The Scots and the Union
An updated edition on the 1707 Union between Scotland and England in a modern context
The Scots and the Union: Then and Now is a refreshed, revised and extended edition of The Scots and the Union, which appeared in 2006. It was acclaimed then as a path-breaking, game-changing account of the making of the United Kingdom, and the Scots' part in this. Winner of the Saltire Society's prestigious Scottish History Book of the Year prize, it successfully challenged accounts of the process that alleged that the union was brought about by English bullying and the venality of Scottish politicians 'bought and sold for English gold'.
This new edition not only provides readers with an essential explanation of why and how Scotland became part of the United Kingdom, but brings the historical debate into a vigorous present with an additional section. An explanation is provided as to why the union is less strong in 2014 than it was in the 1950s and also why, in comparison with citizens in some other smaller European nations which have become independent states in recent times, large numbers of Scots seem reluctant to see the end of Britain.
This new edition is the key background text for anyone wishing to explore how we got to the position where we are once again debating union issues and opinions, lending historical weight and context to the arguments for and against union.
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Reproduced by permission , Scottish National Portrait Gallery Plate 8 John
Campbell , second duke of Argyll and Greenwich ( 1680–1743 ) , by William
Aikman Like Queensberry , the duke of Argyll has been harshly treated by
historians , and ...
The queen and her advisers turned instead to John Campbell , the twenty - five
year - old , English - born son of the first duke of Argyll , to whose title as the
second duke he had succeeded on his father's death in 1703. Much has been
made of ...
Documentary evidence emanating from Argyll's pen is hard to come by , but there
is sufficient material available to allow us to treat with some scepticism the claim
that he was indifferent to the political outcome of his period in office , that he ...
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Issues debates and aims
ambition and achievement and the aftermath of
a nation in crisis
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