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Houston, R. A. (Robert Allan) 1954-

Overview
Works: 55 works in 311 publications in 3 languages and 7,816 library holdings
Genres: History  Cross-cultural studies  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator, Publishing director
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Most widely held works by R. A Houston
Scotland : a very short introduction by R. A Houston( )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scotland's past is too often seen through a film of myths and misconceptions. In this Very Short Introduction, Rab Houston explores the key themes from more than 1,000 years of Scotland's very real and very fascinating history. Covering everything from the Jacobites to devolution to the modern economy, this concise account presents a fully-integrated picture of Scottish society, culture, politics and religion. Houston examines a range of important subjects, including how an independent Scottish nation emerged in the Middle Ages, how it was irrevocably altered by Reformation, how links with England and economic change have affected Scotland, and how Scotland has in turn influenced the development of the modern world. The book shows as well why Scotland's history has made it distinct from England, both before and after Union, and why it has today arrived at a political, social and cultural watershed. Authoritative, lucid, and ranging widely over issues of environment, people, and identity, this is Scotland's story without myths: an ideal introduction for those interested in the Scots, but also a balanced yet refreshing challenge to those who already feel at home in Scotland past and present
Literacy in early modern Europe : culture and education, 1500-1800 by R. A Houston( )

55 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 1,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noting that in the Europe of 1500 few people could read and write but that by 1800 the era of mass literacy had arrived, this book documents that momentous critical change and its implications. Using as a base a wide-range analytical survey, the book explores the place of literacy and education in social structures and social change in Europe between the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. It draws examples from all over the continent, and concentrates on the experiences of ordinary men and women, rather than just the privileged, exceptional few. Central themes in the book are: (1) the nature of education in early modern Europe; (2) the extent of reading and writing among the population; and (3) the uses to which literacy was put. The book points out that the ways in which education and literacy relate to political, economic, and social structures are both more complex and more revealing than is usually allowed. In combining analysis with factual detail in a clear and direct presentation (and using material from all European languages), the book presents an absorbing and vivid social history of early modern Europe itself. An extensive bibliography concludes the book. (Nka)
Scottish society, 1500-1800( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years scholars have begun to ask new and exciting questions about the lives of the ordinary people of Scotland in the centuries before the Industrial Revolution. The essays in this volume, written by some of the foremost figures in Scottish social history, cover many significant themes in pre-industrial Scottish society: poverty, diet, social organisation and change, urban development, population mobility and the status of women. The editors have provided an introductory overview of Scottish society analysing such topics as population, social structure, law and order, religion and popular culture. The approach throughout is a comparative one aimed at highlighting both the similarities and the distinctive features of Scottish society when compared with those of the rest of the British Isles and continental Europe. Two concluding chapters provide insights from specialists on Irish and English society into how Scotland fits into the context of 'British' social development
The population history of Britain and Ireland, 1500-1750 by R. A Houston( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bride ales and penny weddings : recreations, reciprocity, and regions in Britain from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century by R. A Houston( )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some of the poorest regions of historic Britain had some of its most vibrant festivities. Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, the peoples of northern England, Lowland Scotland, and Wales used extensive celebrations at events such as marriage, along with reciprocal exchange of gifts, to emote a sense of belonging to their locality. Bride Ales and Penny Weddings looks at regionally distinctive practices of giving and receiving wedding gifts in order to understand social networks and community attitudes. Communities relied on negotiation, compromise, and agreement to create and re-create consensus around more or less shared values, expressed in traditions of hospitality and generosity. Ranging across issues of trust and neighbourliness, recreation and leisure, eating and drinking, order and authority, personal lives and public attitudes, R.A. Houston explores many areas of interest not only to social historians, but also literary scholars of the British Isles
The new Penguin history of Scotland : from the earliest times to the present day by R. A Houston( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on research from a wide range of disciplines as well as history - archaeology, social sciences, economics, science, religion and literature - this is a comprehensive history of Scotland's peopled past from the scarcely documented Neolithic period to the parliament of 2000
Scottish literacy and the Scottish identity : illiteracy and society in Scotland and Northern England, 1600-1800 by R. A Houston( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scottish education and literacy have achieved a legendary status. A campaign promoted by church and state between 1560 and 1696 is said to have produced the most literate population in the early modern world. This book sets out to test this belief by comparing the ability to read and write in Scotland with northern England in particular and with Europe and North America in general. It combines extensive statistical analysis with qualitative and theoretical discussion to produce an important argument about the significance of literacy and education for the individual and society of relevance not just to the Scottish experience but to a far broader social and geographical area
Social change in the Age of Enlightenment : Edinburgh, 1660-1760 by R. A Houston( Book )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is a major contribution not only to Scottish but also to British history
Madness and society in eighteenth-century Scotland by R. A Houston( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Professor Houston draws upon a wide range of contemporary sources, notable asylum documents, and civil and criminal court records, to present unique insights into the issues around madness, including the law of mental incapacity, the written and spoken words of sufferers themselves, and the vocabulary associated with insanity. The links between madness and a range of other issues are explored, including gender, social status, religion and witchcraft, in addition to the attributed causes of derangement such as heredity and alcohol abuse."--Jacket
Punishing the dead? : suicide, lordship, and community in Britain, 1500-1830 by R. A Houston( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An original work that shows how treatments of and attitudes towards suicide can illuminate our understanding of the social, political, and cultural history of early modern Britain
Autism in history : the case of Hugh Blair of Borgue by R. A Houston( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This case study is the result of a unique collaboration between a social historian and a cognitive scientist. It examines the enigmatic case of Hugh Blair, an eighteenth century Scottish 'laird' or landowner, whose arranged marriage was annulled on the grounds of his mental incapacity. Through an in-depth study of the evidence surrounding the case, the authors conclude that Blair, who was classed at the time as a 'fool', was in fact autistic."--Jacket
Peasant petitions : social relations and economic life on landed estates, 1600-1850 by R. A Houston( )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines the structures and texture of rural social relationships, using one type of document found in abundance over all the four component parts of Britain and Ireland: petitions from tenants to their landlords. Exploring the authorship, form, and style of more than 2,000 petitions as well as their content, and looking at variations in petitioning as a communication strategy, it uses requests for help to understand the diverse material and social lives of those who worked the land in an era of profound change. Ranging over the many practices of lordship and estate management, the book offers unexpected angles on many aspects of society and economy on estates in north-west England, the Highland margin of Scotland, the north of Ireland, and Wales. Broad in geographical and chronological scope, it integrates, compares, and contrasts the experience of the rural population in different parts of the British Isles. Primarily social and cultural in focus, it also extends understandings of local, regional, and national histories."--
The coroners of Northern Britain c. 1300-1700 by R. A Houston( )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the last 800 years coroners have been important in England's legal and political landscape, best known as investigators of sudden, suspicious, or unexplained death. In contrast, historians have largely ignored, misunderstood, or dismissed the office of coroner in Scotland. Contrary to popular belief, Scotland had coroners, but their functions were quite different from their English namesakes. Against the background of the coroner's role in historic England, this book explains how sudden death was investigated by magistrates in Scotland. It explores how Scottish coroners functioned as executive judicial officers, who serviced criminal circuit courts. They were men of action who dealt primarily with living miscreants and their assets, while also having other tasks, including quasi-military roles. The book explains their place in late medieval and early modern Scottish justice and how, over time, they were side-lined by changes in the constitution of courts and in legal procedures, becoming obsolete in the eighteenth century. Finally, it draws intriguing parallels between the distinctive role of coroners in the north of England and Wales, prior to the seventeenth century, and their counterparts in Scotland. It is a study in legal history, which also sheds valuable light on social, administrative, and political formations in the component parts of historic Britain. It provides essential historical background for understanding the work of coroners in the modern world
Conflict, identity and economic development : Ireland and Scotland, 1600-1939( Book )

