History of Scotland


A little over nine percent of the U.S. population is of
Scottish descent, according to a 2004 estimate. Perhaps
because of this, many of us have a smattering of knowledge
of Scottish history, but much of that is encumbered
with myths and gaps. Scottish history offers extremes —
Europe’s poorest country at times when it had one of the
best educated populations. This population, in the 18th
and 19th centuries, made crucial contributions to science,
philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce
and politics. This course will explore Scotland’s history
from its earliest recorded period by the Romans to the
current choices it faces today in the post-Brexit world.


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