The Oxford Companion to Scottish History

The Oxford Companion to Scottish History

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The Oxford Companion to Scottish History interprets history broadly, including archaeology, architecture, climate, culture, folk belief, geology, and the langauages of Scotland. It covers more than 20 centuries of history, including immigrants, migrants, and emigrants. It extends from Orkney and Shetland to Galloway, the Western Isles to the Borders. It deals extensively with Scots abroad, from Canada to Russia to New Zealand. It includes entries on historical figures from Columba, Macbeth, and William Wallace to James (Paraffin) Young. It covers Burns Clubs, curling, and shinty. It ranges from clans to Clearances and Covenanters. Over 500,000 words in length, and written by more than 70 distinguished contributors, it aims to explain as well as describe. It is more than a historical dictionary or an encyclopedia. Multi-authored entries analyse key themes such as kingship, national identity, women and society, urban and rural life, the economy, housing, living standards, and religious belief across the centruies in an authoritative but approachable way. The Oxford Companion to Scottish History has a broader range of topics and approaches, and a more authoritative list of contributors than any of its competitors. It also stands alone in providing analysis of issues such as national identity and living standards.

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  • Paperback | 768 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 48.26mm | 544.31g
  • Oxford University Press
  • OxfordUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 maps
  • 0199693056
  • 9780199693054
  • 275,212

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Michael Lynch was formerly Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh. He was also Chairman of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland and President of the Historical Association of Scotland.

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It is invaluable for the general reader and those studying our past Scots Magazine Its compass is of extraordinary width and richness Who Do You Think You Are? this will be of value to anyone researching Scottish ancestry. Your Family History

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