Collins Encyclopedia of Scotland

Collins Encyclopedia of Scotland

by John Keay, Julia Keay
     
 

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This irresistibly readable guide to all things Scottish treats every aspect of Scotland's past: her people, arts, industries, environment, and continuing traditions. To sample its comprehensive coverage -- in the 30-odd entries between crannogs (loch dwellings) and cudbear (a violet powder used to dye silk and wool), lurk the ambivalent crossbill; A.J. Cronin; Crathes… See more details below

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This irresistibly readable guide to all things Scottish treats every aspect of Scotland's past: her people, arts, industries, environment, and continuing traditions. To sample its comprehensive coverage -- in the 30-odd entries between crannogs (loch dwellings) and cudbear (a violet powder used to dye silk and wool), lurk the ambivalent crossbill; A.J. Cronin; Crathes and Crookston Castles; James "the Admirable" Crichton; and a brief history of crofting. Includes 4,000 entries on a host of topics -- including clans, regiments, politics, aesthetic movements, shipbuilding, sports, heraldry, and whiskey -- of interest to those of Scottish descent or lovers of Scotland. 500 black-and-whtie illustrations.

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Zom Zoms
In this volume prepared in the U.K. there is no entry for "Scot", "Scotland", "Scots" (except for "Scots Guards"), or "Scotch" (which, however, is described thoroughly under "Whisky", with a clear distinction between Scottish whisky and Irish whiskey). Some broad entries are found, such as "Agriculture", "Climate", "Geology", "Law", and "Population", but none for art, commerce, communications, medicine, transportation (though there is one on railways), or for schools and universities. There are no entries for food, except "Haggis". Pronunciation, which would be useful for an American audience, is seldom given. For example, no pronunciation is provided for "Glamis" (usually pronounced "Glahmz" ), nor for "Berwick" ("Berrik" ). There are no entries under such words as "Ben" (Mount), "Firth" (Bay), and "Loch", which precludes an entry under "L" for the Loch Ness Monster, who is listed under "Nessie". Ben Nevis, Loch Lomond, etc., are found under the second word Despite these editorial peculiarities, the volume contains a wealth of information about Scottish history, famous Scots of the past, and interesting castles, cathedrals, and forts, as well as golf, football, horseracing, and the wearing of tartans. About 500 black-and-white illustrations accompany nearly 4,000 entries. Biographical and topographical entries predominate, but the longest are for major cities. The entry "Glasgow" has more than 36 pages, and "Edinburgh", about 65. There are about 120 contributors to the work, so some minor discrepancies are bound to occur. The article "St. Margaret" states that she built a chapel for herself on Edinburgh's Castle Rock, but elsewhere it is stated that it was not built until after her death The work does a good job of providing information about Scottish people, places, history, and way of life, past and present. The reader should be warned that the editorial policy is for specific entries rather than generalized ones, and that the index is useful for cross-referencing. With this proviso, the work is recommended.
Booknews
Popular. Focuses on factors which lower disease susceptibility and promote good health. Winick is director, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Diminished by the lack of bibliographic references. Some 100 specialists contributed to this comprehensive, detailed, alphabetical reference which contains some 4,000 entries (and 500 illustrations) on Scotland's history, people, arts, industries, environments, and enduring traditions. People, their institutions, and their activities were selected on the basis of Scottish provenance or association, and there are entries on individual architects, artists, botanists, Covenanters, educationalists, engineers, explorers, inventors, Jacobites, kings and queens, missionaries, poets, scientists, soldiers, sportsmen, and surgeons, among others. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007103539
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
1102
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 10.08(h) x 2.40(d)

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