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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The numbers of MPs proposed for the united kingdom Parliament then – ten
peers for the House of Lords , and fifteen ... although another proposal from
Scotland , possibly dating from 1702 , suggests a figure of 100 , sixty for the
42 At the end of August Hamilton had proposed , and lost , a clause that the
union to be treated for , ' should in no Ways derogate from any fundamental Laws
, ancient Privileges , Offices , Rights , Liberties and the Dignities of this Nation ' ...
The multiconfessional state that was being proposed was not only novel but also
highly risky , given the dislike there was in England for Scottish presbyterianism
and its association with social levelling . It was at this time too that fears that the ...
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Issues debates and aims
ambition and achievement and the aftermath of
a nation in crisis
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