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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Yet Queensberry's passage to political triumph , capped by his journey to London
in 1707 and the honours that followed , was a rough one and included his
humiliating dismissal from his post as the queen's commissioner in Scotland at
Plate 7 James Douglas , second duke of Queensberry ( 1662–1711 ) , artist
unknown The ' Union Duke ' , leader of one of the four great magnate interests in
Scotland , Queensberry seems to have been disliked by Queen Anne . He was a
They did , after all , consider themselves to be reasonable men too , but not if it
meant an alliance with Queensberry , who was disliked at court anyway but who
was heartily detested by the new party , against whom some of Queensberry's ...
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Issues debates and aims
ambition and achievement and the aftermath of
a nation in crisis
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