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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In this , Hamilton expressed his regret at ' everie thing that wydens the differences
betwixt the two kingdoms ... they ar not good Brittains who would make a treaty
difficult'.86 This was not just one man's talk . On the evening of 1 September ...
There was , however , in Lockhart's words , ' a great Inclination in the House to
set a Treaty on Foot ' . The treaty was to be about a union . What was at issue
now was the form it would take and whether the Scots could obtain from it their
... in the light of Mar's involvement , that concern that this highly lucrative business
– reputedly one of the most profitable in pre - union Scotland – would be a victim
of incorporation , probably accounts for some of the opposition to the treaty .
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Issues debates and aims
ambition and achievement and the aftermath of
a nation in crisis
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