Saturday, February 4, 2012

New Book on Modern Scottish History

While looking for one book, I tripped across this one, The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History, edited by T.M. Devine and Jenny Wormald. It has recently been published in the UK (on here) and ought to be available in the US on 15 April 2012.

This volume is greatly needed in the field of Scottish History as it collects the vast amount of research completed within the past three decades. The contributors to the volume comprise a veritable who's who of Modern (1500-present) Scottish History. Many are those I knew when I was lived in Glasgow: Colin Kidd, James Coleman, Karin Bowie, Alexander Broadie, and Richard Finlay. There are several chapters on migration (T.M. Devine, Steve Murdoch, Ester Mijers, Angela McCarthy and Ben Braber) and one on the Clearances (Robert Dodgshon). The volume is divided into five sections; the first is thematic, the next four are chronological. More details are available from Oxford University Press here.

The book looks fabulous and I would love to support the work of these scholars. The catch is that the book is currently listed at $152.57. Seriously. $152.57. Even the Kindle price is $120. I suppose I, like may of you, will have to hope we can get this book through inter-library loan.

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