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Conceiving a Nation: Scotland to 900 AD

Gilbert Márkus


This book offers a history of ‘Scotland’ before Scotland existed, and before people even thought of this area as a single ‘country’. It traces the emergence and disappearance of various ethnic and political groups from Roman times till circa AD 900, and their shifting relationships. But it also calls into question what are often seen as straightforward and obvious concepts such as ‘ethnicity’, ‘Christian conversion’, ‘law’. While following a broad chronological narrative over nine centuries, and dealing with political and large-scale developments, it also explores in some depth the culture ... More

Keywords: Roman empire, ‘Celtic’ identities, ethnic identity-formation, Christianisation, social organisation, kingship, ways of reading

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780748678983
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gilbert Márkus, author
University of Glasgow