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10 academic books that changed the world


What is the future of academic publishing? We’re celebrating University Press Week (8-14 November 2015) and Academic Book Week (9-16 November) with a series of blog posts on scholarly publishing from staff and partner presses. Today, we present Oxford’s list of ten academic books that changed the world.

Oxford University Press has a rich publishing history which can be traced back to the earliest days of printing. The first book was printed in Oxford in 1478, just two years after Caxton set up the first printing press in England. Since 1478, Oxford University Press has published thousands of academic books that have changed the world. With the help of our colleagues, we pick our top ten.

Which academic book do you think had the biggest impact on the world? Let us know in the comments below.

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Recent Comments

  1. miz patel

    Reasons & Persons or The Selfish Gene for me . Both exceptional philosophically and contributed greatly to contemporary debate

  2. karl eysenbach

    Thomas Kuhn’s THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS has lived with me until today. It is one of the greatest works of social science.

  3. Adrew Powelll

    Surely, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman’s ‘ Manufacturing Consent’ should be in the Top Ten, at the very least??

  4. Geo Carroll

    From Oxford, Ted Gioia’s History of Jazz

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