A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1600 to 1800

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Elizabeth A. Foyster, Christopher A. Whatley
Edinburgh University Press, 2010 - History - 334 pages
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.

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About the author (2010)

Elizabeth Foyster is Senior College Lecturer and Fellow in History at Clare College, University of Cambridge.
Christopher A. Whatley is Professor of Scottish History, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Dundee.

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