5 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new Penguin history of Scotland( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Records of a Scottish village : Lasswade, 1650-1750 by R. A Houston( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This publication consists of one booklet which serves as a guide to 6 microfiches
Records of a Scottish village( Book )

5 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of Scotland : from the earliest times to the present day by R. A Houston( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the earliest times to the present day by R. A Houston( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on research from a wide range of disciplines, including archaeology, economics, science, religion and literature, this is a history of Scotland's peopled past from the Neolithic period to the parliment of 2000
A treatise on light by Robert Alexander Houstoun( Book )

5 editions published between 1921 and 1938 in English and Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Scottish society, 1500-1800
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Literacy in early modern Europe : culture and education, 1500-1800Scottish society, 1500-1800The population history of Britain and Ireland, 1500-1750The new Penguin history of Scotland : from the earliest times to the present dayScottish literacy and the Scottish identity : illiteracy and society in Scotland and Northern England, 1600-1800Madness and society in eighteenth-century ScotlandPunishing the dead? : suicide, lordship, and community in Britain, 1500-1830Autism in history : the case of Hugh Blair of Borgue
Alternative Names
Houston R.A.

Houston, R.A. 1954-

Houston, R. A. (Robert Allan)

Houston Rab

Houston, Rab 1954-

Houston, Robert A.

Houston, Robert A. 1954-

Houston , Robert Allan

Houston, Robert Allan 1954-

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English (253)

Italian (9)

Spanish (1)