A new and revised B format edition of this well known and successful publication. Scotland as a nation has always been under test. It has always done things in its own way, and this is what makes the country’s history so fascinating. Over four thousand years ago, its Stone Age inhabitants were among the most advanced builders in Europe. About two thousand years ago, the Romans knew it was wiser to build a wall than attempt conquest. A thousand years ago, Scotland was one of the first medieval European kingdoms to emerge as a political unity from the Dark Ages. The descendants of those first Scots still inhabit the country. This original and immensely readable history charts the long, painful, sometimes tragic, often inspiring process that has formed the Scottish people of today.