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Scotland: A History

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Scottish history has long been dominated by the romantic tales of Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. But the explosion of serious historical research in the last half-century has fueled a keen desire for a better-informed and more satisfying understanding of the Scottish past.
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Hardcover, 380 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 12th 2005)
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Aug 10, 2010 Briynne rated it liked it
When it comes to European history, I like to think of myself as something of a gentleman enthusiast (well, so to speak, anyway). I briefly flirted with the idea of becoming an actual MA-bearing historian, but I think I’m probably more suited my current amateur role; I can claim enthusiasm for the subject, but only need pursue it when I can be bothered to do so. I really enjoyed this collection of essays on Scottish history, and had a lovely time counting how many more times my family name came u ...more
Cary Kostka
Jun 20, 2016 Cary Kostka rated it it was amazing
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This history of Scotland proved to be a very in depth look into the history of this nation. The author did a great job at keeping the book flowing while presenting the reader with an abundance of information. Her conclusions in the end were presented well and were accurately proven out within the text of the book. Job well done.
Lauren Albert
Jun 26, 2013 Lauren Albert rated it really liked it
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I did this book a disservice by dragging out my reading of it over a long period of time so that my recollections are fuzzy. The book is a good introduction, though. Each chronological section is written by an expert in the period. One thing that did stand out was the next to last chapter on the Scottish diaspora. I found this very interesting (who knew that Poland had had a largish Scottish immigrant population—before 1650 around 30-40,000 Scots had made their way there?)
Jul 30, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
Collection of historical essays from origins to Scottish Diaspora. Some better than others. Highlights are the diaspora chapter. Relatively standard history.
Jan 06, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
I've been in love with the culture for years, and reading a History book wasn't as boring as I thought
Sep 23, 2011 Mishka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Perfect. <3
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