Very Short Introductions - List of Books in The Series

List of Books in The Series

# Topic Author(s) UK publication date
001 Classics Mary Beard,
John Henderson
24 February 2000
(orig. 1995)
002 Music Nicholas Cook 24 February 2000
(orig. 1998)
003 Buddhism Damien Keown 24 February 2000
(orig. 1996)
004 Literary Theory

2nd Edition
Jonathan Culler 24 February 2000
(orig. 1997)
28 July 2011
005 Hinduism Kim Knott 24 February 2000
(orig. 1998)
006 Psychology Gillian Butler,
Freda McManus
24 February 2000
(orig. 1998)
007 Islam

2nd Edition
Malise Ruthven 24 February 2000
(orig. 1997)
26 January 2012
008 Politics Kenneth Minogue 24 February 2000
(orig. 1995)
009 Theology David F. Ford 24 February 2000
(orig. 1999)
010 Archaeology

Updated Edition
Paul Bahn
(illustrator: Bill Tidy)
24 February 2000
(orig. 1996)
30 August 2012
011 Judaism Norman Solomon 24 February 2000
(orig. 1996)
012 Sociology Steve Bruce 24 February 2000
(orig. 1999)
013 The Koran Michael Cook 24 February 2000
014 The Bible John Riches 24 February 2000
015 Social and Cultural Anthropology John Monaghan,
Peter Just
24 February 2000
016 History John H. Arnold 24 February 2000
017 Roman Britain Peter Salway 10 August 2000
(orig. chapter from The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, 1984)
018 The Anglo-Saxon Age John Blair 10 August 2000
(orig. chapter from The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, 1984)
019 Medieval Britain John Gillingham,
Ralph A. Griffiths
10 August 2000
(orig. chapters from The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, 1984)
020 The Tudors John Guy 10 August 2000
(orig. chapter from The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, 1984)
021 Stuart Britain John Morrill 10 August 2000
(orig. chapter from The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, 1984)
022 Eighteenth-Century Britain Paul Langford 10 August 2000
(orig. chapter from The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, 1984)
023 Nineteenth-Century Britain Christopher Harvie,
H. C. G. Matthew
10 August 2000
(orig. chapters from The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, 1984)
024 Twentieth-Century Britain Kenneth O. Morgan 10 August 2000
(orig. chapter from The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, 1984)
025 Heidegger Michael Inwood 12 October 2000
(orig. Past Masters series, 1997)
026 Ancient Philosophy Julia Annas 12 October 2000
027 Socrates C. C. W. Taylor 12 October 2000
(orig. Past Masters series, 1998)
028 Marx Peter Singer 12 October 2000
(orig. Past Masters series, 1980)
029 Logic Graham Priest 12 October 2000
030 Descartes Tom Sorell 12 October 2000
(orig. Past Masters series, 1987)
031 Machiavelli Quentin Skinner 12 October 2000
(orig. Past Masters series, 1981)
032 Aristotle Jonathan Barnes 12 October 2000
(orig. Past Masters series, 1982)
033 Hume A. J. Ayer 12 October 2000
(orig. Past Masters series, 1980)
034 Nietzsche Michael Tanner 19 October 2000
(orig. Past Masters series, 1987)
035 Darwin Jonathan Howard 22 February 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1982)
036 The European Union
2nd Edition
John Pinder,
Simon Usherwood
22 February 2001
13 December 2007
037 Gandhi Bhikhu Parekh 22 February 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1997)
038 Augustine Henry Chadwick 22 February 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1986)
