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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By 1707 only 18 per cent of mainland Scotland was further than 20 kilometres
from such a centre . In 1672 , by partly removing the ' anachronistic ' monopoly
the royal burghs had of overseas trade , Parliament provided a long overdue fillip
Further west , the baillies and town council of Paisley also argued that their poor
condition was due to the burgh's having been ' much exposed to quarterings ' as
well as the expense of maintaining a frequently used prison . Burntisland's ...
He was evidently moved to reconsider his position following suggestions made to
him that he would receive no further payments of his arrears , which amounted to
almost £ 5,000 , and he quickly returned to the unionist camp . " 17 But ...
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Issues debates and aims
ambition and achievement and the aftermath of
a nation in crisis
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