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 overall little was gained , and certainly less than was necessary , even
though some foundations had been laid for future development . Thus individual
merchants and merchant partnerships in Scotland did manage to prosper by
139 Government was not entirely to blame : the shortfall in the excise to pay for
the army establishment ( allegedly £ 50,000 less than it should have been by
1701 ) was in part due to the straitened economic conditions of the later 169os .
Less than happy were some of those owed monies for equipping regiments and
their army service ; six years after the union , lord Strathnaver's wife could take
little comfort from the advice that , ' there is no other help but patience seeing my
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Issues debates and aims
ambition and achievement and the aftermath of
a nation in crisis
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