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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.
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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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.