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Last of the Free: A History of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Last of the Free: A History of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland [Kindle Edition]

James Hunter
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"One of the most exciting historical works of recent times" (The Herald)

"Reads as fluently, as thrillingly and as inspiringly as the highest fiction" (Scots Magazine)

"Meticulously researched, these wonderfully evocative studies of bygone eras make fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in Scotland's evolution" (Daily Record)

"A groundbreaking and definitive account" (Scotland Magazine)

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Written by award-winning Scottish historian James Hunter, this groundbreaking and definitive account reveals how the Highlands and Islands of Scotland have evolved from a centre of European significance to a Scottish outpost. Never before has the history of the region been recounted so comprehensively and in so much fascinating, often moving, detail.

But this book is not simply the story of humanity's millennia-long involvement with one of the world's most spectacular localities. It is also a major contribution to present-day debate about how Scotland, and Britain, should be organised.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 860 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital; Reprint edition (25 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053QBDM0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good eye sight required 19 Sep 2010
By hebgirl
The font size in this book is tiny, I am using Last of the free as a set text for my degree and the book its self is excellent, however don't buy this edition unless you have incredibly good eye sight!! Buy the 2003 edition,which is what I had on loan from college, the pictures are in colour and although it is still paperback it is in a larger format. Yes this version is cheaper,but it isn't worth the saving, I have returned mine and ordered the 2003 ed. instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very different and informed history! 21 Jan 2013
By BigMac
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I wondered what to expect from a history of what is, nowadays, a part of a country. But the author has succeeded and well deserves the plaudits awarded.
For the most part, it is a very readable, informative and well-researched work from someone who clearly knows his subject well. This can be seen by the reference lists and bibliography pages at the back of the book.
I did rather feel for him in the earlier pages, when the necessary repetition of the phrase, 'Highlands and Islands', seemed to dominate every sentence, but there's no other way to say it, so it ceases to grate quite early on.
I'm pleased with this addition to my library!
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Fantastic history of the Highlands that filled in many gaps for me. I recall in primary school being told something about a poor wee sickly Maid of Norway and how she had died but I was never entirely sure where she fitted in to the greater scheme of things. Equally the information about monks, St Columba, the church, the various peoples of both Ireland and Scotland and the Romans in the north had me completely absorbed. The devastation of Highland communities always strikes a cord with me but the education I gained from reading more detail has enabled me to make greater sense of this part of our history. Perhaps there was more about crofting than I had anticipated but this too was appropriate to the bigger picture. Please read this book if you are interested in making sense of the Scottish Highland's past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars shoud be good. 15 Dec 2014
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Not yet read, shoud be good.
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