A History of Scotland

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Penguin Adult, 1978 - 416 pages
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For a generation, this book - intelligent, fair-minded and accurate - has been acclaimed as the definitive one-volume history of a great nation.

It shows how Duncan (1034-40) emerged from 'the union of the four peoples' as the first king of a united Scotland and provides detailed, reign-by-reign accounts from then on. Close consideration is given to the Wars of Independence, the Reformation and religious struggles, the union of the crowns under James VI and I, the 1707 Act of Union, the Jacobite risings and the 'reforms' of the Victorian era. Above all Professor Mackie reveals how the Scots long pursued an independent line - in religion, law, culture and foreign policy - that helped them keep at bay in turn the Romans, the French and the English. This second edition takes the story up to the political crisis of the 1970s - events that offered ample evidence both of Scotland's ability to adapt to the times and its 'continuing significance and vitality as a human community'.

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User Review  - JohnPhelan - LibraryThing

Good in parts. The author had a real turn of phrase when he wanted to and his final chapter had some funny moments. But too often it was bogged down in blow by blow descriptions of religious and academic disputes and stuff about the constitution. Read full review

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

Helps to put some facts on the family myth-history. Like - who Bonnie Prince Charlie actually was! Read in Samoa Feb 2003 Read full review

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About the author (1978)

Bruce Lenman is Professor of History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. John Duncan Mackie (1887-1978) taught at St Andrews, Glasgow and London universities before being appointed Historiographer Royal of Scotland in 1958.

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