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on 18 July 2017
The Very Short Introductions are a major educational resource. There are presently over 500 small books covering a very wide range of subjects. Although short, the Introductions are substantial in content. Everyone would benefit from reading these books to broaden their knowledge and understanding in diverse areas of life. Perseverance with some subjects may be required but be prepared to be surprised, enlightened and enriched.
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on 18 March 2012
The word it missed out was 'excellent' - this is 'a very short excellent introduction', a very well thought out and explained journey through the vagaries of numbers of artists, making sense of their differing efforts, aims, successes or failures.

In short, a wonderful example of the successful herding of cats. Thorough, well researched, really interesting, highly recommended.
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on 12 December 2010
"A very short introduction" is the correct description! The book is short and sweet, offering a brief overview of the key ideas, themes and writers/artists etc. of the movement. Don't expect anything too in depth but it's a very good starting point.
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on 9 December 2014
David Hopkins does a good job of drawing out the essential lines of a history of Dada and Surrealism. It is a tough job because the two movements have such obvious crossovers and are yet so widely different. It is good that Hopkins does not shy away from talking about the legacy of each movement and has the generosity to treat his principle speakers fairly: even though André Breton, for example, appears as a noxious person you would never want to meet, Hopkins gives him the benefit of the doubt.
I find that I am more interested in Tristan Tzara and Kurt Schwitters than any of the others.
And decidedly unimpressed with Surrealist sex!
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on 18 February 2012
Very in-depth but still the point. Not to boring which is a massive plus! Really good to cite for research and essays. In short exactly what it says on the cover, very handy little book for the arts based student!
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on 22 July 2016
This a great egg cup of a kipper. The best short guide to the subject going. I would write more but the national aardvark needs wawing.
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