This is simply one of the best introductions to the History of Scotland
By Michael Lynch
Oxford University Press 2001
Over 500,000 words in length, and written by more than 70 distinguished contributors, the Oxford Companion to Scottish History aims to cover more than 20 centuries of history, and interpret history broadly, covering areas such as archaeology, climate, culture, languages, immigration, migration, and emigration. Multi-authored entries analyse key themes such as national identity, women and society, living standards, and religious belief across the centuries in an authoritative yet approachable way. The A-Z entries are complemented by maps, genealogies, a glossary, a chronology, and an extensive guide to further reading.
More than a historical dictionary or encyclopedia, the Companion’s coverage extends from Orkney and Shetland to Galloway, from the Western Isles to the Borders, includes historical personalities such as Columba, Macbeth, and William Wallace, and stands alone – when compared to its competitors – in providing analysis of issues such as national identity and living standards and by offering readers a broader range of topics and approaches. An essential and authoritative reference source for students and academics of Scottish, British, Irish, and European history, and related fields, it will also appeal to interested general readers, including members of the Scottish Diaspora – in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the US.
List of Editors and Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Note to the Reader
The Oxford Companion to Scottish History A-Z
Guide to Further Reading
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Edited by Michael Lynch, formerly Professor of Scottish History, University of Edinburgh
Michael Lynch was formerly Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh. He was also Chairman of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland and President of the Historical Association of Scotland.
Michael Lynch, formerly Professor of Scottish History, University of Edinburgh
Dauvit Braun, Lecturer in Scottish History, University of Glasgow
Ewan Cameron, Senior Lecturer in Scottish History, University of Edinburgh
Richard Finlay, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Strathclyde
Joan MacDonald, graduate of the Department of Celtic, University of Edinburgh
Norman Macdougall, Senior Lecturer in Scottish History, University of St Andrews
Margaret Mackay, Director of the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh
Duncan Macmillan, Professor of Fine Art, University of Edinburgh
Geoffrey Stell, Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland