Aberdeen Before 1800 - A New History, by E Dennison, David Ditchburn and Michael Lynch

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Aberdeen Before 1800 - A New History, by E Dennison, David Ditchburn and Michael Lynch
Published by Tuckwell Press in 2002, 515 pages. Paperback (S8295YWSO)

From the rear side cover: This is by far the. most rounded account of any Scottish town in either the medieval or early modern period. As such, it is of immense importance both for urban historians and for those interested in Scotland's history more generally. The contributors have exploited the unique riches of Aberdeen City Archives, which are not only the earliest substantial burgh archive but also, because of their sheer size, one of the least explored. The result is a wide-ranging study of one of Scotland's most important towns over the course of seven centuries. The volume brings together the work of 24 scholars, and its content encompasses local, regional and national politics, as well as disease and death, culture, the economy, education and religion. These themes are examined in the setting of the town itself, but also in the context of the town's relationships with both the surrounding hinterland and the wider world. This makes it indispensable as a study of the north-east as a whole as well as of the two burghs - of Old and New Aberdeen. The book is distinguished by the richness and colour it brings to a surprisingly intimate picture of ordinary Aberdonians - whether in their daily lives, in the town's last great confrontation with plague, its never-ending battle with venereal disease or its risky Jacobite sympathies. 

The condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, and some light creasing and wear along the edges and corners (including a tiny amount of wear across the bottom left corner of the rear side cover), but the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.