks

    Consideration of the body as a subject for study has increased in recent years with new technologies, forms of modification, debates about obesity and issues of age being brought into focus by the media. Drawing on contemporary culture, Body Studies: The Basics introduces readers to the key…

    Paperback – 2014-07-15
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  • Christianity: The Basics

    By Bruce Chilton

    Christianity: The Basics is a compelling introduction to both the central pillars of the Christian faith and the rich and varied history of this most global of global religions. This book traces the development of Christianity through an exploration of some of the key beliefs, practices and…

    Paperback – 2014-07-10
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  • Sport Psychology: The Basics

    By David Tod

    Sport Psychology: The Basics provides an accessible introduction to the fundamental ideas at the heart of Sport Psychology today. It examines the links between sport participants’ behaviours, their personality and their environment to identify the factors which affect performance. Exploring theory…

    Paperback – 2014-05-29
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  • Greek History: The Basics

    By Robin Osborne

    Greek History: The Basics is a concise and compelling introduction to the study of Ancient Greece from the end of the Bronze Age to rule by Rome. With a chapter on each crucial period of Greece’s ancient history, the book covers the key topics, approaches and issues at the heart of Greek History,…

    Paperback – 2014-05-28
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  • Metaphysics: The Basics

    By Michael Rea

    Metaphysics: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to the philosophical study of the world and universe in which we live. Concerned with questions about reality, existence, time, identity and change, metaphysics has long fascinated people but to the uninitiated some of the issues and…

    Paperback – 2014-03-26
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  • Global Migration: The Basics

    By Bernadette Hanlon, Thomas J. Vicino

    Migration is a politically sensitive topic and an important aspect of contentious debates about social and cultural diversity, economic stability, terrorism, globalization, and nationalism. Global Migration: The Basics examines: history and geography of global migration the role of migrants in…

    Paperback – 2014-03-26
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  • Energy: The Basics

    By Harold Schobert

    People rarely stop to think about where the energy they use to power their everyday lives comes from and when they do it is often to ask a worried question: is mankind’s energy usage killing the planet? How do we deal with nuclear waste? What happens when the oil runs out? Energy: The Basics…

    Paperback – 2013-10-24
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  • Gender: The Basics

    By Hilary Lips

    Gender: The Basics is an engaging introduction which examines the impact of cultural, historical, biological, psychological and economic forces on qualities which have come to be defined as masculine or feminine. Highlighting that there is far more to gender than biological sex, it takes a global…

    Paperback – 2013-10-23
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  • Subcultures: The Basics

    By Ross Haenfler

    Subcultures: The Basics is an accessible, engaging introduction to youth cultures in a global context. Blending theory and practice to examine a range of subcultural movements including hip hop in Japan, global graffiti writing crews, heavy metal in Europe and straight edge movements in the USA,…

    Paperback – 2013-10-09
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  • Literary Theory: The Basics

    3rd Edition

    By Hans Bertens

    This third edition of Hans Bertens’ bestselling book is an essential guide to the often confusing and complicated world of literary theory. Exploring a broad range of topics from Marxist and feminist criticism to postmodernism and new historicism Literary Theory: The Basics covers contemporary…

    Paperback – 2013-10-09
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  • Public Relations: The Basics

    By Ron Smith

    Public Relations: The Basics is a highly readable introduction to one of the most exciting and fast-paced media industries. Both the practice and profession of public relations are explored and the focus is on those issues which will be most relevant to those new to the field: The four key…

    Paperback – 2013-08-06
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  • Theatre Studies: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Robert Leach

    Now in a second edition, Theatre Studies: The Basics is a fully updated guide to the wonderful world of theatre. The practical and theoretical dimensions of theatre – from acting to audience – are woven together throughout to provide an integrated introduction to the study of drama, theatre and…

    Paperback – 2013-07-15
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  • Film Studies: The Basics

    2nd Edition

    By Amy Villarejo

    Film Studies: The Basics is a compelling guide to the study of cinema in all its forms. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of recent scholarship, the latest developments in the industry and the explosive impact of new technologies. Core topics covered…

    Paperback – 2013-07-11
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  • Ancient Near East: The Basics

    By Daniel C. Snell

    Ancient Near East: The Basics surveys the history of the ancient Middle East from the invention of writing to Alexander the Great’s conquest. The book introduces both the physical and intellectual environment of those times, the struggles of state-building and empire construction, and the dissent…

    Paperback – 2013-06-17
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  • Bioethics: The Basics

    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 – 2013-05-24
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  • Women's Studies: The Basics

    By Bonnie G. Smith

    Women’s Studies: The Basics is an accessible introduction into the ever expanding and increasingly relevant field of studies focused on women. Tracing the history of the discipline from its origins, this text sets out the main agendas of women’s studies and feminism, exploring the global…

    Paperback – 2013-01-31
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