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Anarchism  A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Colin Ward
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2004-10-21

What do anarchists want? Can anarchy ever function effectively as a political force? Is anarchism more 'organized' and 'reasonable' than is currently perceived? Colin Ward explains what anarchism means and who anarchists are in this illuminating and accessible introduction to the subject.

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Anarchism  A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Colin Ward
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2004-10-21

The word 'anarchism' tends to conjure up images of aggressive protest against government, and - recently - of angry demonstrations against bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. But is anarchism inevitably linked with violent disorder? Do anarchists adhere to a coherent ideology? What exactly is

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Socialism  A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Michael Newman
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2005-07-28

What is socialism? Does it have a future, or has it become an outdated ideology in the 21st century? Michael Newman examines and explains the successes and failures of modern socialism by taking an international perspective — ranging from communism in Cuba to social democracy in Sweden. Discussing its evolution from

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African History  A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : John Parker,Richard Rathbone
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2007-03-22

Essential reading for anyone interested in the African continent and the diversity of human history, this Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented. Key themes in current thinking about Africa's history are illustrated with a range of fascinating

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Anarchy in Action
  • Author : Colin Ward
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1982

With chapters on the family, topless federations, schools, housing, crime, employment, welfare, deviancy, planning, and more, this is probably the best practical example of anarchist ideas in action. As he writes in his introduction "This book is not intended for people who had spent a lifetime pondering the problems of

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Utopianism  A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Lyman Tower Sargent
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2010-09-23

There are many debates about utopia - What constitutes a utopia? Are utopias benign or dangerous? Is the idea of utopianism essential to Christianity or heretical? What is the relationship between utopia and ideology? This Very Short Introduction explores these issues and examines utopianism and its history. Lyman Sargent discusses

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The Anarchists
  • Author : Irving Louis Horowitz
  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Release Date : 2005

The Anarchists is a rich collection of theories and practices in the words of those who have rebelled against the restrictive institutions and oppressive conditions imposed by state power upon the individual. Idealists and self-seekers, saints and assassins, they have often served as the conscience of the world and have

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The Government of No One
  • Author : Ruth Kinna
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2019-08-01

A magisterial study of the history and theory of one of the most controversial political movements Anarchism routinely gets a bad press. It's usually seen as meaning chaos and disorder -- or even nothing at all. And yet, from Occupy Wall Street to Pussy Riot, Noam Chomsky to David Graeber,

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Derrida  A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Simon Glendinning
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2011-08-25

Jacques Derrida, the French philosopher, developed his critical technique known as 'deconstruction'. His work is associated with ideas surrounding both post-structuralism and post-modern philosophy, and he was known to have challenged some of the unquestioned assumptions of our philosophical tradition. In this Very Short Introduction, Simon Glendinning explores both the

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Political Philosophy  A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : David Miller
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2003-06-26

This book introduces readers to the concepts of political philosophy. It starts by explaining why the subject is important and how it tackles basic ethical questions such as 'how should we live together in society?' It looks at political authority, the reasons why we need politics at all, the

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Communism  A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Leslie Holmes
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-08-27

The collapse of communism was one of the most defining moments of the twentieth century. This Very Short Introduction examines the history behind the political, economic, and social structures of communism as an ideology.

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History  A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : John Arnold
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2000-02-24

Starting with an examination of how historians work, this "Very Short Introduction" aims to explore history in a general, pithy, and accessible manner, rather than to delve into specific periods.

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The Spanish Civil War  A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Helen Graham
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2005-03-24

This Very Short Introduction offers a powerfully-written explanation of the Spanish Civil war's complex origins and course, and explores its impact on a personal and international scale. It examines Spanish participation in European resistance movements during World War II and also the ongoing civil war waged politically, economically, judicially and

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Anaesthesia  A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Aidan O'Donnell
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2012-04-26

What do anaesthetists do? How does anaesthesia work? What are the risks? And how does the anaesthetist know if you are really asleep? Anaesthesia is a mysterious and sometimes threatening process. In this Very Short Introduction, Aidan O'Donnell takes the reader on a tour through the whole of the modern

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That Holy Anarchist
  • Author : Mark Van Steenwyk,Ched Myers
  • Publisher : Mark Van Steenwyk
  • Release Date : 2012-06-01

In That Holy Anarchist, Mark Van Steenwyk explores the relationship between Christianity and anarchism. The name of Jesus is invoked by those in power as well as those resisting that power. What were the politics of Jesus and how can they continue to inform us as we struggle for justice?

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