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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CHAPTER FOUR The 1690s : a nation in crisis The previous chapter included an
outline of the main features of and trends in Scotland's economic history over the
course of the seventeenth century ; weaknesses and the extent to which ...
It is intended in this chapter to demonstrate that while the worst of the crisis was
over by 1700 , the fallout from the disasters of the 1690s was considerably longer
- lasting . The population had been slashed from just over 1.23 million in 1691 to
80 Few then looked on union other than with trepidation , and even moderate
churchmen like Carstares had had to be reminded of the bigger international
dimension - outlined in the previous chapter – before they were won over .
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Issues debates and aims
ambition and achievement and the aftermath of
a nation in crisis
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