Scotland: A Very Short Introduction
By (author) Rab Houston
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Scotland: A Very Short Introduction by Rab Houston
Book DescriptionSince Devolution in 1999 Scotland has become a focus of intense interest both within Britain and throughout the wider world. In this Very Short Introduction, 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 overcame internal 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 and present. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199230792
(173mm x 111mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rab Houston
Peasant Petitions, Hardback (July 2014)
This book examines the structures and texture of rural social relationships, using one type of document found in abundance over all the four component parts of Britain and Ireland: petitions from tenants to their landlords. The book offers unexpected angles on many aspects of society and economy on estates in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Coroners of Northern Britain c. 1300-1700, Hardback (March 2014)
For the last 800 years coroners have been important in England's legal and political landscape, best known as investigators of sudden, suspicious, or unexplained death. Against the background of the coroner's role in historic England, this book explains how sudden death was investigated by magistrates in Scotland.
Autism in History, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Rab Houston
This engaging story of an eighteenth century Scottish laird whose brief arranged marriage was annulled on the grounds of his mental capacity -- which seen through modern eyes can be identified as autism. It is a story of villainy and innocence, and provides a fascinating historical context to which the latest theories on autism are applied.
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Author Biography - Rab Houston
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.
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