Exploring the Scottish Past

Themes in the History of Scottish Society
Author: Thomas Martin Devine
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 9781898410386
Category: Scot
Page: 260
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This is a collection of fifteen essays written over the last twenty years by one of Scotland's most eminent historians. The material concentrates on four broad themes in seventeenth-, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scottish history: Merchants, Unions and Trade; Scottish Economic Development; The Highlands; and the Rural Lowlands.

The Scots in Australia

Author: Malcolm David Prentis
Publisher: UNSW Press
ISBN: 9781921410215
Category: History
Page: 334
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"This is a highly descriptive account of the Scots in Australia from 1788 to the present. It shows that the Scots have made a major contribution to all aspects of Australian life. It is aimed at non-specialist general readers, although much of the audience will be Scottish."--Provided by publisher.

The History of the Western Highlands and Isles of Scotland

Author: Donald Gregory
Publisher: Tuckwell Press
Category: History
Page: 453
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Exploring the turbulent and compelling past of Scotland’s west Highlands and islands in the late medieval era, this history of the lands of the former MacDonald "Lords of the Isles" charts the failure of the series of attempts to restore MacDonald's dominance in the west and the struggle to fill the resultant vacuum of power. This meticulously researched narrative travels through the changing fortunes of Scottish clans between 1493 and 1625 and the various ways in which those histories have been relayed and recorded for posterity. Initially published in 1836 and now updated with an enlightening new introduction, this invaluable edition is a classic piece of scholarship on an era of Highland history often neglected.

Scottish History

The Power of the Past
Author: Edward J. Cowan,Richard J. Finlay
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780748614202
Category: History
Page: 279
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This book examines how generations of Scots have exploited and reshaped history to meet their needs, from the conquest of the Picts to the refounding of Parliament. Chapters explore the violent manipulations of the past in medieval Scotland, the Scottish Reformation, the transformation of "Highland barbarism" into "Gaelicism," and other issues.

Museums, Anthropology and Imperial Exchange

Author: Amiria Henare
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521835916
Category: Art
Page: 323
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Amiria Henare explores the role of material cultural research in anthropology and related disciplines from the late eighteenth century to the present.

The Women's Land Army in First World War Britain

Author: B. White
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137363908
Category: History
Page: 207
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Between 1917 and 1919 women enlisted in the Women's Land Army, a national organisation with the task of increasing domestic food production. Behind the scenes organisers laboured to not only recruit an army of women workers, but to also dispel public fears that Britain's Land Girls would be defeminized and devalued by their wartime experiences.

Ourselves and Others

Author: Graeme Morton
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748655182
Category: History
Page: 320
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Graeme Morton shows that identity, like industry, is a key element in explaining the period 1832-1914. Ourselves and Others is about 'us and them', the dialectic of national identity formation.

Discovering The Scottish Revolution 1692-1746

Author: Neil Davidson
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745320540
Category: History
Page: 400
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This major new work of historical scholarship offers a groundbreaking reassessment of Scottish politics and society in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century that is set to become a standard work on the subject. Neil Davidson argues that Scotland experienced a revolution during this period that has rarely been recognised in the existing historiography. Davidson explores the political and economic changes of these years, revealing how social and economic power was transferred from one class to another. He describes how Scotland was transformed from a backward and feudal economy to a new centre of emergent capitalism. He traces the economic and social crisis that led to Scotland's incorporation into the Union in 1707, but argues that the Union did not lead to the transformation of Scottish society. The decisive period was instead the aftermath of the last Jacobite revolt in 1746, whose failure was integral to the survival and consolidation of British, and ultimately global capitalism. 'His opinions are bound to cause controversy and discussion ... a good thing as Scottish history desperately needs the airing and voicing of new approaches.' John R Young, Albion. ‘What is so good about Neil Davidson’s brave study is that he brings a Marxist perspective to bear on Scottish history in very clear and readable prose. Quotations and statistics drawn from uncannily wide reading will make this book of great value even to those who disagree with it.’ Angus Calder, author of Revolutionary Empire and Revolving Culture: Notes from the Scottish Republic

