Scotland: Defending the Nation


by Carolyn Anderson and Christopher Fleet

‘Charts the fascinating story of our nation’s conflicts, a significant contribution to the work of this country’s historians’ – The National

‘Full of unexpected historical insights, gloriously illustrated. This is a book to be savoured’ –Shetland Times

Hardback: 232 pages

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd., 2018

Language: English

SKU: 9781780274935 Categories: , Tags: , ,

Scotland has had a uniquely important military history over the last five centuries. Conflict with England in the 16th century, Jacobite rebellions in the 18th century, 20th-century defences and the two world wars, as well as the Cold War, all resulted in significant cartographic activity.

In this book, two map experts explore the extraordinarily rich legacy of Scottish military mapping, including fortification plans, reconnaissance mapping, battle plans, plans of military roads and routeways, tactical maps, plans of mines, enemy maps showing targets, as well as plans showing the construction of defences. In addition to plans, elevations and views, they also discuss unrealised proposals and projected schemes. Most of the maps – some of them reproduced in book form for the first time – are visually striking and attractive, and all have been selected for the particular stories they tell about defending the nation.


Additional information

Dimensions 25.6 × 2.8 × 25.7 cm

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