039 Intelligence Ian J. Deary 22 February 2001
040 Jung Anthony Stevens 22 February 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1994)
041 The Buddha Michael Carrithers 22 February 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1983)
042 Paul E. P. Sanders 22 February 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1991)
043 Continental Philosophy Simon Critchley 22 February 2001
044 Galileo Stillman Drake 22 February 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1980)
045 Freud Anthony Storr 22 February 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1989)
046 Wittgenstein A. C. Grayling 22 February 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1988)
047 Indian Philosophy Sue Hamilton 22 February 2001
(orig. non-VSI, 2000)
048 Rousseau Robert Wokler 23 August 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1995)
049 Hegel Peter Singer 23 August 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1983)
050 Kant Roger Scruton 23 August 2001
(orig. Past Masters series, 1982)
051 Cosmology Peter Coles 23 August 2001
052 Drugs Leslie Iversen 23 August 2001
053 Russian Literature Catriona Kelly 23 August 2001
054 The French Revolution William Doyle 23 August 2001
055 Philosophy Edward Craig 21 February 2002
(orig. non-VSI, 2002)
056 Barthes Jonathan Culler 21 February 2002
(orig. Modern Masters series, Fontana Press, 1983)
057 Animal Rights David DeGrazia 21 February 2002
058 Kierkegaard Patrick Gardiner 21 February 2002
(orig. Past Masters series, 1988)
059 Russell A. C. Grayling 21 February 2002
(orig. Past Masters series, 1996)
060 Shakespeare Germaine Greer 21 February 2002
(orig. Past Masters series, 1986)
061 Clausewitz Michael Howard 21 February 2002
(orig. Past Masters series, 1983)
062 Schopenhauer Christopher Janaway 21 February 2002
(orig. Past Masters series, 1994)
063 The Russian Revolution S. A. Smith 21 February 2002
064 Hobbes Richard Tuck 30 May 2002
(orig. Past Masters series, 1989)
065 World Music Philip V. Bohlman 30 May 2002
066 Mathematics Timothy Gowers 22 August 2002
067 Philosophy of Science Samir Okasha 30 May 2002
068 Cryptography Fred Piper,
Sean Murphy
30 May 2002
069 Quantum Theory John Polkinghorne 30 May 2002
070 Spinoza Roger Scruton 30 May 2002
(orig. Past Masters series, 1986)
071 Choice Theory Michael Allingham 22 August 2002
072 Architecture Andrew Ballantyne 22 August 2002
073 Poststructuralism Catherine Belsey 22 August 2002
074 Postmodernism Christopher Butler 10 October 2002
075 Democracy Bernard Crick 10 October 2002
076 Empire Stephen Howe 22 August 2002
077 Fascism Kevin Passmore 22 August 2002
078 Terrorism
2nd Edition
Charles Townshend 10 October 2002
8 September 2011
079 Plato Julia Annas 13 February 2003
080 Ethics Simon Blackburn 8 May 2003
(orig. Being Good: An Introduction to Ethics, 2001, rev. 2003)
081 Emotion Dylan Evans 13 February 2003
(orig. Emotion: The Science of Sentiment, 2001)
082 Northern Ireland Marc Mulholland 23 January 2003
(orig. The Longest War: Northern Ireland's Troubled History, 2002)
083 Art Theory Cynthia Freeland 13 February 2003
(orig. But Is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory, 2001)
084 Locke John Dunn 8 May 2003
(orig. Past Masters series, 1984)
085 Modern Ireland Senia Paseta 27 March 2003
086 Globalization
2nd Edition
Manfred B. Steger 27 March 2003
