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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Voices in favour were to be heard again in Scotland just prior to the duke of
Gloucester's death , as a means of improving the country's economic
circumstances in the wake of the Darien disaster , the tragic outcome of what was
Scotland's most ...
Well - suited as the Scottish climate and soil were for oat production ,
graingrowing was not the most obvious means of raising estate income . Across
Europe , grain prices were flat in the second half of the seventeenth century . The
Dutch , by ...
who to an unprecedented degree were impressed men , conscripts and
convicted criminals without any means of support , posed similar problems south
of the border where , too , a crime wave ensued.64 Nonetheless rising crime
levels in the ...
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Issues debates and aims
ambition and achievement and the aftermath of
a nation in crisis
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