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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Several burghs returned as commissioners lord provosts who were of noble rank
, or lairds , and some were ... Attendance could be poor , no more so than in the
case of the burgh of Kirkwall , which was represented only once in the first six ...
the problem ( the burgh had been 50,000 merks in the red in the autumn of 1704
) was necessarily recorded in the burgh's minute book , thereby providing for the
historian a rare insight into public health conditions in one early eighteenth ...
the sinfulness of the people , the cleansing of which would induce Scotland's
salvation , not union.53 At first sight , the addresses drawn up by the burghs ,
which generally included the usual declarations about Scottish liberties and the
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Issues debates and aims
ambition and achievement and the aftermath of
a nation in crisis
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