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The Oxford Companion to Scottish History (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

Michael Lynch
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11 Oct 2007 0199234825 978-0199234820 Oxford Reference Paperback
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
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Oxford Reference Paperback edition (11 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199234825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199234820
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,294,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Lynch is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. His research interests are in modern European and Chinese history and his recent publications include: Mao (2004), Modern China (2006), Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1894-1941 (2008), and Nazi Germany (2012).

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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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael Lynch is Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Trustee of the National Museums of Scotland, Chairman of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland, and President of the Historical Association of Scotland.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This Companion is packed with new research and insights into Scottish History with a far wider scope than similar histories. The information is easily accessed by cross refernce asterisks and alphabetical editing. The contributions of top rate historians make it always interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Oxford Companion to Scottish History 9 May 2013
By Anna L.
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Great book, gives you a good insight into a Scottish history. It's easy to find required information. Yes I would recommend it to my friend.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 10 May 2003
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Very different in format from the Oxford Companion to British History I feel this should be reissued with the title "Themes in Scottish History". With this book instead of having an A to Z of items you have a collection of themes and an index.The selection of themes is apparently random so that if you look up Mackintosh in the "themes" i.e. the main body of the book you will find Mackintosh J P but not Charles Rennie. But if you go the index at the back you will find no reference to J P Mackintosh though you will find Charles Rennie but then you have to go to "archtitects, artists and craftsmen;architectural styles and features;culture" to find out more
The content of the book is fine, but accessing it is a nightmare. If you want to know a specific fact about Scottish History I suggest you look it up in the Oxford Companion to British History. You will probably find it there and it will take a quarter of the time.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book But Pages Missing 24 Aug 2010
This is an excellent reference book, but unfortunately some pages were missing and some duplicated. Clearly a problem at the printers as the paperback was brand new. The supplier immediately refunded the purchase and postage costs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive coverage of the Country's Past 1 Jun 2010
By Dag Stomberg - Published on
Thoroughly researched and written in a spirited and approachable style, here is a comprehensive coverage of Scotland's rich past.
Truly an encyclopedic reference to a complex story with unparalleled insight.

This is a book for lovers of a fascinating history!

Dag Stomberg
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! 5 Mar 2012
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Just the job and well worth the asking price. Excellent! I shall dip into this volume for years to come.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 9 Feb 2011
By Terry Lee - Published on
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This a great book and very helpful in learning about the History of the Scottish people and their customs and country.
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