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  • 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.

Recent history

  • Hassan, Gerry ed. The Scottish Labour Party: History, Institutions and Ideas. (2004) 255pp. ISBN 0 7486 1784 1. stress is post 1950
  • Paterson, Lindsay, et al. Living in Scotland: social and economic change since 1980 (2004) 236pp. ISBN 074861785X.

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. T. M. and Rosalind Mitchison, eds. A Social History of Modern Scotland (3 vol 1988_
  • Devine, Tom, Clive Lee, and George Peden. The Transformation of Scotland: The Economy since 1700 (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Ferguson, Willian. 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

Pre-history and Roman period

Formation of kingdom and middle ages

  • Armstrong, David. The Kingdom of Scotland in the Middle Ages 400-1450 (Heinemann Scottish History) (2002)
  • Barrell, A. D. M. Medieval Scotland (2000) excerpt and tetx search; online edition
  • Barrow, G.W.S. Kingship and Unity, Scotland 1000-1316 (1981), in The New History of Scotland
  • Barrow, Geoffrey. Robert Bruce: And the Community of the Realm of Scotland (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Brown, Michael. The Wars of Scotland, 1214-1371 (2004), New Edinburgh History of Scotland, vol 4
  • Dickinson, W.C. Scotland from the Earliest Times to 1603 (3rd edition, 1977) online edition
  • Duncan, A.A.M. Scotland: the Making of the Kingdom (1975), Edinburgh History of Scotland
  • Grant, Alexander. Independence and Nationhood: Scotland 1306-1469 (1991), New History of Scotland. excerpt and text search
  • Oram, Richard D. Domination and Lordship: Scotland 1070-1230 (2003), New Edinburgh History of Scotland, vol 3
  • Sadler, John, Border Fury: England and Scotland at War, 1296-1568. (2005). 617 pp. ISBN 1-4058-4022-6

Reformation to Union

  • Barone, Michael, Our First Revolution: the Remarkable British Upheaval that Inspired America's Founding Fathers (2007). ISBN 978-1-4000-9792-0
  • Dawson, Jane. Reform and Re-creation Scotland, 1488-1587 (2006), New Edinburgh History of Scotland, vol 6
  • Donaldson, Gordon. Scotland: James V to James VII (1965), Edinburgh History of Scotland
  • Goodare, Julian. The Government of Scotland, 1560-1625. 2004. 342 pp.
  • Larner, Christina. Enemies of God: the Witch-Hunt in Scotland (1981), the standard scholarly history
  • Marshall, Rosalind K. John Knox. (2000). 244 pp.
  • Maxwell-Stuart, P.G. An Abundance of Witches: The Great Scottish Witch-Hunt. (2005) 254pp. ISBN 0 7524 3329 6; highly detailed coverage of cases;
  • Nicholson, Ranald. Scotland: the Later Middle Ages (1974), Edinburgh History of Scotland
  • Stevenson, David, The Scottish Revolution, 1637-44, (2003). ISBN 0-85976-585-7
  • Warnicke, Retha M. Mary Queen of Scots. (2006). 304 pp.
  • Whatley, Christopher A., and Derek J. Partick. The Scots and the Union (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Wormald, Jenny. Court, Kirk and Community, Scotland 1470-1625 (1981), in The New History of Scotland excerpt and text search

