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The Oxford Companion to Scottish History by…

The Oxford Companion to Scottish History (2001)

by Michael Lynch

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This companion to Scottish history covers subjects including archaeology, architecture, climate, culture, folk belief geology, and the languages of Scotland. It ranges over 20 centuries of history, and extends from Orkney to the Borders.



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- interprets history broadly, including archaeology, architecture, climate, culture, folk belief, geology, and the languages.
- broader range of topics and approaches, and a more authoritative list of contributors than any of its competitors. ( )
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  kgreply | May 23, 2014 |
I hadn't thought it was possible for there to be a bad Oxford Companion.

That may not be fair. But this is an odd duck among the Oxford Companion series. Most of them are specialized dictionaries. The companion for British History, for instance, includes short biographies of major historical figures, brief accounts of major events, and special articles on subjects such as money, the church, and population patterns. For almost any historical topic, it gives you a place to start.

So imagine my shock when I went to look up the Battle of Prestonpans in the Companion to Scottish History, and it's not there. The articles go from "Population patterns" to "Printing and Publishing." Nor is it in the index -- and even if it were, the index isn't really an index! I didn't know it was possible to create an index that requires an instruction manual -- but this book manages it. The index doesn't tell you which page to seek things in; it tells you which articles to search.

If you want to just sit down and read the book, or already know which article to read, the quality is good. There is genuinely a lot of information here. But this simply is not a quick reference guide. It's more a book of essays. Be prepared.... ( )
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