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A list of key readings about Scotland.
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  • Keating, Michael. The Government of Scotland (2005)
  • Keay, John and Keay, Julia, eds. Collins Encyclopedia of Scotland. (2nd ed. 2001). 1102 pp.
  • Lynch, Peter. Scottish Government and Politics (2nd ed 2006)
  • Lynch, Peter. SNP: The History of the Scottish National Party. Welsh Academic Press, 2002. 267 pp.
  • McCrone, David. Understanding Scotland: The Sociology of a Nation (2001) excerpt and text search; online edition
  • Macleod, Iseabail, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Scotland. (2004). 400 pp.
  • Phillips, Jim. The Industrial Politics of Devolution: Scotland in the 1960s and 1970s (2008)
  • Schoene, Berthold. The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature (2007), 560pp
  • Shelby, Barry. Scotland For Dummies (4th ed 2007), a travel guide excerpt and text search
  • Wright, Ale. Who Governs Scotland (2005) excerpt and text search


see the bibliography under Scotland, history


  • Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. A Dictionary of Scottish History. (1977).
  • Donnachie, Ian and George Hewitt. Dictionary of Scottish History. (2001). 384 pp. ISBN 0-00-714710-4
  • Ewan, Elisabeth et al eds. The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women: From the Earliest Times to 2004. (2006)
  • Lynch, Michael, ed. The Oxford Companion to Scottish History. (2007). 732 pp. excerpt and text search
  • McNeill, Peter G.B. and Hector L. MacQueen, eds. Atlas of Scottish History to 1707. Edinburgh: The Scottish Medievalists and Department of Geography, 1996.
  • Panton, Kenneth J. and Keith A. Cowlard. Historical Dictionary of the United Kingdom. Vol. 2: Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Scarecrow, 1998. 465 pp.

General histories

  • Houston, R.A. and W. Knox (eds), New Penguin History of Scotland, (2001). ISBN 0-14-026367-5
  • Mackie, J. D., Bruce Lenman, and Geoffrey Parker. A History of Scotland (1984) excerpt and text search
  • MacLean, Fitzroy, and Magnus Linklater. Scotland: A Concise History (2nd ed. 2001) excerpt and text search
  • Magnusson, Magnus. Scotland: The Story of a Nation. (2001). 752 pp.
  • Mitchison, Rosalind. A History of Scotland Routledge: 3rd ed 2002, 468pp online edition
  • Paterson, Judy, and Sally J. Collins. The History of Scotland for Children (2000)
  • Smout, T.C., A History of the Scottish People, 1969
  • Tabraham, Chris, and Colin Baxter. The Illustrated History of Scotland (2004) excerpt and text search
  • Watson, Fiona. Scotland; From Prehistory to the Present. Tempus, 2003. 286 pp.
  • Wormald, Jenny, The New History of Scotland (2005) excerpt and text search

Surveys since 1700

  • Devine, T.M. Scotland's Empire, 1600-1815, (2003). ISBN 0-713-99498-3
  • Devine. T. M. The Scottish Nation: A History, 1700-2000 (2001) magistral excerpt and text search
  • Devine, Tom, Clive Lee, and George Peden. The Transformation of Scotland: The Economy since 1700 (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Ferguson, W. Scotland: 1689 to the Present Day (1968), Edinburgh History of Scotland
  • Finlay, Richard J. Modern Scotland, 1914-2000. (2006). 424 pp.
  • McCaffrey, John F. Scotland in the Nineteenth Century (1998) 156pp

Cultural studies

  • Abrams, Eleanor et al. Gender in Scottish History Since 1700 (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Anderson, R. D. Education and the Scottish People, 1750-1918. Oxford U. Press, 1995. 337 pp.
  • Browen, Ian, ed. The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (3 vol 2006)
  • Brown, Callum G. Religion and Society in Scotland since 1707. (1997). 219 pp.
  • Burleigh, J.H.S. A Church History of Scotland (1962), short and impartial
  • Daiches, David. A Companion to Scottish Culture (1982) online edition
  • Dwyer, John. The Age of the Passions: An Interpretation of Adam Smith and Scottish Enlightenment Culture. (1998). 205 pp.
  • Ferguson, William. The Identity of the Scottish Nation: An Historic Quest (1998) online edition
  • Glendinning, Miles, Ranald MacInnes, Aonghus MacKechnie. A History of Scottish Architecture: From the Renaissance to the Present Day (1996) online edition
  • Hardy, Forsyth. Scotland in Film 1990 online edition
  • Harris, Nathaniel. Heritage of Scotland: A Cultural History of Scotland and Its People. Facts on File, 2000. 159 pp.
  • Levack, Brian. Scottish Witch Hunting: Law, Politics and Religion (2007)
  • McDonald, R. A., ed. History, Literature and Music in Scotland, 700-1560. (2002). 243 pp.
  • Mackenzie, D.A. Scottish Folklore and Folklife. (1935).
  • McEwan, Peter J. M. Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture. Wappingers Falls, N.Y.: Antique Collectors Club, 1995. 626 pp.
  • McNeill, F. Marion, The Silver Bough (volume 1: Scottish Folk-Lore and Folk-Belief), 1989. ISBN 0-86241-231-5
  • Petrie, Duncan. Screening Scotland. BFI, 2000. 250 pp. on films
  • Porter, James. "The Folklore of Northern Scotland: Five Discourses on Cultural Representation." Folklore vol. 109. 1998. pp 1+ online edition
  • Ritchie, Anna and Graham Ritchie. Scotland: An Oxford Archaeological Guide (1998) online edition
  • Schoene, Berthold. The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature (2007), 560pp
  • Smith, Bill and Skipwith, Selina. A History of Scottish Art. Merrell, 2003. 288 pp.
  • Todd, Margo. The Culture of Protestantism in Early Modern Scotland. (2002). 450 pp.
  • Walker, Marshall. Scottish Literature since 1707. (1997). 443 pp.
  • Whatley, Christopher A. Scottish Society, 1707-1830: Beyond Jacobitism, toward Industrialisation. (2000). 354 pp.
  • Withers, Charles W. J. Geography, Science, and National Identity: Scotland since 1520. (2001). 312 pp.

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