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A History of the Scottish People, 1560-1830

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By far the most stimulating, the most instructive and the most readable account of Scotch history that I have read ... this splendid work carries us from Knox to Neilson, from the hot gospel of Calvin to the hot-blast of the smelting process - and incidentally seeks to explain the change. For always, in following this lucid narrative, we see an original mind at work, quest ...more
Paperback, 540 pages
Published March 2nd 1998 by Fontana Press (first published 1972)
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Marguerite Kaye
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is not a book of facts. It requires you to have a reasonable knowledge of the basic history of the time, so it's not for someone interested in who fought who or who governed who. But if you want to know how the wars and the laws and the crown and the parliament affected the people of Scotland, then it's brilliant. Full of the kind of fascinating, horrible, funny and outrageous stories that make history both personal and memorable, it is really well structures, split into the eras before and ...more
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Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scottish-history
Read this out of interest in high school; years later, when I was a university student in Scotland, it was one of my first-year texts.
David Taylor
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is an incredible piece of writing on 300 years of Scottish History.
It is also strangely entertaining in places - a far cry from the dry expectations of such books.
Professor T.C. Smout did an extraordinary job. It should be in every Scottish school and University.
(The teaching of Scottish History was largely banned in many Scottish schools for decades).

It tells the truth, explodes myths and replaces them with tremendous insight.
A must read for any Scot, or people who have an interest i
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