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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Indeed there is a case for saying that the union of 1707 was - in the eyes of some
of its key supporters – a component of what has been termed the “ economic
politics ' of preunion Scotland . 95 Political economy was a powerful driving force
Previously ( ten years ago ) , there had at least been enough buoyancy in the
economy to make us live easy ' , whereas ... and the ongoing and in some
respects the worsening economic difficulties of the early eighteenth century , is of
Cullen , L. and Smout , T. C. , eds ( 1977 ) , Comparative Aspects of Scottish &
Irish Economic and Social History , 1600-1900 , Edinburgh . Cummings , A. J. G.
and Devine , T. M. , eds ( 1994 ) , Industry , Business and Society in Scotland
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Issues debates and aims
ambition and achievement and the aftermath of
a nation in crisis
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