22 January 2009
087 The Cold War Robert J. McMahon 27 March 2003
088 The History of Astronomy Michael Hoskin 8 May 2003
089 Schizophrenia Chris Frith,
Eve C. Johnstone
22 May 2003
090 The Earth Martin Redfern 26 June 2003
091 Engels Terrel Carver 22 May 2003
(orig. Past Masters series, 1981)
092 British Politics Tony Wright 22 May 2003
093 Linguistics P. H. Matthews 24 April 2003
094 The Celts Barry Cunliffe 26 June 2003
095 Ideology Michael Freeden 26 June 2003
096 Prehistory Chris Gosden 26 June 2003
097 Political Philosophy David Miller 26 June 2003
098 Postcolonialism Robert J.C. Young 26 June 2003
099 Atheism Julian Baggini 26 June 2003
100 Evolution Brian Charlesworth,
Deborah Charlesworth
26 June 2003
101 Molecules Phillip Ball 27 November 2003
(orig. Stories of the Invisible: A Guided Tour of Molecules, 2001)
102 Art History Dana Arnold 22 January 2004
103 Presocratic Philosophy Catherine Osborne 22 April 2004
104 The Elements Phillip Ball 8 April 2004
(orig. The Ingredients: A Guided Tour of the Elements, 2002)
105 Dada and Surrealism David Hopkins 8 April 2004
106 Egyptian Myth Geraldine Pinch 22 April 2004
107 Christian Art Beth Williamson 24 June 2004
108 Capitalism James Fulcher 13 May 2004
109 Particle Physics Frank Close 13 May 2004
110 Free Will Thomas Pink 24 June 2004
111 Myth Robert A. Segal 8 July 2004
112 Ancient Egypt Ian Shaw 22 July 2004
113 Hieroglyphs Penelope Wilson 12 August 2004
(orig. Sacred Signs: Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt, 2003)
114 Medical Ethics Tony Hope 23 September 2004
115 Kafka Ritchie Robertson 28 October 2004
116 Anarchism Colin Ward 21 October 2004
117 Ancient Warfare Harry Sidebottom 25 November 2004
118 Global Warming
2nd Edition
Mark Maslin 25 November 2004
27 November 2008
119 Christianity Linda Woodhead 25 November 2004
120 Modern Art David Cottington 24 February 2005
121 Consciousness Susan Blackmore 24 March 2005
122 Foucault Gary Gutting 24 March 2005
123 The Spanish Civil War Helen Graham 24 March 2005
124 The Marquis de Sade John Phillips 28 July 2005
125 Habermas Gordon Finlayson 26 May 2005
126 Socialism Michael Newman 28 July 2005
127 Dreaming J. Allan Hobson 21 April 2005
(orig. Dreaming: An Introduction to the Science of Sleep, 2002)
128 Dinosaurs David Norman 28 July 2005
129 Renaissance Art Geraldine A. Johnson 21 April 2005
130 Buddhist Ethics Damien Keown 23 June 2005
131 Tragedy Adrian Poole 11 August 2005
132 Sikhism Eleanor Nesbitt 22 September 2005
133 The History of Time Leofranc Holford-Strevens 11 August 2005
134 Nationalism Steven Grosby 8 September 2005
135 The World Trade Organization Amrita Narlikar 8 September 2005
136 Design John Heskett 23 June 2005
(orig. Toothpicks and Logos: Design in Everyday Life, 2002)
137 The Vikings Julian D. Richards 8 September 2005
138 Fossils Keith Thomson 13 October 2005
139 Journalism Ian Hargreaves 15 September 2005
(orig. Journalism: Truth or Dare?, 2003)
140 The Crusades Christopher Tyerman 13 October 2005
(orig. Fighting for Christendom: Holy War and the Crusades, 2004)
141 Feminism Margaret Walters 27 October 2005
142 Human Evolution Bernard Wood 3 November 2005
143 The Dead Sea Scrolls Timothy Lim 24 November 2005
144 The Brain Michael O'Shea 8 December 2005
145 Global Catastrophes Bill McGuire 26 January 2006
