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The Oxford Companion to Scottish History (Oxford Quick Reference) Paperback – November 1, 2007

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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Quick Reference
  • Paperback: 732 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199234825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199234820
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,595,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!

Dag Stomberg
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Format: Hardcover
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.
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This a great book and very helpful in learning about the History of the Scottish people and their customs and country.
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Just the job and well worth the asking price. Excellent! I shall dip into this volume for years to come.
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