Impaled Upon a Thistle: Scotland Since 1880

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Ewen Cameron explores the political debate between unionism, liberalism, socialism and nationalism, and the changing political relationship between Scotland and the United Kingdom. He sets Scottish experience alongside the Irish, Welsh and European, and considers British dimensions of historical change—involvement in two world wars, imperial growth and decline, for example - from a Scottish perspective. He relates political events to trends and movements in the economy, culture and society of the nation's ...

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Overview

Ewen Cameron explores the political debate between unionism, liberalism, socialism and nationalism, and the changing political relationship between Scotland and the United Kingdom. He sets Scottish experience alongside the Irish, Welsh and European, and considers British dimensions of historical change—involvement in two world wars, imperial growth and decline, for example - from a Scottish perspective. He relates political events to trends and movements in the economy, culture and society of the nation's regions—borders, lowlands, highlands, and islands. Underlying the history, and sometimes impelling its ambitions, are the evolution and growth of national self-confidence and identity which fundamentally affected Scotland's destiny in the last century. Dr Cameron ends by considering how such forces may transform it in this one. Like the period it describes this book has politics at its heart. The recent upsurge of scholarship and publication, backed by the author's extensive primary research, underpin its vivid and well-paced narrative.

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The research is superb, and the full, up-to-date bibliography alone makes this book worth the price... Essential.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748613151
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Series: New Edinburgh History of Scotland Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,362,192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ewen Cameron is Reader in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh

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Table of Contents

Tables and Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

General Editor's Preface

Introduction 1

PART ONE

Chapter 1 Progress and Poverty Scottish Society, 1880 to 1914 9

Chapter 2 Enterprise and Initiative: The Scottish Economy, 1880 to 1939 35

Chapter 3 'An Exuberant Verbosity': Scottish Politics in the 1880s 54

Chapter 4 'Volcanic Upheavals': Scottish Politics before the Great War 79

Chapter 5 'Ower the Hill': Scotland and the Great War 102

Chapter 6 Poverty without Progress? Scottish Society in the Inter-War Period 125

Chapter 7 'Miracles and Politics Don't Mix': Political Change in the Inter-war Period 150

Chapter 8 Total War, 1939 to 1945 175

PART TWO

Chapter 9 The Social Revolution: Scottish Society since 1945 201

Chapter 10 The End of Industrial Scotland: The Economy since 1945 236

Chapter 11 Unionist Scotland: Politics, 1945 to 1970 263

Chapter 12 The 1970s: A Decade of Scottish Politics 289

Chapter 13 Mothering Devolution: Scottish Politics, 1979 to 1997 320

Chapter 14 New Labour, New Parliament, New Scotland? 349

Bibliography 372

Index 421

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