A People's History of Scotland

A People's History of Scotland

by Chris Bambery


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A People's History of Scotland by Chris Bambery

A People’s History of Scotland looks beyond the kings and queens, the battles and bloody defeats of the past. It captures the history that matters today, stories of freedom fighters, suffragettes, the workers of Red Clydeside, and the hardship and protest of the treacherous Thatcher era.

With riveting storytelling, Chris Bambery recounts the struggles for nationhood. He charts the lives of Scots who changed the world, as well as those who fought for the cause of ordinary people at home, from the poets Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid to campaigners such as John Maclean and Helen Crawfurd.

This is a passionate cry for more than just independence but also for a nation based on social justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786637871
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Sales rank: 1,192,837
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Chris Bambery is a writer, broadcaster, TV producer and founding member of the International Socialist Group in Scotland. For many years he was the Secretary of the British Socialist Worker Party. He is the author of Scotland: Class and Nation (1999), A Rebel's Guide to Gramsci (2006), The Second World War: A Marxist History (2013).

Table of Contents

1 Scotland Emerges 1

2 The Wars of Independence 17

3 Reformation and the War of the Three Kingdoms 32

4 Union, Jacobites and Popular Unrest 51

5 Enlightenment and Capitalism 68

Rebel Lives: Robert Burns 79

6 Radicals and Chartists 83

7 The Highland Clearances and Resistance 107

8 Scotland in the Nineteenth Century 117

Rebel Lives: James Connolly 138

9 The Clyde Runs Red 142

Rebel Lives: John Maclean 159

10 The 1920s: Economic Decline and General Strike 164

Rebel Lives: Helen Crawfurd 188

11 The Great Depression: Suffering and Resistance 192

Rebel Lives: Hugh MacDiarmid 214

12 World War II arid After 220

Rebel Lives: Mary Brooksbank 240

13 The 1970s: When Workers Won 244

14 The Thatcher Years 256

15 Twenty-First-Century Scotland 293

Conclusion: Our Destiny Is In Our Hands 316

Acknowledgements 327

Notes 329

Index 363

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Jason_A_Greer More than 1 year ago
A People's History of Scotland is an ok ok history of Scottish organized labor in the 20th century, with a long preamble of the previous history of Scotland. I read this to understand better why Scotland's politics were traditionally left of center and the rise of the Scottish National Party. While I believe this work does explain that perspective decently enough, it often fails to account for all the people of Scotland, even in the 20th century, and the pressures internal and external. The author does a decent job of citing songs and poetry as part of profiles of individuals. Because the focus of this book is on left of center politics, individuals in traditional communities tend to get overlooked, whether in traditional churches or communities.