Scottish trade in the wake of union (1700-1760)

the rise of a warehouse economy
Author: Philipp Robinson Rössner
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden gmbh
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 392
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"The monograph examines the trends, structure and fluctuations in Scotland's foreign trade, 1700-1760 in two parts. Part I is a general examination of the sources, the institutional, as well as socio-economic framework, and the general trend in Scotland's foreign trades." "Part II consists of a detailed case study on Scottish trade with German ports, based on a comprehensive examination of contemporary customs accounts and trade statistics. The monograph's main aim is to highlight the pan-European contingency matrix, which Scottish foreign trade was exposed to after 1700. It is also intended to shed new light on hitherto overlooked aspects, such as the responsibility of the new (English) customs system in Scotland, 1707 for creating a peculiarly Scottish pattern of trade thereafter."--BOOK JACKET.

'The people above'

politics and administration in mid-eighteenth-century Scotland
Author: Alexander Murdoch
Publisher: John Donald
Category: History
Page: 199
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James the Good

The Black Douglas
Author: David R. Ross
Publisher: Luath Press
ISBN: 9781906307349
Category: History
Page: 175
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Sir James the Good, one of the finest soldiers Scotland ever produced, is sometimes better known by the name given to him by the English - the 'Black Douglas'. He terrified the northern shires of England throughout the reign of King Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Independence. When Robert the Bruce died Sir James, as his champion, was entrusted with his heart which he carried on the Crusades. David R Ross brings history alive as he tells the story of Sir James' life. Ross' research found him retracing Sir James' journey to the Holy Land and rediscovering battle grounds, providing a personal view of history. With a refreshing look at the subject, and featuring all new information and research, interesting maps, battleplans and photographs, this book will make Scottish history accessible and understandable for the casual reader, while delighting history buffs.

Scottish Theatre: Diversity, Language, Continuity

Author: Ian Brown
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9401209944
Category: History
Page: 260
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Challenging the dominant view of a broken and discontinuous dramatic culture in Scotland, this book outlines the variety and richness of the nation ́s performance traditions and multilingual theatre history. Brown illuminates enduring strands of hybridity and diversity which use theatre and theatricality as a means of challenging establishment views, and of exploring social, political, and religious change. He describes the ways in which politically and religiously divisive moments in Scottish history, such as the Reformation and political Union, fostered alternative dramatic modes and means of expression. This major revisionist history also analyses the changing relationships between drama, culture, and political change in Scotland in the 20th and 21st centuries, drawing on the work of an extensive range of modern and contemporary Scottish playwrights and drama practitioners. Ian Brown is a playwright, poet and Professor of Drama at Kingston University, London. Until recently Chair of the Scottish Society of Playwrights, he was General Editor of the Edinburgh History of Scottish Theatre (EUP, 2007) and editor of From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History and Myth (EUP, 2010) and The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Drama (EUP, 2011). He has published widely on theatre, cultural policy and literature and language.

