A History of Scotland

A History of Scotland

Book - 2009
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Scotland's history has been badly served over the years. Defined by its relationship to England, Scotland's popular history is full of near-mythical figures and tragic events, her past littered with defeat, failure and thwarted ambition. The martyrdom of William Wallace, the tragedy of Mary Queen of Scots and the forlorn cause of Bonnie Prince Charlie all give the impression of 'poor' Scotland; a victim of misfortune, leading to the country's inevitable submission to the Auld Enemy. After the Union in 1707, Scotland's increasing reliance on England culminated in a crisis of confidence and identity that tortures the country to this day. But how accurate is this version of events? Using the very latest in historical research and by placing Scotland's story in the wider context of British, European and global history, some of the myths that pervade the past will be exploded to reveal a Scotland which forged its own destiny, often with success.
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2009
ISBN: 9780297856634
Branch Call Number: 941.1 OLI 2009
Characteristics: xviii, 389 p. : col. ill., maps, plans


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Sep 19, 2014

Excellent and concise history of Scotland by a an excellent archaeologist and a neat historian. Reading this book, one begins to understand how the recent vote in Scotland on Scottish independence failed.

Oct 01, 2013

Capable and occasionally humourous. I liked how he went right back to the geological history.

Jan 04, 2011

This series was superb.
Neil Oliver is a charismatic presenter which makes viewing this series addictive.
It will appeal to anyone who is interested in history.
Thank you for adding it to the library.

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