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Scotland: A History from Earliest Times

Alistair Moffat



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Birlinn Ltd
01 December 2017
History; British & Irish history; History: earliest times to present day
From the Ice Age to the recent Scottish Referendum, historian and author Alistair Moffat explores the history of the Scottish nation. As well as focusing on key moments in the nation's history such as the Battle of Bannockburn and the Jacobite Risings, Moffat also features other episodes in history that are perhaps less well documented. From prehistoric timber halls to inventions and literature, Moffat's tale explores the drama of battle, change, loss and invention interspersed with the lives of ordinary Scottish folk, the men and women who defined a nation.
By:   Alistair Moffat
Imprint:   Birlinn Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 55mm
Weight:   719g
ISBN:   9781780274386
ISBN 10:   1780274386
Pages:   544
Publication Date:   01 December 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, he now runs the Borders Book Festival and the DNA testing company, BritainsDNA ( He is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books and is currently Rector of St Andrews University.

Reviews for Scotland: A History from Earliest Times

'[T]his is a very readable, well-researched and fluent account' - Scotland on Sunday; 'Moffat plunders the facts and fables to create a richly-detailed and comprehensive analysis of a nation's past and references a huge number of sources' - Scotland Magazine; 'The great thing about Moffat's account is that, for all its emphasis on uncertainty, it rattles along with complete narrative certainty, to the extent that great events consistently take even a historically literate reader unawares' - Scottish Review of Books; 'For Alistair Moffat, history is rooted in the personal. Now... he has produced what is undoubtedly his most ambitious work. Scotland: A History From Earliest Times encompasses 500 million years, from when the tectonic plates were shifting to form the land mass we recognize today to the referendum and its aftermath' - Alan Taylor, The Herald

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