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Scotland: A New History

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From Bannockburn and Robert the Bruce to the union of the crowns and Mary, Queen of Scots; from the Reformation and John Knox, to the Enlightenment and the Highland Clearances, and right up to devolution, Scotland is the definitive history of a country that has experienced centuries of dramatic change.

Michael Lynch, named as 'one of the most influential historians in Scotl
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Paperback, 506 pages
Published October 8th 1992 by Pimlico (first published 1991)
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Lars Brownworth
Apr 07, 2011 Lars Brownworth rated it liked it
This book is packed with detail and I imagine it would be excellent for someone who was already familiar with Scottish history. It assumes at times a detailed knowledge of the political and social landscape- referencing battles or the reputations of kings/nobles with no explanation as if the reader is already well aware of them. I found this somewhat annoying as I was hoping to read a 'big picture' history that would familiarize me with the basics of Scottish history. I don't mind detail- in fac ...more
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May 26, 2015 Bob rated it liked it
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Scotland: A New History by Michael Lynch, London: Pimlico, 1992

Summary: This one volume work provides a comprehensive overview of the history of Scotland from the Roman invasions, through the kingdoms of the Picts, the Wars of Independence, the rise of the House of Stewart, the Treaty of Union in 1707, the commercial and intellectual zenith of Scotland in the late 18th/early 19th century and its continued efforts to define its relation with the U.K down to the time of writing in 1992.

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Speesh
Aug 09, 2011 Speesh rated it liked it
It was perhaps a mistake on my part to try and read this one all in one go, like it was a novel. A novel it most certainly isn’t and I can’t blame the author for that, it’s my mistake to think of it as such.

It’s clear, as the book develops, that it is intended as a work of reference and, whilst for me the beginning few sections at least, do seem to be intended to read like a sequential story, later sections are organised such that it becomes very difficult to read as if it was a historical novel
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Marie
Aug 07, 2014 Marie rated it it was amazing
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I have always been interested in Scottish History. When a course was offered at our local Community College I jumped at the chance. This is the book we used as a textbook. It's a great book! It's loaded with information about the wars, the heroes, the strife and struggle of a country who just wanted to be left on their own.

When going through this book it's best not to try to absorb more than two chapters at a time. It also helps to use a timeline and separate information by ruler, battle, or ti
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Richard Thomas
Dec 16, 2014 Richard Thomas rated it it was amazing
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A good introduction to Scottish history. Inevitably some of the earliest work has been overtaken by more recent scholarship but that is a trivial carp.
Brad Harris
Oct 03, 2015 Brad Harris rated it really liked it
very detailed with lots of information on the history of Scotland
Lord_Humungus
Mar 13, 2016 Lord_Humungus marked it as abandoned-forever
Horrible.
A ponderous read, quite badly organized, that assumes the reader is already familiar with the Geography, History and Language of Scotland. Imagine an old and ineffectual professor giving a dull speech to his very specialized colleagues, for hours. Multiply it by three and you will get a sense of what this book is. Awful style.
Cody
Sep 21, 2008 Cody rated it it was ok
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Read this book prior to our trip to Scotland in June 2008. It is a very detailed history, but at times a little difficult to follow for someone new to the history of Scotland. It did help make our trip more enjoyable though. A great place to visit with a very interesting history.
Iain Watson
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