A History Of Scotland Paperback – Jan 4 2011
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It's an affectionate portrait by an author who, for all its flaws and magnificence, clearly loves his country―IRISH NEWS
About the Author
Neil Oliver is a Scottish archaeologist, historian and broadcaster best known for his distinctive voice and long black hair and as the charismatic presenter of the award-winning documentary series Coast. His 10-part 'bold, pugnacious and authoritative' History of Scotland on BBC2 was a critical success as was the book of the same name that accompanied it.
Visit the website for more information at www.neiloliver.com, follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NEIL_OLIVER_
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Besides issues with writing, there’s scant little in the way of positionality. Besides being a proud, curious, and educated Scot, what perspective is the writer coming from? Is he a historian? An archeologist? What? Is he going to be relaying a dynastic history, a people’s history, or both, and why? The reader assumes the writer focuses on kings, queens, wars, and other conflicts, because that’s the history that’s best been recorded, but the writer never explains. I also thought the later references to geography were unnecessary. Sure, geography may shape and influence history (e.g. the highlands vs. the lowlands), but it’s what people believe and how they act that’s key.Read more ›
Although it was interesting, it was hard to read for multiple reasons. Firslty, the author decided to start Scotland history with the formation of continents. So it takes a while before we talk about Celts and Scotts. Secondly, the narrative is hard to follow. Between the lack of dates to guide us and the tendency of the author to jump from one thing to the other, I was sometimes lost.
What I really liked about this book however was how much Neil oliver stayed close to history. He stated what history remembered of some ancients events or historical figure and sayed what was lost and uncertain.
So, overall, I liked what I learned from the book, but found reading it was a strenuous experience.
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Who knew you could find a history book that was actually a page-turner. Read this from front to back and couldn't stop. Will read it again. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jenny Bee
This book is a good source for reviewing and confirming information made available in Neil Oliver's TV series seen on Vancouver public broadcasting. Read morePublished on July 18 2013 by colleen johnston