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Scotland: A Concise History (Illustrated National Histories) (1970)

by Fitzroy Maclean

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Bringing the story of Scotland up to date, this revised fifth edition of Fitzroy Maclean's classic work includes additional chapters by distinguished journalist Magnus Linklater. Linklater examines how the new Scottish parliament has fared and discusses significant events, such as devolution and the transfer of taxation rights from Westminster, the release of the Lockerbie bomber, and the fallout from the 2008 global financial crash. This edition also touches on the independence referendum, the future of the United Kingdom now that the Scottish National Party is in power, and Britain's impending exit from the European Union.Written with wit and scholarship, Scotland presents a highly readable account that disentangles the complex history of Scotland from its beginnings to the present. This book offers a rich record of Scotland's art, politics, intellectual life, and national identity.… (more)
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Maclean has disentangled the threads, and enlivened his brisk account with both wit and scholarship. Pictures from authentic contemporary sources illuminate his story - its romantic figures and bloody battles, its politics and religion - and provide a rich visual record of Scotland's art, craftsmanship and intellectual life.

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  kgreply | May 19, 2014 |
This was an ok book. I know for a book this size it cannot cover everything but i was disappointed to see that it had very little of the so called "pre history" of Scotland and the ancient peoples that first lived there. Otherwise its a good book to learn the basics of Scotland. ( )
  Janine2011 | Sep 1, 2011 |
A really good book if you are interested in Scot History (gee I guess that is kind of obvious huh?) Uh, very concise. ( )
  ck2935 | May 18, 2007 |
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Here's tae us --

Wha's like us?

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'Polished from the Rust of Scottish Barbarity'

The early history of Scotland, like that of most countries, is largely veiled by what are known as the mists of antiquity, in this case a more than usually felicitous phrase.
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Bringing the story of Scotland up to date, this revised fifth edition of Fitzroy Maclean's classic work includes additional chapters by distinguished journalist Magnus Linklater. Linklater examines how the new Scottish parliament has fared and discusses significant events, such as devolution and the transfer of taxation rights from Westminster, the release of the Lockerbie bomber, and the fallout from the 2008 global financial crash. This edition also touches on the independence referendum, the future of the United Kingdom now that the Scottish National Party is in power, and Britain's impending exit from the European Union.Written with wit and scholarship, Scotland presents a highly readable account that disentangles the complex history of Scotland from its beginnings to the present. This book offers a rich record of Scotland's art, politics, intellectual life, and national identity.

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