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A concise and original introduction to a wide range of subjects—from Business to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History—by the expert authors of the Very Short Introductions series. For wherever your curiosity may take you.

The Very Short Introductions Podcast Oxford University Press

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A concise and original introduction to a wide range of subjects—from Business to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History—by the expert authors of the Very Short Introductions series. For wherever your curiosity may take you.

    Abolitionism - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 52

    Abolitionism - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 52

    In this episode, Richard Newman introduces abolitionism, a global human rights movement during the 18th and 19th centuries aimed at ending slavery in the Atlantic world.

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    Richard S. Newman is Professor of History at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the author of The Transformation of American Abolitionism, Freedom’s Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers, and Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present.

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    Revolutions - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 51

    Revolutions - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 51

    In this episode, Jack A. Goldstone introduces revolutions, which, from 1789 in France to 2011 in Cairo, have shaken the world and dominate the popular imagination.

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    Jack A. Goldstone is Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor of Public Policy and Eminent Scholar, School of Public Policy, at George Mason University. He is the author of Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World.

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    Alexander the Great - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 50

    Alexander the Great - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 50

    In this episode, Hugh Bowden introduces Alexander the Great, a legendary figure whose legacy permeates modern culture but about whom we still have much to discover.

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    Hugh Bowden is is Professor of Ancient History at King’s College London. He is an internationally recognised expert on Alexander the Great, and also on religious experience in the Greek world. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Ancient Mystery Cults (*OUP). His books include Mystery Cults in the Ancient World (2010), and Classical Athens & the Delphic Oracle: Divination and Democracy (2005). He has also published many articles and book chapters on ancient Greek religion and on Alexander the Great.

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    Environmental Law - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 49

    Environmental Law - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 49

    In this episode, Elizabeth Fisher introduces environmental law, a wide-ranging area of law that can operate at both a local and global level and is an area of complexity and hard-fought cases.

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    Elizabeth Fisher is Professor of Environmental Law in the Faculty of Law and at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. She has won awards for both her teaching and her scholarship, and is General Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law.

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    Epicureanism - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 48

    Epicureanism - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 48

    In this episode, Catherine Wilson introduces Epicureanism, a school of thought based on the teachings of Epicurus, that promotes modest pleasure and a simple life—ideals that still hold relevance today.

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    Catherine Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at York University and a member of the Graduate Faculty of the City University of New York. She is the author of a number of books and articles on the history and philosophy of science and on the Epicurean influence on moral and political theory.

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    Violence - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 47

    Violence - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 47

    In this episode, Philip Dwyer introduces the difficult but important topic of violence and addresses the truth behind the claims that society is becoming less violent.

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    Philip Dwyer is Professor of History and the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence at the University of Newcastle. He has published widely on the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, including a three-volume biography of Napoleon.

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VSI Podcasts? Yes please!

I’ve loved and benefited much from Oxford’s VSI series of books. The notion of having internationally renowned experts introduce their specialties, in “layman’s terms,” in small little books (almost booklets) that are “Very Short Introductions” is brilliant. In keeping with that innovative publishing methodology, this podcast version has the authors of these books provide an audio summary in short little 5-10 minute podcasts. It’s a fascinating adaptation of the philosophy to a new medium.

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