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The Basics


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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.

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Town Planning: The Basics

Town Planning: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Tony Hall
September 27, 2019

The planning of urban and rural areas requires thinking about where people will live, work, play, study, shop and how they will get about the place, and to devise strategies for long time periods. Town Planning: The Basics provides a general introduction to the components of urban areas, including...

Chaucer: The Basics

Chaucer: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jacqueline Tasioulas
August 19, 2019

Chaucer: The Basics is an accessible introduction to the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. It provides a clear critical analysis of the texts, while also providing some necessary background to key medieval ideas and the historical period in which he lived. Jacqueline Tasioulas gives a brief account of...

Education Research: The Basics

Education Research: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Michael Hammond, Jerry Wellington
July 15, 2019

Concise, engaging and accessible, Education Research: The Basics discusses key ideas about the nature and purpose of education research: what it can and cannot achieve, how it has been used in the past and where and how it has an impact. Providing crucial insight into the work of education...

The Holocaust: The Basics

The Holocaust: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Paul R. Bartrop
July 10, 2019

The Holocaust: The Basics is a concise introduction to the study of this seismic event in mid twentieth-century human history. The book takes an original approach as both a narrative and thematic introduction to the topict, and provides a core foundation for readers embarking upon their own study....

Women's Studies: The Basics

Women's Studies: The Basics

2nd Edition

Bonnie G. Smith
March 25, 2019

Women’s Studies: The Basics is an accessible introduction to the pathbreaking and cross-disciplinary study of women—past and present. Tracing the history of the field from its origins, this revised and updated text sets out the main topics making up the discipline, exploring its global development...

Financial Accounting: The Basics

Financial Accounting: The Basics

1st Edition

Ilias Basioudis
March 20, 2019

Understanding the basics of financial accounting can be a tricky task to master. This practical guidebook provides an overview of the fundamental principles in a jargon-free and simple format. Financial Accounting: The Basics provides concise overviews of the key financial accounting...

Forensic Psychology: The Basics

Forensic Psychology: The Basics

2nd Edition

Sandie Taylor
January 31, 2019

This edition of Forensic Psychology: The Basics continues to provide an essential and accessible overview of a dynamic and fascinating discipline. Providing an engaging introduction to the core topics within Forensic Psychology, the text combines a discussion of theory with information about the...

The Bible: The Basics

The Bible: The Basics

2nd Edition

John Barton
December 20, 2018

The Bible: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the Bible as both a sacred text, central to the faith of millions, and a classic work of Western literature, containing a tapestry of genres, voices, perspectives, and images. This guide skilfully addresses both aspects of the...

Emotion: The Basics

Emotion: The Basics

1st Edition

Michael Brady
December 19, 2018

While human beings might be rational animals, they are emotional animals as well. Emotions play a central role in all areas of our lives and if we are to have a proper understanding of human life and activity, we ought to have a good grasp of the emotions. Michael S. Brady structures Emotion: The...

Liberalism: The Basics

Liberalism: The Basics

1st Edition

John Charvet
November 29, 2018

Liberalism: The Basics is an engaging and accessible introduction to liberalism. The author provides a comprehensive overview of liberal practices, liberal values and critically analyses liberal theories, allowing for a richer understanding of liberalism as a whole. The book is divided into three...

C. G. Jung: The Basics

C. G. Jung: The Basics

1st Edition

Ruth Williams
November 20, 2018

C. G. Jung: The Basics is an accessible, concise introduction to the life and ideas of C. G. Jung for readers of all backgrounds, from those new to Jung’s work to those looking for a convenient reference. Ruth Williams eloquently and succinctly introduces the key concepts of Jungian theory and...

Social Psychology: The Basics

Social Psychology: The Basics

1st Edition

Daniel Frings
October 24, 2018

Social psychology explores some of the most important questions we face as people: how do we create and understand the social self? How does our 'social mind' influence the volition and content of thoughts and behaviour? How do we relate to other individuals and groups and the myriad forms and...

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