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Impaled Upon a Thistle: Scotland Since 1880

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This closing volume of the ten-volume New Edinburgh History of Scotland analyses in detail the transformation of Scotland from the Victorian period - dominated by the Liberal party, the Presbyterian churches, the British empire and heavy industry - to contemporary times in which the industrial economy, the empire and the dominance of Presbyterianism are things of the past.

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This closing volume of the ten-volume New Edinburgh History of Scotland analyses in detail the transformation of Scotland from the Victorian period - dominated by the Liberal party, the Presbyterian churches, the British empire and heavy industry - to contemporary times in which the industrial economy, the empire and the dominance of Presbyterianism are things of the past.

Like the period it describes, this book has politics at its heart. It deals with the rise of the Labour party since the 1880s; the success of the Conservative party in the 1950s and its subsequent decline; the development of nationalism; the long and complex process leading to the creation of the Scottish parliament in 1998/9; and the 2007 Scottish parliamentary election. Ewen Cameron 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 - from a Scottish perspective.

Cameron devotes particular attention to the period of enormous change since 1945. Considerable change has taken place within the Anglo-Scottish Union and the volume seeks to explain why this political settlement survived the twentieth century. Underlying the history is the evolution and growth of national self-confidence and identity which fundamentally affected Scotland's destiny in the last century. The book ends with a consideration of how such forces may continue to transform it in this one.

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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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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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