Short Introduction to Religion
A Pocket Essential
This wide-ranging guide describes the origins and historical development of the sacred texts, beliefs and practices of great world religions including Buddhism, Hinduism and the Abrahamic faiths. Also featured are lesser-known belief systems, ranging from prehistoric rituals to new movements founded in the 20th century.
A Short History of Africa
From the Origins of the Human Race to the Arab Spring
This concise, readable book reviews the people, events and ideas that have shaped Africa's long history: Islam, the kingdoms of Ghana and Benin, colonialism, slavery, and the struggles of independence and its aftermath. Slightly off-mint.
Art Deco Fashion
Masterpieces of Art
After an account of the Art Deco style, its fashion designers and artists, and the lifestyle and look of the women who wore the clothes, Gordon Kerr presents a gallery of over 100 of the movement's best illustrations. The reproductions include fashion plates and other artworks by artists such as Georges Barbier, Tamara de Lempicka and, of course, Erté (Romain de Tirtoff). Masterpieces of Art series.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Masterpieces of Art
The 'best-known living architect in Europe' during his lifetime, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is still admired today as an innovative architect, craftsman, designer and artist. This volume from the Masterpieces of Art series presents Mackintosh's finest works as well as some lesser-known details and pieces by his wife and collaborator, Margaret Macdonald. After an illustrated introduction, the book contains colour photographs of around 90 examples, including buildings, tea rooms, watercolours and interiors.
A Short History of the Middle East
The Middle East has given rise to three great religions, but also to some of the world's most intractable conflicts. This succinct, accessible history charts its development from ancient Babylon and Egypt to the present day. It examines the impact of the Roman and Persian empires, the rise of Islam, the long years of Ottoman rule, the struggles of the 20th century and the growth of Islamic radicalism.