The Scottish Nation: A History, 1700-2000

The Scottish Nation A History A tremendous study of transformation Devine s strength is his huge learning in the field of social history especially the story of the rural communities of Scotland Neal Ascherson Los Angeles Times

  • Title: The Scottish Nation: A History, 1700-2000
  • Author: T.M. Devine
  • ISBN: 9780141002347
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • A tremendous study of transformation Devine s strength is his huge learning in the field of social history, especially the story of the rural communities of Scotland Neal Ascherson, Los Angeles Times Splendid will remain the standard one in its field for a long time The Times Literary Supplement T M Devine uses extensive original research to examin A tremendous study of transformation Devine s strength is his huge learning in the field of social history, especially the story of the rural communities of Scotland Neal Ascherson, Los Angeles Times Splendid will remain the standard one in its field for a long time The Times Literary Supplement T M Devine uses extensive original research to examine Scotland s urban vigor as well as describing the traditional aspects of Scottish history, covering key topics such as the Union, the Enlightenment, Industrialization, the Clearances, Religion, and the Road to Devolution He also explores the global Diaspora of the Scots, the impact of migrants, and the effect of the World Wars Throughout, Scotland s story is set against the background of British, European, and world history.

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    1. If you are looking for an all-encompassing resource on Scottish history, life and culture throughout the period in the title, you've found it. This book is incredibly detailed without being pedantic and boring. It provides you with the information you need and would be most interested in, and often employs quotes and real-life examples to substantiate its points. I can't believe I actually read a non-fiction book word for word. If I did that, you know it's good.

    2. This is a well-written, readable book, impeccably sourced and researched. It's taken me quite a while to get through it, although that's mostly because I'd put it down for months at a time so that I could read something lighter.Devine takes the history of Scotland over the last three hundred years or so and breaks it down by era and then within the era, he looks at different aspects of the social and political history of the country. So the first is roughly around the Act of Union and its conseq [...]

    3. This is a comprehensive and outstanding piece of work, which I would go so far as demand is made compulsory reading before being allowed to opinionate on any matter of Scottish politics, most particularly the issue of independence.Unfortunately I read this directly after reading Bill Bryson's At Home, an altogether lighter take on a different aspect of history, but, in comparison, made Devine's work feel a little dry and staid. Although in book form, it does feel that it is composed of a number [...]

    4. Dense, informative, and shockingly boring. Reads like a series of only slightly connected lit surveys, with some worthy (but dull) original research around macroeconomic issues and the ins and outs of political battles. Presumes a great deal of previous knowledge -- both about events before 1700 and during the course of the book, rendering to pretty useless for the unprimed reader. One highlight (for me) was the brief chapter on Italian immigrants to Scotland -- this was, by contrast, interestin [...]

    5. Fascinating! One of my favorite things about a good history is seeing all the interconnected things that are the reasons behind why things are the way they are now. I learned heaps about Scottish society, history, economics and politics, and it was really cool. Especially timely, with Scottish independence being such a big issue recently.That said, this is not a quick, easy read, but I did find it very much worth the time.

    6. I dipped in and out of this book for the purposes of my research. I was disappointed that the Boys' Brigade has been incorrectly mentioned as being formed in 1863, 20 years before the organisation was in fact founded (p.366 in the 2006 re-issue). The book is fine and has provided me with a lot to ponder and has helped in some way to direct my research.

    7. With the run up to the referendum on Scottish independence,it was good to see things from a historical perspective, in terms of pre- and post-Union of the Crowns.Highly recommended.

    8. More a social history of Scotland than a political one. In my opinion, Part 3 of the book is very well written, with 'The Scottish City' chapter leading the way.

    9. Very well researched and well written, but there were sections of the book, which I found difficult to read. Overall, an excellent read though.

    10. For anyone doing a History degree this book is absolutely brilliant. Clear and comprehensive, it is excellent both for historical comment and as a starting point for relevant essay questions.

    11. A fantastic book that gives a really in-depth overview of Scottish history from 1700. I you read this book you will gain a very grounding in Scottish history.

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