Scotland has a fascinating history; Robert Burns, Bonnie Prince Charlie, kilts, bagpipes, glens, lochs, Nessie, and haggis are just some of the elements that make up its past and present culture. Harris, author of a similar book on Ireland (Heritage of Ireland) and the creator of the "Day That Made History" children's historical series, compresses the essence of Scotland into a brief but insightful overview of the land and its people. Outlining the history of the country, from the mysterious Picts to its recent struggle for a parliament of its own, Harris admirably manages to cover all the important highlights of Scotland's past, such as the effects of the Reformation and the Enlightenment and the importance of myth and legend. Slightly oversized but appropriately peppered with lovely color photographs and illustrations, this book would be a beautiful, up-to-date addition to any library's collection on Scotland and its history. Recommended for public libraries.--Sandy Knowles, Henderson Cty. P.L., NC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
YA-Lavishly illustrated, this oversized book integrates history, topography, climate, and culture to demonstrate the unique Scottish identity. The land itself with its variety of landscapes is the first topic discussed. Many YAs will have at least a passing acquaintance with some aspects of this country's history, specifically that of Macbeth, William Wallace, and Robert Bruce, due to literature study and current movies. However, to do in-depth research on these historical figures, students will have to turn to other sources. Chapters on traditional Scotland, literature, and arts and entertainment also contain references to items familiar to many such as clan, tartan, and kilt, and to favorite sons such as Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. This brief, insightful overview captures the very essence of this country's rich cultural heritage.-Carol Clark, formerly at Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Harris (author of many books on history and the arts) examines how history, topography, climate, and culture have worked together to create a distinctive Scottish identity. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of day-to-day life from agriculture and warfare to art and religion, as well as great figures of Scotland's past such as William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, Sir Walter Scott and Alexander Bell. Other topics include the Celts, Scots, and Picts and the formation of the Scottish nation, the importance of myth and legend, language and literature, architecture, and tradition and change. The volume contains numerous color and b&w illustrations. Oversize: 9x12<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
If breathtaking scenery and colorful history excites someone on your gift list, you can’t do much better than Scotland. Checkmark Books has captured the majesty and mystery of this gorgeous country in Heritage of Scotland.
Slightly oversized but appropriately peppered with lovely color photographs
and illustrations, this book would be a beautiful, up-to-date addition to
any library's collection on Scotland and its history. (May
. . .A delight to read. Well-illustrated, packed to the brim with stunning
photography and entirely readable, Heritage of Scotland looks set to grace
many a coffee table . . . and rightly so.