(orig. A Guide to the End of the World: Everything You Never Wanted to Know, 2002)
146 Contemporary Art Julian Stallabrass 23 March 2006
(orig. Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art, 2004)
147 Philosophy of Law Raymond Wacks 18 May 2006
148 The Renaissance Jerry Brotton 27 April 2006
(orig. The Renaissance Bazaar: From the Silk Road to Michelangelo, 2002)
149 Anglicanism Mark Chapman 22 June 2006
150 The Roman Empire Christopher Kelly 24 August 2006
151 Photography Steven Edwards 24 August 2006
152 Psychiatry Tom Burns 21 September 2006
153 Existentialism Thomas Flynn 12 October 2006
154 The First World War Michael Howard 25 January 2007
(orig. non-VSI, 2002)
155 Fundamentalism Malise Ruthven 25 January 2007
(orig. Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning, 2004)
156 Economics Partha Dasgupta 22 February 2007
157 International Migration Khalid Koser 22 February 2007
158 Newton Rob Iliffe 25 January 2007
159 Chaos Lenny Smith 22 February 2007
160 African History John Parker,
Richard Pathbone
22 March 2007
161 Racism Ali Rattansi 22 March 2007
162 Kabbalah Joseph Dan 30 August 2007
(orig. non-VSI, 2006)
163 Human Rights Andrew Clapham 28 June 2007
164 International Relations Paul Wilkinson 26 July 2007
165 The American Presidency Charles O. Jones 11 October 2007
166 The Great Depression and New Deal Eric Rauchway 24 April 2008
167 Classical Mythology Helen Morales 23 August 2007
168 The New Testament as Literature Kyle Keefer 27 November 2008
169 American Political Parties and Elections L. Sandy Maisel 27 September 2007
170 Bestsellers John Sutherland 25 October 2007
171 Geopolitics Klaus Dodds 25 October 2007
172 Antisemitism Steven Beller 22 November 2007
173 Game Theory Ken Binmore 25 October 2007
174 HIV/AIDS Alan Whiteside 24 January 2008
175 Documentary Film Patricia Aufderheide 24 January 2008
176 Modern China Rana Mitter 28 February 2008
177 The Quakers Pink Dandelion 28 February 2008
178 German Literature Nicholas Boyle 28 February 2008
179 Nuclear Weapons Joseph M. Siracusa 20 March 2008
180 Law Raymond Wacks 27 March 2008
181 The Old Testament Michael Coogan 22 May 2008
182 Galaxies John Gribbin 27 March 2008
183 Mormonism Richard Bushman 26 June 2008
184 Religion in America Timothy Beal 25 September 2008
185 Geography John A. Matthews,
David T. Herbert
22 May 2008
186 The Meaning of Life Terry Eagleton 24 April 2008
(orig. non-VSI, 2007)
187 Sexuality Veronique Mottier 24 April 2008
188 Nelson Mandela Elleke Boehmer 17 July 2008
189 Science and Religion Thomas Dixon 24 July 2008
190 Relativity Russell Stannard 24 July 2008
191 The History of Medicine William Bynum 31 July 2008
192 Citizenship Richard Bellamy 25 September 2008
193 The History of Life Michael J. Benton 27 November 2008
194 Memory Jonathan K. Foster 6 November 2008
195 Autism Uta Frith 23 October 2008
196 Statistics David J. Hand 23 October 2008
197 Scotland Rab Houston 27 November 2008
198 Catholicism Gerald O'Collins 27 November 2008
199 The United Nations Jussi M. Hanhimäki 30 October 2008
200 Free Speech Nigel Warburton 26 February 2009
201 The Apocryphal Gospels Paul Foster 26 February 2009
202 Modern Japan Christopher Goto-Jones 23 April 2009
203 Lincoln Allen C. Guelzo 26 February 2009
204 Superconductivity Stephen J. Blundell 28 May 2009
205 Nothing Frank Close 25 June 2009
(orig. The Void, 2007)
206 Biography Hermione Lee 9 July 2009
