Scotland: Defending the Nation

Mapping the Military Landscape

Carolyn Anderson, Chris Fleet

A magnificent full-colour collection of military maps of Scotland, spanning a period of 500 years, and covering all parts of the country.
Date Published :
December 2018
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Illustration :
Color throughout
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ISBN : 9781780274935
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.85 X 9.7 inches
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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 extraordinary rich legacy of Scottish military mapping, showing and explaining the variety of military maps produced for different purposes, including fortification plans, reconnaissance mapping, battle plans, military roads and route-way plans,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. Many of these maps are both striking and attractive, and have been selected for the particular stories they tell about attacking and defending the country.

About The Author

Carolyn Anderson completed a PhD on the Board of Ordnance military mapping of Scotland in 2010. Prior to this she was a cartographic editor at Oxford University Press. She continues to work in educational publishing and academic research.

Christopher Fleet joined the National Library of Scotland in 1994. He has written and spoken widely on digital mapping and on maps of Scotland, and is a co-author of Scotland: Mapping the Nation (Birlinn, 2011), Edinburgh: Mapping the City (Birlinn, 2014) and Scotland: Mapping the Islands (2016).

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