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The Scots and the Union By Christopher A. Whatley

The Scots and the Union by Christopher A. Whatley

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This book traces the background to the Treaty of Union of 1707, explains why it happened and assesses its impact on Scottish society, including the bitter struggle with the Jacobites for acceptance of the union in the two decades that followed its inauguration.

The Scots and the Union Summary

The Scots and the Union by Christopher A. Whatley

This book traces the background to the Treaty of Union of 1707, explains why it happened and assesses its impact on Scottish society, including the bitter struggle with the Jacobites for acceptance of the union in the two decades that followed its inauguration. The book offers a radical new interpretation of the causes of union. The idea that the Scots were 'bought and sold for English gold' is largely rejected. Instead, emphasis is placed upon the international, dynastic and religious contexts in which the union was negotiated. The aggressive France of Louis XIV, the imagined threat posed by the church of Rome, and the real one represented by the Stuart pretender, loomed large in the consciousnesses of Scots who sought union. The principles of the Glorious Revolution, and the persistence from that time on of key political figures in Scotland in their determination to secure a treaty with England were crucial. Unionists too concerned themselves with Scotland's ailing economy, and aspired to the kind of civic society that Holland had become and that they saw in London. They were as patriotic as many of their opponents and believed that union offered the Scots what they were unable to obtain as a small independent state, with the country's interests defended with what John Clerk called Scotland's 'phantom' Parliament. The complex and shifting opinions of the Scottish people outside Parliament are also examined, as well as the effect this had on proceedings within. Key features New controversial interpretation - challenges currently dominant view that the Scots were 'bought and sold for English gold', and bullied into union with England. Wide-ranging; topic coverage comprehensive - looks more widely at Scottish society and its economy, culture etc. than the competition Timely/topical: contemporary interest in this event in Scottish/British history, especially 2007

The Scots and the Union Reviews

This is an important and finely argued book. It brings an infusion of new evidence to bear on the old question of the causes of the Union of 1707. From it emerges a fresh interpretation of the birth of Great Britain, controversial but fairminded, solidly supported by scholarship. Everyone who seriously wants to understand how and why modern Scotland came into being should read it. -- T. C. Smout, Historiographer Royal in Scotland Scholarly, judicious and readable, The Scots and the Union convincingly demythologises the history of the event that was to change the course of Scottish history. Christopher Whatley's account of the political world that gave birth to the Union will make uncomfortable reading for some. But it will provide many more with the sort of history they have been waiting for, for a very long time. For future historians, the history of the Union starts here. -- Nicholas Phillipson, School of History and Classics, Edinburgh University Whatley's careful research, spliced with fascinating detail, reveals the sophisticated politics used by these Scots and reclaims them as patriots. It is a magnificent study of the politics of the time. ... Whatley has done the history of the period a great service, stripping away the myths and revealing sophisticated people making sophisticated decisions. -- Ruaridh Nicoll The Observer The publication of this book marks an important historiographical development for a mature understanding and appreciation of the events and issues relating to the 1707 union. It can now be regarded as the leading work on 1707... Our understanding of 1707 has been taken to a new level. ... Whatley's book should be compulsory reading for all MSPs and media commentators, irrespective of their own political party allegiances and viewpoints, and for anyone who has an interest in Scottish history. -- John R. Young Scottish Review of Books The book's careful weighing of the evidence, standing back and thinking about the silences and the biases of the past, pays dividends. The Scots and the Union offers the most complete and nuanced account of the state of the Scottish economy in the period between the Revolution of 1688 and the Union of 1707... -- John Morrill FBA Times Higher Education A mejor reinterpretation of the Union underpinned by a great deal of original research. -- Times Litterary supplement History: The Journal of the Historical Association This is an important and finely argued book. It brings an infusion of new evidence to bear on the old question of the causes of the Union of 1707. From it emerges a fresh interpretation of the birth of Great Britain, controversial but fairminded, solidly supported by scholarship. Everyone who seriously wants to understand how and why modern Scotland came into being should read it. Scholarly, judicious and readable, The Scots and the Union convincingly demythologises the history of the event that was to change the course of Scottish history. Christopher Whatley's account of the political world that gave birth to the Union will make uncomfortable reading for some. But it will provide many more with the sort of history they have been waiting for, for a very long time. For future historians, the history of the Union starts here. Whatley's careful research, spliced with fascinating detail, reveals the sophisticated politics used by these Scots and reclaims them as patriots. It is a magnificent study of the politics of the time. ... Whatley has done the history of the period a great service, stripping away the myths and revealing sophisticated people making sophisticated decisions. The publication of this book marks an important historiographical development for a mature understanding and appreciation of the events and issues relating to the 1707 union. It can now be regarded as the leading work on 1707... Our understanding of 1707 has been taken to a new level. ... Whatley's book should be compulsory reading for all MSPs and media commentators, irrespective of their own political party allegiances and viewpoints, and for anyone who has an interest in Scottish history. The book's careful weighing of the evidence, standing back and thinking about the silences and the biases of the past, pays dividends. The Scots and the Union offers the most complete and nuanced account of the state of the Scottish economy in the period between the Revolution of 1688 and the Union of 1707... A mejor reinterpretation of the Union underpinned by a great deal of original research.

About Christopher A. Whatley

Christopher A. Whatley is Professor of Scottish History, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Dundee. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he is currently co-editor of the four-volume History of Everyday Life in Scotland series (to be published by Edinburgh University Press).

Table of Contents

Note on Style, and Abbreviations; List of Plates; Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction: Contrasting and changing receptions of the union of 1707; 1: Issues, debates and aims; 2: Scotland under the union of the crowns to the Revolution of 1688-89:; searching for the roots of union; 3: Roots: ambition and achievement and the aftermath of Revolution; 4: The 1690s: a nation in crisis; 5: 'The most neglected and opprest State in Europe'? Confrontations and the; search for compromise, 1700-1705; 6: Digging Scotland out: Parliament and the reconstruction of the pathway; towards union, 1705-6; 7: Paving the way: the union commissioners and the hearts and minds of the; People; 8: 'An affair of the greatest concern and import': the union Parliament and; the Scottish nation; 9: Union in the balance, union accomplished; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

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GOR006026548
The Scots and the Union by Christopher A. Whatley
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Edinburgh University Press
2006-10-20
440
0748616853
9780748616855
Winner of Saltire Society/Gillespie Macandrew Scottish History Book of the Year 2007
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