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Scotland's Future History

Scotland's Future History

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Scotland’s history is changing. What picture of the Scottish past should we pass on to future generations?

Stuart McHardy takes a revolutionary approach to interpreting the past. He shows that future generations will understand Scottish history in a fundamentally different light thanks to recent and future developments in archaeology, folklore and oral history.

A whistle-stop tour from prehistoric times to the present day, Scotland’s Future History unlocks a vision that is free from the kinds of distortion, bias and error that have plagued our understanding for centuries.

What if prehistoric Scotland was not some dark, remote land populated by barbarians, but was actually home to a highly sophisticated civilisation? What if the Scots never came from Ireland? What if Scotland never fought any ‘Wars of Independence’? What if Culloden wasn’t the end of the Jacobites?

What should Scotland’s future history be?

Title Scotland's Future History
Author Stuart McHardy
ISBN 9781910021415
eISBN 9781910324301
Binding Paperback
Author Bio STUART MCHARDY is a writer, historical scholar, poet, musician, folklorist and renowned lecturer about Scottish history and culture, at home as well as abroad. His unique understanding of tradition comes from a thorough immersion in the storytelling arts and history alike. Former President of the Pictish Arts Society and the Director of the Scots Language Resource Centre, McHardy has occupied lead positions with organisations working towards the aim of rediscovering Scottish national identity.
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Scotland's history is changing.

But what picture of the Scottish past should we pass on to future generations?

Stuart McHardy takes a revolutionary approach to interpreting the past showing us how future generations will understand Scottish history in a fundamentally different light thanks to recent and future developments in archaeology, folklore and oral history.

A whistle-stop tour from prehistoric times to the present day, Scotland’s Future History unlocks a vision of Scotland’s history that is free from the kinds of distortion, bias and error that have plagued our understanding for centuries.

What if prehistoric Scotland was not some dark, remote land populated by barbarians, but was actually home to a highly sophisticated civilisation? What if the Scots never came from Ireland? What if Scotland never fought any ‘Wars of Independence’? What if Culloden wasn’t the end of the Jacobites?

What should Scotland’s future history be?

Reviews In the last few years the battle for Scotland’s future has led some to argue that Scotland, apparently unique among nations, has misplaced its present because it has been reliving an ‘inaccurate’ past, a mythical version of itself. This is quite ridiculous given that all nations relive an inaccurate and mythical version of their past. Stuart McHardy looks for the roots of Scotland’s future by digging through its past. I suspect this book will make many people question what they currently assume.

ROBIN McALPINE
BIC Subject History
BISAC Subject HISTORY
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