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An Atlas of Scottish History to 1707 Paperback – 3 Jan 1998
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This atlas covers a broad spectrum of Scottish history, not only with the lands that came to form the kingdom of Scotland, but also Scotland's contacts with other countries - chiefly England, but also Ireland and parts of Europe. Attention is also given to invasions of Scotland by whole peoples, such as the English from the south and the Scots from the west, as well as to the inward flow of military invaders from Agricola to Cromwell. The less frequent and less successful invasions of England by the Scots are also covered. The introductory section shows the physical and geographical basis of the maps which follow. The next three sections are chronological, covering the period from the Roman occupation to 1707. The remaining three sections deal with important aspects of Scottish history: administration; economic development; the church; social and cultural, regional and local. The short texts which accompany the maps are intended to indicate the principles on which the maps or diagrams are constructed, and the lessons which can be drawn from them. Where possible the atlas attempts to have one map for one idea.This is the case with the distribution maps, such as those showing Pictish, Gaelic, Anglian or Scandinavian place-names. In inventory maps, however, such as that of Lowland schools, the names are as important as their distribution. Much attention is given to the church over the centuries, and to the forms of royal administration. The largest section deals with economic affairs. It includes such topics as the burghs, taxation, and the trends in doemstic and foreign trade. The book is not only intended for students, but also for anyone who has an interest in the development of Scotland.
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