New Resources: Very Short Introductions

New to Schumann Library this fall: a collection of Very Short Introductions (VSI) books and ebooks from Oxford University Press.


stack of Very Short Introductions

You’ll find the curated set of of approximately 100 print books peppered throughout the library collection on a variety of topics to help get research started for papers or presentations. See the list of some of the print titles in the library collection.


We also subscribe to the entire ebook set of close to 500 Very Short Introductions.


From Oxford University Press:

Oxford’s Very Short Introductions offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects–from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History.

9780190458201From the Abstract: The American Presidency: A Very Short Introduction shows how assertive leaders such as Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, and FDR enhanced the power of the presidency, and how such factors as philosophy (Reagan’s anti-Communist conservatism), the legacy of previous presidencies (Jimmy Carter following Watergate), relations with Congress, and the impact of outside events have all influenced presidential authority. The Founders adopted the word president over governor and other alternatives because it suggested a light hand, as in one who presides, rather than rules. How are presidents selected? How has this changed over time? The expansion of executive powers amid the war on terrorism has brought the presidency to the center of heated public debate.