207 The Soviet Union Stephen Lovell 23 July 2009
208 Writing and Script Andrew Robinson 27 August 2009
209 Communism Leslie Holmes 27 August 2009
210 Fashion Rebecca Arnold 22 October 2009
211 Forensic Science Jim Fraser 25 February 2010
212 Puritanism Francis J. Bremer 24 September 2009
213 The Reformation Peter Marshall 22 October 2009
214 Thomas Aquinas Fergus Kerr 5 November 2009
215 Deserts Nick Middleton 26 November 2009
216 The Norman Conquest George Garnett 26 November 2009
217 Biblical Archaeology Eric H. Cline 26 November 2009
218 The Reagan Revolution Gil Troy 3 December 2009
219 The Book of Mormon Terryl Givens 21 January 2010
220 Islamic History Adam J. Silverstein 21 January 2010
221 Privacy Raymond Wacks 21 January 2010
222 Neoliberalism Manfred Steger,
Ravi K. Roy
21 January 2010
223 Progressivism Walter Nugent 25 February 2010
224 Epidemiology Rodolfo Saracci 25 February 2010
225 Information Luciano Floridi 25 February 2010
226 The Laws of Thermodynamics Peter Atkins 25 March 2010
(orig. Four Laws That Drive the Universe, 2007)
227 Innovation Mark Dodgson,
David Gann
25 March 2010
228 Witchcraft Malcolm Gaskill 25 March 2010
229 The New Testament Luke Timothy Johnson 22 April 2010
230 French Literature John D. Lyons 22 April 2010
231 Film Music Kathryn Kalinak 27 May 2010
232 Druids Barry Cunliffe 27 May 2010
233 German Philosophy Andrew Bowie 27 May 2010
234 Advertising Winston Fletcher 24 June 2010
235 Forensic Psychology David Canter 17 June 2010
236 Modernism Christopher Butler 29 July 2010
237 Leadership Keith Grint 29 July 2010
238 Christian Ethics D. Stephen Long 29 July 2010
239 Tocqueville Harvey Mansfield 24 June 2010
240 Landscapes and Geomorphology Andrew Goudie,
Heather Viles
26 August 2010
241 Spanish Literature Jo Labanyi 26 August 2010
242 Diplomacy Joseph M. Siracusa 26 August 2010
243 North American Indians Theda Perdue,
Michael D. Green
26 August 2010
244 The U.S. Congress Donald Ritchie 10 June 2010
245 Romanticism Michael Ferber 23 September 2010
246 Utopianism Lyman Tower Sargent 23 September 2010
247 The Blues Elijah Wald 24 June 2010
248 Keynes Robert Skidelsky 7 October 2010
249 English Literature Jonathan Bate 7 October 2010
250 Agnosticism Robin LePoidevin 28 October 2010
251 Aristocracy William Doyle 25 November 2010
252 Martin Luther Scott H. Hendrix 21 October 2010
253 Michael Faraday Frank A.J.L. James 25 November 2010
254 Planets David A. Rothery 25 November 2010
255 Pentecostalism William K. Kay 27 January 2011
256 Humanism Stephen Law 27 January 2011
257 Folk Music Mark Slobin 24 February 2011
258 Late Antiquity Gillian Clark 24 February 2011
259 Genius Andrew Robinson 24 February 2011
260 Numbers Peter M. Higgins 24 February 2011
261 Muhammad Jonathan A.C. Brown 24 March 2011
262 Beauty Roger Scruton 24 March 2011
(orig. non-VSI, 2009)
263 Organizations Mary Jo Hatch 24 March 2011
264 The Scientific Revolution Lawrence M. Principe 28 April 2011
265 Critical Theory Stephen Eric Bronner 5 May 2011
266 Cancer Nick James 26 May 2011
267 Risk Baruch Fischhoff,
John Kadvany
26 May 2011
268 Nuclear Power Maxwell Irvine 26 May 2011
269 Paganism Owen Davies 26 May 2011
270 Early Music Thomas Forrest Kelly 9 June 2011
271 Science Fiction David Seed 23 June 2011
272 Herodotus Jennifer T. Roberts 23 June 2011
273 Conscience Paul Strohm 23 June 2011
