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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.

1. A History of Scotland: Look Behind the Mist and Myth of Scottish History (2011)

Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook YouScotland’s history gets a rewrite by archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver. How accurate are the accounts of Mary Queen of Scots’s tragic demise or Bonnie Prince Charlie’s forlorn cause? Oliver reveals a Scotland that forged its own identity with success, despite its union with England in 1707….
Author(s): Neil Oliver

2. 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. to the present movements for independence, Scotland: The Story of a Nation is…
Author(s): Magnus Magnusson

3. 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. Alistair Moffat traces the history of the clans from their Celtic origins to the coming of the Romans; from Somerled the Viking to Robert the Bruce; from the great battles of Bannockburn and Flodden to Bonnie…
Author(s): Alistair Moffat

4. 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 End…Are 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. But did you know how it all started and how Scotland has been shaped by wider world events?This book, , tells Scotland’s story through several hundred years of…
Author(s): Eric Brown

5. 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. Despite their much smaller numbers, the English managed to take 1,200 Scottish men as prisoners. This humiliating defeat…
Author(s): Captivating History

6. 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. Arranged into a miniature history of Scotland, and with bizarre and hilarious true tales for every era, it will delight anyone with an…
Author(s): John Hamilton, Noreen Hamilton

7. 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. History repeated itself in 1542, when a Scottish army of 15,000 men was defeated by only 3,000 English soldiers. Despite their much smaller numbers, the English managed to take 1,200 Scottish men as prisoners. This humiliating defeat eventually contributed to the…
Author(s): History-Episode

8. 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. History repeated itself in 1542, when a Scottish army of 15,000 men was defeated by only 3,000 English soldiers. Despite their much smaller numbers, the English managed to take 1,200 Scottish men as prisoners. This humiliating defeat eventually contributed to the demise of…
Author(s): Captivating History

9. 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. Scotland has the best-maintained records and facilities of any country in the world for undertaking family research, and now that the National Archives of Scotland are available online they can be consulted by anyone from whatever country.Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors is the National Archives’ official guide and is written in an accessible style from the unique perspective of a custodian of the records. It details all the latest internet developments, including a chapter on family history on the web. It also points to more traditional resources,…
Author(s): National Archives of Scotland

10. 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. Here is the untold story of how John Knox and the Church of Scotland laid the foundation for our modern idea of…
Author(s): Arthur Herman

Best Scottish History Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some scottish history books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Medieval St Andrews: Church, Cult, City

Author(s): Michael Brown, Katie Stevenson
Publisher: Boydell Press, Year: 2017, Size: 27 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1692910

The Scottish Suffragettes and the Press

Author(s): Sarah Pedersen
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2066788

History as Theatrical Metaphor: History, Myth and National Identities in Modern Scottish Drama

Author(s): Ian Brown
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1582455

David Hume and the Culture of Scottish Newtonianism

Author(s): Tamás Demeter
Publisher: Brill, Year: 2016, Size: 879 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2296229

The Moral Culture of the Scottish Enlightenment: 1690–1805

Author(s): Thomas Ahnert
Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2015, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1309557

Scottish Philosophy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Author(s): Gordon Graham
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1321634

Scottish philosophy in the eighteenth century: Volume I: Morals, Politics, Art, Religion

Author(s): Garrett, Aaron; Harris, James Anthony
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2015, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2369161

Metrical Psalmody in Print and Practice: English 'Singing Psalms' and Scottish 'Psalm Buiks', C.1547-1640

Author(s): Timothy Duguid
Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co, Year: 2014, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1378662

Scottish History For Dummies

Author(s): William Knox
Publisher: For Dummies, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1390600

Conflict, Commerce and Franco-Scottish Relations, 1560-1713

Author(s): Siobhan Talbott
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2014, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1401374

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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