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Book Title: Scotland: The Story Of A Nation|
The author of the book: Magnus Magnusson
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,
Date of issue: November 5th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780006531913
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Well, it took me a while, but I finally finished it. Firstly, I must begin by saying that Magnus Magnusson's Scotland is definitely in the popular history category. However, I thought it was a good basic introduction, or broad overview, of Scottish history. I had previously done intensive reading and research on particular areas of Scottish history (particularly the Reformation and Enlightenment eras), but I had never read a general history of Scotland. This book gave me a much better view of the broad panorama of Scottish history.
I would also recommend it to anyone planning a trip to Scotland. Magnusson gives the reader specific locations for a variety of historical interest sights. This includes castles, battlefields, markers, monuments, and even sights linked to historical figures in Scottish folklore.
There are two things which I think Magnusson could have done better. First of all, he, like Sir Walter Scott in his Tales of a Grandfather, has written his history in a very personal tone, including his own biases, stories, and opinions along the way. Secondly, he leaves out most of the 19th century. After the 1745 Jacobite rising, he basically gives a mini-biography of Sir Walter Scott. Then, after Scott dies, he only writes about the push of Scottish nationalism. He does not talk about Scottish involvement in the British empire, Scottish industry, Scottish advancements in science and technology, changes in the church, involvement in both World Wars, etc. I felt rather gypped out of learning more about an amazing period in Scottish history.
While this was an enjoyable read, it is not the best in a strictly academic sense. I am still searching for a defining work on the whole of Scottish history.
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