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Scottish History For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-67615-8
336 pages
September 2014
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Explore the fascinating history of Scotland in an easy-to-read guide

Want to discover how a small country on the edge of Northern Europe packs an almighty historical punch? Scottish History For Dummies is your guide to the story of Scotland and its place within the historical narratives of Britain, Europe and the rest of the world. You'll find out how Scotland rose from the ashes to forge its own destiny, understand the impact of Scottish historical figures such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and David Hume and be introduced to the wonderful world of Celtic religion, architecture and monuments.

History can help us make connections with people and events, and it gives us an understanding of why the world is like it is today. Scottish History For Dummies pulls back the curtain on how the story of Scotland has shaped the world far beyond its borders. From its turbulent past to the present day, this informative guide sheds a new and timely light on the story of Scotland and its people.

  • Dig into a wealth of fascinating facts on the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages
  • Get to know how Scotland was built into an industrial economy by inventors, explorers and missionaries
  • Discover the impact of the world wars on Scotland and how the country has responded to challenges created by them
  • Find up-to-the-minute information on Scotland's referendum on independence

If you're a lifelong learner looking for a fun, factual exploration of the grand scope of Scotland or a traveler wanting to make the most of your trip to this captivating country, Scottish History For Dummies has you covered.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Scottish History 5

Chapter 1: Welcome to Scotland 7

Chapter 2: From Nomads to Farmers: The Earliest Peoples 13

Chapter 3: Disunited Kingdoms (80–750) 21

Part II: Making the Kingdom (840–1286) 31

Chapter 4: The Kingdom of Alba (840–1040) 33

Chapter 5: Good Kings, Bad Kings and a Saintly Queen (1034–1153) 43

Chapter 6: Peace and Plenty? (1153–1286) 57

Part III: Making the Nation (1286–1542) 69

Chapter 7: The Wars of Independence (1286–1371) 71

Chapter 8: The Foundations of the Stewar t Dynast y (1371–1460) 91

Chapter 9: Renaissance Scotland (1460–1542) 109

Part IV: The Unmaking of a Nation (1540–1750) 131

Chapter 10: From Reformation to the Union of the Crowns (1540–1625) 133

Chapter 11: King, Commonwealth and Revolution (1625–1690) 157

Chapter 12: The Unmaking of a Nation (1690–1750) 179

Part V: The Remaking of a Nation (1750–1918) 199

Chapter 13: A Nation in Transition (1750–1832) 201

Chapter 14: The Making of Modern Scotland (1832–1918) 227

Part VI: New Beginnings (1918–2000) 257

Chapter 15: The Devil’s Decades: Politics and Poverty (1918 –1945) 259

Chapter 16: The Rebirth of a Nation (1945–2000) 271

Part VII: The Part of Tens 287

Chapter 17: Ten Great Places to Visit in Scotland 289

Chapter 18: Ten Little-Known Scottish People Who Are Worth Knowing About 295

Chapter 19: Ten Things Scotland Has Given to the World 305

Index 311

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Author Information

William Knox, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer of History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland’s first university.

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Press Release

July 24, 2014
Scottish History For Dummies

Scottish History For Dummies explores the fascinating story of Scotland and its place within the historical narratives of Britain, Europe and the rest of the world. Through knowledge of its history, readers can develop a better understanding of Scotland today, how it forged its own destiny and helped shape the world far beyond its borders.

From its turbulent past to the present day, this informative guide sheds a new and timely light on Scotland and its people. It explores the impact of key historical figures such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and philosopher David Hume and introduces readers to the worlds of Celtic religion, architecture and monuments. Readers will also discover:

  • Fascinating facts about Scotland during the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages
  • How Scotland was built into an industrial economy by inventors, explorers and missionaries
  • The impact of the World Wars and how Scotland responded
  • The historical underpinnings of devolution and the independence debate

From lifelong learners to keen travellers, Scottish History For Dummies is a fun and factual exploration of the grand scope of Scotland, helping them to find out more about this captivating country.

 

Scottish History For Dummies by William Knox is available in paperback and e-book, priced £15.99

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Notes to editors:

  • Review copies and jacket images are available on request
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