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Book Cover The Companion To Scottish History
Written by Ian Donnachie, George Hewitt & Robert Clyde
Published by Dunedin Multimedia Ltd.
CD-Rom   1996  

A Windows and Macintosh- compatible multimedia CD-ROM, The Companion to Scottish History is the interactive resource for instant facts on Scotland's past. With over 500 concise, alphabetically-listed articles on all aspects of Scottish History from the 1500s to the present day, The Companion is an essential reference tool for researchers, students, schools, libraries and Scottish history buffs everywhere. Each article is cross-referenced with links to related topics to facilitate detailed searches. All text can be printed out. The disc contains over 100 primary sources such as treaties, official reports, correspondence, newspaper extracts, songs and poetry. Included are parliamentary acts and reports, and letters, both private and state; eg Stanley's account of his meeting Livingstone, 1871; the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, 1587; orders for the Glencoe Massacre of 1692, the Treaty of Union, 1707 - and many more. Primary sources can also be printed out. Visual highlights include animated sequences - Henry Bell's Comet, the Maiden guillotine, the Calvalcade Procession at the opening of the Scottish Parliament; digital video film clips include the construction of the Forth Road Bridge, 1960, Newhaven fishwives, Edinburgh city centre, 1956, and the salt industry at Prestonpans. An enlargement feature available on many landscape images lets you explore the New Town of Edinburgh in the 18th century with accompanying sound track, or check-out Glasgow's Trongate where the Tobacco Lords strolled. Complex issues (church history, the Jacobites, Highland Clearances, industrialisation, etc.) receive extended coverage. The Companion features a user friendly interface and a tutorial. Navigation tools easily take you forwards or back to the previous screen, or to the A-Z panel; whilst a slide-out window presents thematically linked articles which can be accessed in a click. Volume control allows you to alter sound, and the interface includes a helpful date/time feature. The Companion is designed to interact like a friend!

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