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`Review from previous edition exemplary and wonderfully readable' Financial Times
`a treasure-trove of informed entries ... will become the main point of entry for both serious and casual readers of Scottish history' History Today
`an essential purchase for anyone who wants or needs to know about any aspect of Scotland' Glasgow Herald
`brings freshness to both subject matter and writing ... accurate and reliable' History Scotland
`compelling reading ... a handy and entertaining reference' Aberdeen Press and Journal
`an impressively informed volume' The Independent
`it should be part of any serious personal library' Glasgow Herald
About the Author
Michael Lynch is Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Trustee of the National Museums of Scotland, Chairman of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland, and President of the Historical Association of Scotland.
Thoroughly researched and written in a spirited and approachable style, here is a comprehensive coverage of Scotland's rich past. Truly an encyclopedic reference to a complex story with unparalleled insight.
This is a book for lovers of a fascinating history!
I have the hardback edition-- I would recommend getting it in Hardback if you can afford it, and are going to consult it often This Oxford Companion to Scottish History is a very useful guide to Scottish History in a broad range of topics Some 170 authors contribute to this companion The articles are of a high scholarly quality See the Amazon details on this work fora general overview The companion assumes a moderate knowledge of Scottish History-- see my comments in Summary
It is difficult to explain how it is organised in a brief statement-- some will find the arrangement very helpful ,others will find it irritating I tend to find it irritating ,but by the same token, I find the information very helpful There is a thematic index at the start Articles can be short or long, with major articles be large. There is a full index which you will need to consult regularly ( it partly depends on your question ) Another problem is the small type The entries are in two columns per page
The articles are arranged around key words and concepts, and are often divided up by chronology If you like long articles that draw many facts together you will probably like this dictionary (I certainly find much to commend in this approach ) To give an example The article on culture is long and is dived into 25 sections. Pages.Read more ›
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