A History Of Scotland
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Maybe it's because I've watched a few Neil Oliver documentaries, but my brain insisted on reading the whole thing in a melodic, male Scottish voice and that took longer than my plain English, speed-reading voice.
Tytler`s History of Scotland: With Illustrative Notes From Recently Discovered State Documents, and a Continuation of the History, From the Union of . Yet the detail is as necessary as it is fascinating, for the key to Scottish success in Europe and the wider world is the national—clannish or familial—gift or enthusiasm for networking. This is one such, which will appeal to those who know relatively little of Scotland, past or present, and who relish a selective, opinionated romp strewn with random facts.
when the rapidly disappearing land would surely have made any person wary that they might lose it all?
An interesting book, but doesn't reach the heights that his Viking book did, which is the benchmark for me. Neil Oliver, archeologist, historian, broadcaster and native Scot has written an captivating journey through Scotland's history. I did find some of the names confusing and found myself tracking back more than once to sort out who was who. A flagship series for Edinburgh University Press, these classic textbooks are written by authors at the forefront of their discipline and provide an ideal introduction to Scottish history for undergraduates and general readers.Scots were involved in every stage of the slave trade: from captaining slaving ships to auctioning captured Africans in the colonies and hunting down those who escaped from bondage. By chapter three he had my full attention, and by the end he brings the reader full circle back to the land. Once World War I came to a close, Scotland was soon reduced to an industrial and financial backwater, and the casualties of the nation were exceptionally high.
Illustrated with line drawings and historical maps, this book is jam packed with interesting fact about Scotland’s rich and turbulent history.
While well-known events such as the Battle of Bannockburn and the Jacobite risings are detailed, Moffat also touches upon other crucial moments that haven't received as much coverage.
My most charitable reading is that this is a journalist with some background in history who has a sense of humour that doesn't gel with me, who doesn't source his claims, who is writing a sort of preferred fiction rather than the factual book I was looking for, and so we part ways. It seeks a balance between traditional historiographical concentration on the 'feudalisation' of Scottish society as part of the wholesale importation of alien cultural traditions by a 'modernising' monarchy .This new approach to Highland history before the Clearances draws attention to little-studied yet important economic and social processes within the Highland clan system and argues that we should consider the problems of traditional Highland society, economy and environment together. Explore such stories as the time a church minister was so confused by the manners of Edinburgh's ladies of pleasure that he found himself taking tea in a brothel, or the imprisonment of the last witch of Scotland, Helen Duncan, who delivered eerily accurate predictions of war.