Cosmo Innes and the Defence of Scotland's Past c. 1825-1875

Author: Richard A. Marsden
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317159160
Category: History
Page: 382
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Today, Scotland's history is frequently associated with the clarion call of political nationalism. However, in the nineteenth century the influence of history on Scottish national identity was far more ambiguous. How, then, did ideas about the past shape Scottish identity in a period when union with England was all but unquestioned? The activities of the antiquary Cosmo Innes (1798-1874) help us to address this question. Innes was a prolific editor of medieval and early modern documents relating to Scotland's parliament, legal system, burghs, universities, aristocratic families and pre-Reformation church. Yet unlike scholars today, he saw that editorial role in interventionist terms. His source editions were artificial constructs that powerfully articulated his worldview and agendas: emphasising Enlightenment-inspired narratives of social progress and institutional development. At the same time they used manuscript facsimiles and images of medieval architecture to foreground a romantic concern for the texture of past lives. Innes operated within an elite associational culture which gave him access to the leading intellectuals and politicians of the day. His representations of Scottish history therefore had significant influence and were put to work as commentaries on some of the major debates which exorcised Scotland's intelligentsia across the middle decades of the century. This analysis of Innes's work with sources, set within the intellectual context of the time and against the antiquarian activities of his contemporaries, provides a window onto the ways in which the 'national past' was perceived in Scotland during the nineteenth century. This allows us to explore how historical thinkers negotiated the apparent dichotomies between Enlightenment and Romanticism, whilst at the same time enabling a re-examination of prevailing assumptions about Scotland's supposed failure to maintain a viable national consciousness in the later 1800s.


Global Cinema
Author: David Martin-Jones
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748686541
Category: Social Science
Page: 264
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Scotland: Global Cinema focuses on the explosion of filmmaking in Scotland in the 1990s and 2000s. It explores the various cinematic fantasies of Scotland created by contemporary filmmakers from all over the world who braved the weather to shoot in Scotla

Northern and Insular Scots

Author: Robert McColl Millar
Publisher: N.A
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 178
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The Scots dialects of northern Scotland, Orkney and Shetland are among the most traditional varieties of e~Englishe(tm), exhibiting features not current elsewhere for centuries. Until recently, they were spoken in communities whose traditional occupations have encouraged the equation of speech with local identity. They have all also been affected by contact with Gaelic, or Norse, or both. In recent years, however, the decline of traditional industries has been matched by the discovery of oil off their coasts, encouraging in-migration of speakers of many varieties of English and other languages. How well have these varieties maintained their traditional natures at the start of the 21st century? Northern and Insular Scots provides:* An approachable description of the phonological, structural and lexical natures of these varieties* A history of the varieties in relation to the areas in which they are spoken* Examples of the language of native speakers * An annotated bibliography which points the reader towards more specialised works.

Scotland's Populations from the 1850s to Today

Author: Michael Anderson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198805837
Category: History
Page: 480
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Scotland's Populations is a coherent and comprehensive description and analysis of the most recent 170 years of Scottish population history. With its coverage of both national and local themes, set in the context of changes in Scottish economy and society, this study is an essential and definitive source for anyone teaching or writing on modern Scottish history, sociology, or geography. Michael Anderson explores subjects such as population growth and decline, rural settlement and depopulation, and migration and emigration. It sets current and recent population changes in their long-term context, exploring how the legacies of past demographic change have combined with a history of weak industrial investment, employment insecurity, deprivation, and poor living conditions to produce the population profiles and changes of Scotland today. While focussing on Scottish data, Anderson engages in a rigorous treatment of comparisons of Scotland with its neighbours in the British Isles and elsewhere in Europe, which ensures that this is more than a one-country study.

Pilgrim Guide to Scotland

Author: Donald Smith
Publisher: Saint Andrew Press
ISBN: 0861538625
Category: Religion
Page: 176
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This is a comprehensive introduction to Scotland’s major pilgrim routes, past and present. It covers every region and offers inclusive, simple devotional directions related to each journey. The Pilgrim Guide to Scotland is both evocative and inspirational, following each pilgrim journey as a story and as an experience. This is accompanied by simple route and geographical information for walking and travelling in a variety of ways. For those who prefer to explore from the convenience of their armchairs, there is a plethora of enthralling story and information. The concept of pilgrimage is undergoing major revival as a contemporary form of spirituality and faith in Scotland where, for many centuries, it was actively suppressed. Scotland has an exceptionally rich Celtic, medieval and modern spread of sacred places. The pilgrim theme opens up the history, environment and faith of Scotland in a unique way. A fascinating and unique way of exploring Scotland’s spiritual and cultural heritage.