274 American Immigration David A. Gerber 23 June 2011
275 Jesus Richard Bauckham 28 July 2011
276 Viruses Dorothy H. Crawford 28 July 2011
277 Protestantism Mark A. Noll 25 August 2011
278 Derrida Simon Glendinning 25 August 2011
279 Madness Andrew T. Scull 25 August 2011
280 Developmental Biology Lewis Wolpert 25 August 2011
281 Dictionaries Lynda Mugglestone 18 August 2011
282 Global Economic History Robert C. Allen 15 September 2011
283 Multiculturalism Ali Rattansi 22 September 2011
284 Environmental Economics Stephen Smith 22 September 2011
285 The Cell Terence Allen,
Graham Cowling
29 September 2011
286 Ancient Greece Paul Cartledge 27 October 2011
287 Angels David Albert Jones 27 October 2011
288 Children's Literature Kimberley Reynolds 6 October 2011
289 The Periodic Table Eric R. Scerri 27 October 2011
290 Modern France Vanessa R. Schwartz 27 October 2011
291 Reality Jan Westerhoff 24 November 2011
292 The Computer Darrel Ince 24 November 2011
293 The Animal Kingdom Peter Holland 24 November 2011
294 Colonial Latin American Literature Rolena Adorno 24 November 2011
295 Sleep Steven W. Lockley,
Russell G. Foster
22 March 2012
296 The Aztecs David Carrasco 26 January 2012
297 The Cultural Revolution Richard Curt Kraus 26 January 2012
298 Modern Latin American Literature Roberto González Echevarría 26 January 2012
299 Magic Owen Davies 26 January 2012
300 Film Michael Wood 26 January 2012
301 The Conquistadors Matthew Restall,
Felipe Fernández-Armesto
23 February 2012
302 Chinese Literature Sabina Knight 23 February 2012
303 Stem Cells Jonathan Slack 23 February 2012
304 Italian Literature Peter Hainsworth,
David Robey
23 February 2012
305 The History of Mathematics Jacqueline Stedall 23 February 2012
306 The U.S. Supreme Court Linda Greenhouse 22 March 2012
307 Plague Paul Slack 22 March 2012
308 Russian History Geoffrey Hosking 29 March 2012
309 Engineering David Blockley 22 March 2012
310 Probability John Haigh 26 April 2012
311 Rivers Nick Middleton 26 April 2012
312 Plants Timothy Walker 26 April 2012
313 Anaesthesia Aidan O'Donnell 26 April 2012
314 The Mongols Morris Rossabi 26 April 2012
315 The Devil Darren Oldridge 31 May 2012
316 Objectivity Stephen Gaukroger 24 May 2012
317 Magnetism Stephen J. Blundell 28 June 2012
318 Anxiety Daniel Freeman,
Jason Freeman
31 May 2012
319 Australia Kenneth Morgan 31 May 2012
320 Languages Stephen Anderson 28 June 2012
321 Magna Carta Nicholas Vincent 28 June 2012
322 Stars Andrew King 26 July 2012
323 The Antarctic Klaus Dodds 26 July 2012
324 Radioactivity Claudio Tuniz 26 July 2012
325 Trust Katherine Hawley 23 August 2012
326 Metaphysics Stephen Mumford 30 August 2012
327 The Roman Republic David M. Gwynn 30 August 2012
328 Borders Alexander C. Diener,
Joshua Hagen
27 September 2012
329 The Gothic Nick Groom 27 September 2012
330 Robotics Alan Winfield 27 September 2012
331 Civil Engineering David Muir Wood 27 September 2012
332 The Orchestra D. Kern Holoman 25 October 2012
333 Governance Mark Bevir 25 October 2012
334 American History Paul S. Boyer 9 August 2012
337 Work Stephen Fineman 29 November 2012
Networks Guido Caldarelli,
Michele Catanzaro
25 October 2012
Colonial America Alan Taylor 29 November 2012
Martyrdom Jolyon Mitchell 29 November 2012
Spirituality Philip Sheldrake 29 November 2012

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