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Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History [Hardcover]

Alistair Moffat
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3 Jan 2005
Before Scotland transforms prehistory into gripping narrative history, demonstrating that the history of the land that became Scotland is one of dramatic geological events and impressive human endeavour.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st Edition edition (3 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050005133X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051337
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 776,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Good and engaging... a strong and lively story'
-- Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

About the Author

Alistair Moffat is a well-known writer and television producer and presenter. His many books include Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms, The Sea Kingdoms - The Story of Celtic Britain and Ireland and The Borders: A History of the Borders from Earliest Times.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! It's a belter! 5 April 2005
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Moffat has written a superb book on Scottish Prehistory. Ranging from the end of the last ice age to 900AD, it explains and entertains in equal measure. Packed full of interesting information, this book is a masterly exposition of the continuity of culture across the millenia. If you are only going to buy/read one book on Celtic prehistory, make it this one! You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Book for all English Historians to study. 31 Jan 2012
As a Welshman who gained an honours History degree over 50 years ago and was a little vague about Scottish History I found this a fascinating read. The TV historians who appear to believe that British History is all about the English would do well to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have got to read this! 8 Jan 2011
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Fantastic! A whistlestop tour de force around 10000 years of history written in a warm and wry manner that cannot help but engage. I read it in a couple of days as I could not put it down and intend to read it again as soon as my friend finishes it and gives it back.
Moffat's approach to history is refreshing and you don't have to be interested in Scotland particularly to get a lot out of the book. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 1 Oct 2009
Accessible, fascinating and very, very enjoyable. This is the book that I've been waiting for!
Highly recommended.
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