A History of Everyday Life in Scotland: 1600-1800

A History of Everyday Life in Scotland: 1600-1800

by Christopher A. Whatley, Elizabeth Foyster


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This book explores the ordinary daily routines, behaviours, experiences and beliefs of the Scottish people during a period of immense political, social and economic change. It underlines the importance of the church in post-Reformation Scottish society, but also highlights aspects of everyday life that remained the same, or similar, notwithstanding the efforts of the kirk, employers and the state to alter behaviours and attitudes.

Drawing upon and interrogating a range of primary sources, the authors create a richly coloured, finely nuanced picture of the lives of ordinary Scots from birth through marriage to death. Analytical in approach, the book's coverage of topics is wide, ranging from the ways people made a living, through their non-work activities including reading, playing and relationships, to the ways they experienced illness and approached death.

This volume:

Provides a rich social history of the period 1600-1800

Gets behind the politics of Union and Jacobitism, and the experience of agricultural and industrial 'revolution'

Presents the scholarly expertise of its contributing authors in an accessible way

Includes a guide to further reading indicating sources for further study

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748619658
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 05/07/2010
Series: History of Everyday Life in Scotland Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,123,640
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Foyster is Senior College Lecturer and Fellow in History at the Clare College, University of Cambridge Christopher Whatley is Professor of Scottish History at the University of Dundee

Table of Contents

List of Tables vi

List of Figures vii

Acknowledgements ix

Series Editors' Foreword Christopher A. Whatley Elizabeth Foyster xi

Introduction: Recovering the Everyday in Early Modern Scotland Elizabeth Foyster Christopher A. Whatley 1

1 Everyday Structures, Rhythms and Spaces of the Scottish Countryside Robert A. Dodgshon 27

2 Improvement and Modernisation in Everyday Enlightenment Scotland Charles McKean 51

3 Death, Birth and Marriage in Early Modern Scotland Deborah A. Symonds 83

4 Illness, Disease and Pain Helen M. Dingwall 108

5 Necessities: Food and Clothing in the Long Eighteenth Century Stana Nenadic 137

6 Communicating Bob Harris 164

7 Order and Disorder Christopher A. Whatley 191

8 Sensory Experiences: Smells, Sounds and Touch Elizabeth Foyster 217

9 Beliefs, Religions, Fears and Neuroses Joyce Miller 234

10 Movement, Transport and Travel Alastair Durie 252

11 Work, Time and Pastimes Christopher A. Whatley 273

Annotated Bibliography 304

Notes on the Contributors 316

Index 319

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