Scottish History For Dummies Paperback – 25 Jul 2014
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“This book is nothing if not comprehensive” (Frost Magazine, August 2014)
From the Back Cover
- The history of Scotland from the Stone Age to today
- The Industrial Revolution and Highland Clearances
- Independence drives through the ages
- World wars and the 20th century
Explore the rich and fascinating history of Scotland
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 her place within the historical narratives of Britain, Europe and the rest of the world. From the Beaker people right up to the present day, it’s all inside.
- Meet the peoples of Scotland – get to know how the peoples who lived through the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages lived, what they ate and how they were viewed by the Romans
- Witness the making of a kingdom – discover how the Kingdom of Alba came to be ― thanks largely to the actions of Kenneth MacAlpin, whose Gaels defeated the Picts
- Encounter the superheroes of Scottish history – meet the men whose battles against English domination created the nation of Scotland: William Wallace and Robert the Bruce
- Travel through Great Britain and its Empire – explore the events surrounding the unmaking of Scotland as a nation during the 18th century and how they impacted Scottish national identity
- Explore an industrial economy – pull back the curtain on how Scotland was built into an industrial economy by inventors, explorers and missionaries
Open the book and find:
- The Roman invasion and (near) conquest of Scotland
- Scotland’s politics, languages and religion
- The reigns of William I, Alexander II and Alexander III
- The Wars of Independence
- Scotland during the Renaissance
- Charles I and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms
- Industrialisation and the Highland Clearances
- The making of modern Scotland
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The scope of Dr Knox's work is admirable: covering, as advertised, "from the Stone Age to today". Alas the humorous tone of Dummies is lacking, but perhaps the plethora of exclamation marks to indicate where the reader should be chuckling put me off. Parenthesis is much in evidence too, e.g. "Mary was an attractive, tall (nearly 183 centimetres [6 feet]!)..."
More troubling though are the factual errors. For instance, the introduction tells us on page 1 that "Scotland has been a unitary state since 1470", but seven pages later 1460 is quoted as the date when Norway ceded the Northern Isles. (In fact it was 1468). Agricola we are told was the son-in-law of Tacitus rather than the father-in-law. On page 103 we are told (correctly) that James II died in 1460; but by page 114 this becomes 1451. And then there's the repeated references to coronation rather than royal inauguration and the addition of "for Scotland" to the office of secretary of state.
I suspect these errors are indicative of poor editing rather than scholarship as the indexing of the book leaves much to be desired as well.
It's not all bad though. The final section giving ten places to visit, ten little-known people and ten Scottish inventions was very enjoyable.
As a beginner to reading up on Scottish history I learnt a lot. Some of my common misconceptions were dispelled and I felt I had learnt a lot. This book is great as an introduction and the reader can go and delve further if he/she wants to but for me this was enough (for the moment).
Incidentally , it came in useful for a college project a few months later which saved me a lot of library/internet research time. I'm sure its a book I will refer to time and time again, even if just to remind myself of particular areas of history.
That out of the way, an accessible book on Scottish history could easily fall into the trap of writing a romantic text that makes for an enjoyable tourist read (see Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland) but fails to provide that key requirement of a real history - some remote sense of objectivity. William Knox manages to avoid that pitfall and, like many books in the 'Dummies' series', approaches his subject quite matter of fact and without sentimental pomposity.
I can definitely recommend this book for someone without any preconceptions of what Scottish history is about, or those with strong preconceptions but who are prepared to at least dust those prejudices with a sprinkling of historical fact.
Scottish History for Dummies is no exception. It's all here, clearly laid out and William Knox evidently knows his stuff. I am already very familiar with Scottish History and have University qualifications in the subject but this is a refreshing read and can be enjoyed and understood by anyone with an interest, whether they have some knowledge already or are new to the topic.
I can't fault this as an aid to learning more about Scotland's History and in the current political climate it seems like many people are looking to find out more about how and where Scotland fits in to the British Isles and this is an excellent place to start.
The 'Dummies' books are a fun and engaging way to learn and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this edition to anyone with an interest in Scottish History. It's maybe 'fun' and 'quirky' but it still manages to be a solid read without the usual dryness that seems to accompany texts that focus on this subject. Nicely presented, well written and a very readable.
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