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Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook You

There are countless Scottish History courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

Scotland: The Story of a Nation (2003)

 Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook YouHailed as a “vast, superb history [that] relates Scotland’s past over a dozen millennia” (Kirkus Reviews), Magnusson draws on a great deal of modern scholarship to redefine a nation’s history. He charts the long struggle toward nationhood, explores the roots of the original Scots, and examines the extent to which Scotland was shaped by the Romans, the Picts, the Vikings, and the English. Encompassing everything from the first Mesolithic settlers in 7000 B.C.
Author(s): Magnus Magnusson

The Highland Clans (2013)

 Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook You“A brisk and accessible guide to a thousand years of reiving and rivalry in the Highlands.” ―The Scotsman The story of the Highland clans of Scotland is famous, the names celebrated, and the deeds heroic. Having clung to ancient traditions of family, loyalty, and valor for centuries, the clans met the beginning of their end at the fateful Battle of Culloden in 1746.
Author(s): Alistair Moffat

Scottish History: A Concise Overview of the History of Scotland From Start to End (2019)

 Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook YouExplore the History of Scotland From Start to EndAre you interested in the romance and drama of Scottish history?Are tales of Robert the Bruce and the wars against England just footnotes in your wider historical knowledge? Scotland has always held a fascination for people around the world. from inventors and patriots to great writers and thinkers, Scotland has traditionally punched well above its weight on the world stage.
Author(s): Eric Brown

Scottish History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Scotland (2018)

 Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook YouA sense of poetic irony registers when one learns that Scotland has never won a major military battle when the odds were in their favor. In 1513, the largest Scottish army to ever invade England was defeated by a significantly smaller English army at Flodden Field. In only two hours, the Scots lost ten thousand men. History repeated itself in 1542, when a Scottish army of 15,000 men was defeated by only 3,000 English soldiers.
Author(s): Captivating History

Scottish History (Strange but True) (2019)

 Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook YouAn ancient Scots law says that the head of any dead whale found on the Scottish coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail the property of the queen. The Scots excel at elephant polo, a game usually played in the East. The modern game was co-founded in the 1980s in Scotland, and the Scots are top of the leader board! This book contains hundreds of "strange but true" facts and anecdotes about Scottish history.
Author(s): John Hamilton, Noreen Hamilton

Scottish History: Fascinating History of Scotland From the Beginning to the End (Fascinating World History) (2019)

 Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook YouA Complete History of Scotland from Start to FinishA sense of poetic irony registers when one learns that Scotland has never won a major military battle when the odds were in their favor.[1] In 1513, the largest Scottish army to ever invade England was defeated by a significantly smaller English army at Flodden Field. In only two hours, the Scots lost ten thousand men.
Author(s): History-Episode

History of Scotland: A Captivating Guide to Scottish History, the Wars of Scottish Independence and William Wallace (2018)

 Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook YouA sense of poetic irony registers when one learns that Scotland has never won a major military battle when the odds were in their favor. In 1513, the largest Scottish army to ever invade England was defeated by a significantly smaller English army at Flodden Field. In only two hours, the Scots lost ten thousand men.
Author(s): Captivating History

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors: The Official Guide (2012)

 Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook YouThis is a new edition of the bestselling guide to this increasingly popular pursuit.
Author(s): National Archives of Scotland

How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It (2002)

 Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook YouWho formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since.Herman has charted a fascinating journey across the centuries of Scottish history.
Author(s): Arthur Herman

Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook You

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The Case for Scottish Independence: A History of Nationalist Political Thought in Modern Scotland

Author(s): Ben Jackson
ID: 2823257, Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

The First Scottish Enlightenment: Rebels, Priests, and History

Author(s): Kelsey Jackson-Williams
ID: 2862615, Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, Year: 2020, Size: 63 Mb, Format: pdf

The Anthology of Scottish Folk Tales

Author(s): Smith, Donald
ID: 2764910, Publisher: The History Press, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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