Scotland: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | January 1, 2009

byRab Houston

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Since Devolution in 1999 Scotland has become a focus of intense interest both within Britain and throughout the wider world. In this iVery Short Introduction/i, Rab Houston explores how an independent Scottish nation emerged in the Middle Ages, how it was irrevocably altered by Reformation,links with England and economic change, and how Scotland influenced the development of the modern world. Examining politics, law, society, religion, education, migration, and culture, he examines how the nation's history has made it distinct from England, both before and after Union, how it overcameinternal tensions between Highland and Lowland society, and how it has today arrived at a political, social and culture watershed. Authoritative, lucid, and ranging widely over issues of environment, people, and identity, this is Scotland's story without myths: an ideal introduction for those interested in the Scots, but also a balanced yet refreshing challenge to those who already feel at home in Scotland past andpresent.

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Since Devolution in 1999 Scotland has become a focus of intense interest both within Britain and throughout the wider world. In this iVery Short Introduction/i, Rab Houston explores how an independent Scottish nation emerged in the Middle Ages, how it was irrevocably altered by Reformation,links with England and economic change, and ho...

Robert Allan Houston was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and St Andrews University before spending six years at Cambridge University as a research student. He has been a Professor of Modern History, specialising in British social history, at the University of St Andrews since 1983. He lives in Edinburgh.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.43 inPublished:January 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019923079X

ISBN - 13:9780199230792

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Politics and Government2. Religion3. Education4. Society5. Economy and Environment6. Scotland and the Wider World7. CultureConclusions