Scotland's history was not always one with British
history, and is set perhaps to become more separate
again. Scotland was at one stage an important player
within Europe and also within what was the British
Empire. However, the understanding of Scottish
history has for centuries been obscured by the
dominance of English or `British' history.
Drawing on her years of experience in teaching history
students who are bewildered by the daunting task of
tying Scottish dates and events into what they know of
the wider world, Anna Groundwater has developed a
comparative timeline which acts as an accessible point
Standard textbooks can explain specific events, but
students repeatedly complain about becoming bogged
down in excessively detailed reading. Scotland Connected
is a user-friendly and thought-provoking guide to the
key events in Scottish, British and world history, readily
demonstrating the connections between the three.
DR ANNA GROUNDWATER currently lectures in early modern Scottish and British History at the University of Edinburgh, where she is Co-ordinator for Graduate Training in History. She is the author of several publications on Scottish history including within the popular history magazine History Scotland, and acts as a consultant to TV history programmes, appearances including on the BBC series Scotland's Clans. Her recent research includes work on a recent-ly discovered manuscript account of the celebrated Jacobean playwright Ben Jonson's epic walk to Scotland in 1618, to be published shortly.