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Scottish History: The Power of the Past

Edward J Cowan and Richard J Finlay


This book examines the power of the past upon the present. It shows how generations of Scots have exploited and reshaped history to meet the needs of a series of presents, from the conquest of the Picts to the refounding of Parliament. The individual chapters address a broad range of topics: the violent manipulations of the past in medieval Scotland; the well-entrenched assumptions about the Scottish Reformation; the transformation of ‘Highland barbarism’ into ‘Gaelicism’; the ‘Killing Times’ of the covenanters; the seventeenth century fashion for creative family history; the victims of Pictom ... More

Keywords: Scottish history, Scots, Scottish Reformation, Picts, Gaelicism, Jacobitism, Scotland, Ulster

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780748614196
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward J Cowan, author

Richard J Finlay, author