Author(s): Siegfried Bosch
The aim of this work is to offer a concise and self-contained ‘lecture-style’ introduction to the theory of classical rigid geometry established by John Tate, together with the formal algebraic geometry approach launched by Michel Raynaud. These Lectures are now viewed commonly as an ideal means of learning advanced rigid geometry, regardless of the reader’s level of background. Despite its parsimonious style, the presentation illustrates a number of key facts even more extensively than any other previous work. This Lecture Notes Volume is a revised and slightly expanded version of a preprint that appeared in 2005 at the University of Mnster’s Collaborative Research Center "Geometrical Structures in Mathematics".