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A History of Everyday Life in Scotland: 1600-1800

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This book explores the ordinary daily routines, behaviours, experiences and beliefs of the Scottish people during a period of immense political, social and economic change. It underlines the importance of the church in post-Reformation Scottish society, but also highlights aspects of everyday life that remained the same, or similar, notwithstanding the efforts of the kirk, employers and the state to alter behaviours and attitudes.

Drawing upon and interrogating a range of ...

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Overview

This book explores the ordinary daily routines, behaviours, experiences and beliefs of the Scottish people during a period of immense political, social and economic change. It underlines the importance of the church in post-Reformation Scottish society, but also highlights aspects of everyday life that remained the same, or similar, notwithstanding the efforts of the kirk, employers and the state to alter behaviours and attitudes.

Drawing upon and interrogating a range of primary sources, the authors create a richly coloured, finely nuanced picture of the lives of ordinary Scots from birth through marriage to death. Analytical in approach, the book's coverage of topics is wide, ranging from the ways people made a living, through their non-work activities including reading, playing and relationships, to the ways they experienced illness and approached death.

This volume:

Provides a rich social history of the period 1600-1800

Gets behind the politics of Union and Jacobitism, and the experience of agricultural and industrial 'revolution'

Presents the scholarly expertise of its contributing authors in an accessible way

Includes a guide to further reading indicating sources for further study

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748619658
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2010
  • Series: History of Everyday Life in Scotland Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,156,794
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Foyster is Senior College Lecturer and Fellow in History at the Clare College, University of Cambridge Christopher Whatley is Professor of Scottish History at the University of Dundee

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Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

Acknowledgements

Series Editors' Foreword Elizabeth Foyster Foyster, Elizabeth

Introduction: Recovering the Everyday in Early Modern Scotland Christopher A. Whatley Whatley, Christopher A. 1

1. Everyday Structures, Rhythms and Spaces of the Scottish Countryside Robert A. Dodgshon Dodgshon, Robert A. 27

2. Improvement and Modernisation in Everyday Enlightenment Scotland Charles McKean McKean, Charles 51

3. Death, Birth and Marriage in Early Modern Scotland Deborah A. Symonds Symonds, Deborah A. 83

4. Illness, Disease and Pain Helen M. Dingwall Dingwall, Helen M. 108

5. Necessities: Food and Clothing in the Long Eighteenth Century Stana Nenadic Nenadic, Stana 137

6. Communicating Bob Harris Harris, Bob 164

7. Order and Disorder Christopher A. Whatley Whatley, Christopher A. 191

8. Sensory Experiences: Smells, Sounds and Touch Elizabeth Foyster Foyster, Elizabeth 217

9. Beliefs, Religions, Fears and Neuroses Joyce Miller Miller, Joyce 234

10. Movement, Transport and Travel Alastari Durie Durie, Alastari 252

11. Work, Time and Pastimes Christopher A. Whatley Whatley, Christopher A. 273

Annotated Bibliography 304

Notes on the Contributors 316

Index 319

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