Scotland: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
The small Scottish nation has left a big mark on the planet, andthe Scots are well aware of it! Proud and easily hurt, kindly andbellicose, prudent businessmen and wild gamblers, producing some ofthe best food in the world and eating some of the worst, bigotedand free-spirited, tightfisted and generous-hearted—the Scots arenothing if not contrary.This book will show you how the geography of the country hasshaped the Scottish people, in all their variety. It explains whytheir history is important to them, and gives an insight into theirvalues and attitudes, their home life, their business practices,their faults and virtues, their world view and beliefs. It offerspractical advice on what to expect and how to behave in differentcircumstances.Whilst there are certainly important differences in characterbetween Highlanders, Lowlanders and Glaswegians, there are alsonational traits that are held dear by all. The typical Scottish manor woman of today may be a busy townie with the usualcommunications and labor-saving paraphernalia of the twenty-firstcentury, but the simple communal life and the quiet, old-fashioned,religious ways of the tall, relaxed, slow-speakingHighlanders—their music, their Gaelic heritage, and theawe-inspiring beauty and stillness of the Highlands—are idyllsprofoundly embedded in the Scottish psyche.If you show a real interest in their lives, if you are honestand “your own man” (or woman), and if you respect theirsensitivities, you will find the Scots as affable as they have longbeen known to be.