Enlightenment, 18th century

  • Berry, Christopher J. The Social Theory of the Scottish Enlightenment (1997) excerpt and text search
  • Broadie, Alexander. The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment (2003) complete online edition; also excerpt and text search
  • Broadie, Alexander, ed. The Scottish Enlightenment: An Anthology (1998), primary sources. excerpt and text search
  • Buchan, James, Crowded with Genius: the Scottish Enlightenment; Edinburgh's Moment of the Mind (2003). ISBN 0-06-055889-X excerpt and text search
  • Campbell, R. H. and Andrew S. Skinner, eds. The Origins and Nature of the Scottish Enlightenment (1982), 12 essays by scholars, esp. on history of science
  • Daiches, David, Peter Jones and Jean Jones. A Hotbed of Genius: The Scottish Enlightenment, 1730-1790 (1986), 170pp; well-illustrated introduction
  • Davidson, Neil, Discovering the Scottish Revolution, 1692-1746, Pluto Press, London, England (2003). ISBN 0-7453-2053-8
  • Devine, T.M., Clanship to Crofters' War: the Social Transformation of the Scottish Highlands, (1994). ISBN 0-7190-3482-5
  • Goldie, Mark. "The Scottish Catholic Enlightenment," The Journal of British Studies Vol. 30, No. 1 (Jan., 1991), pp. 20-62 in JSTOR
  • Graham, Gordon. "Morality and Feeling in the Scottish Enlightenment," Philosophy Vol. 76, No. 296 (Apr., 2001), pp. 271-282 in JSTOR
  • Hamilton, H. An Economic History of Scotland in the Eighteenth Century (1963)
  • Hamilton, Douglas J. Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World, 1750-–1820. (2005) 249pp. ISBN 0 7190 7182 8
  • Harvie, Christopher. Scotland and Nationalism: Scottish Society and Politics 1707 to the Present (2004) excerpt and text search online edition
  • Hemingway, Andrew. "The 'Sociology' of Taste in the Scottish Enlightenment," Oxford Art Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2 (1989), pp. 3-35 in JSTOR
  • Herman, Arthur. How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It. (2001). 384 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Hont, Istvan, and Michael Ignatieff. Wealth and Virtue: The Shaping of Political Economy in the Scottish Enlightenment (1986) excerpt and text search
  • Hopfl, H. M. "From Savage to Scotsman: Conjectural History in the Scottish Enlightenment," The Journal of British Studies, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Spring, 1978), pp. 19-40 in JSTOR
  • Howe, Daniel Walker. "Why the Scottish Enlightenment Was Useful to the Framers of the American Constitution," Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 31, No. 3 (Jul., 1989), pp. 572-587 in JSTOR
  • Lenman, Bruce P. Integration and Enlightenment: Scotland, 1746-1832 (1993) New History of Scotland excerpt and text search
  • Ottenberg, June C. "Musical Currents of the Scottish Enlightenment," International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music Vol. 9, No. 1 (Jun., 1978), pp. 99-109 in JSTOR
  • Phillipson, N.T. and Mitchison, Rosalind, eds. Scotland in the Age of Improvement, (1996). ISBN 0-7486-0876-1
  • Robertson, John. The Case for the Enlightenment: Scotland and Naples 1680-1760 (2005)
  • Swingewood, Alan. "Origins of Sociology: The Case of the Scottish Enlightenment," The British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Jun., 1970), pp. 164-180 in JSTOR
  • Withers, Charles W. J. and Wood, Paul, eds. Science and Medicine in the Scottish Enlightenment. (2002). 364 pp.
  • Wood, P., ed. The Scottish Enlightenment: Essays in Reinterpretation (2000)

Specialty periods

  • Anderson, A.O. Early Sources of Scottish History (2 vol 1922)
  • Breitenbach, Esther, and Eleanor Gordon. Women in Scottish Society 1800-1945 (1992) online edition
  • Burton, John Hill. The History of Scotland: Volume 1 (2000) excerpt and text search
  • Campbell, Alan. The Scottish Miners, 1874-1939. Vol. 2: Trade Unions and Politics. (2000). 433 pp.
  • Campbell, R.H., and J.B.A. Dow. A Source Book of Scottish Economic and Social History (1968)
  • Checkland, O. and S. Checkland. Industry and Ethos: Scotland 1832 - 1914 (1989), New History of Scotland excerpt and text search
  • Ewan, Elizabeth and Meikle, Maureen M., eds. Women in Scotland, c. 1100-c. 1750. (1999). 272 pp.
  • Gordon, William M. Roman Law, Scots Law and Legal History (2007), 352pp
  • Harvie, Christopher. No Gods and Precious Few Heroes: Twentieth-Century Scotland (1993) online edition
  • Hood, John. John Brown Engineering: power contractors to the world. (2004) 115pp, makers of heavy-duty gas turbines closed in 2001
  • Laslett, John H. M. Colliers across the Sea: A Comparative Study of Class Formation in Scotland and the American Midwest, 1830-1924. (2000). 314 pp. focus on coal miners
  • MacDonald, Catriona M. M. and McFarland, E. W. Scotland and the Great War. 1999. 200 pp. World War I
  • Smout, T. C., Alan R. MacDonald, and Fiona Watson. A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920 (2007)
  • Turnock, David. Historical geography of Scotland since 1707: geographical aspects of modernisation (1982)
  • Weir, Ronald B. The History of the Distillers Company, 1877-1939: Diversification and Growth in Whisky and Chemicals. (1996). 417 pp.

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
  • Dingwall, Helen M. Famous and flourishing society: the history of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1505-2005. (2005) 350pp. ISBN 0 7486 1567
  • 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.
  • Lawrence, Christopher. Rockefeller money, the laboratory, and medicine in Edinburgh, 1919-1930: new science in an old country. (2005) 373pp. ISBN 1 58046 195 6
  • 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
  • Menikoff, Barry. Narrating Scotland: the Imagination of Robert Louis Stevenson. (2005) 233pp. ISBN 1 57003 568 7
  • Pelling, Margaret, ed. Practice of reform in health, medicine, and science, 1500-2000 (2005)
  • 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.