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Scotland and the Union 1707-2007

Edited by Tom M. Devine

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Written by the cream of academic talent in modern Scottish history and politics, this book provides a comprehensive examination of the past, present and future prospects of the Anglo-Scottish Union. A scholarly but accessible read, its contributors do not shy away from the controversies surrounding the Union. Their cutting-edge research is presented in a lucid style, serving as an excellent introduction to some key aspects of the Anglo-Scottish relationship between 1707 and 2007.

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About the Author

T. M. Devine is Sir William Fraser Professor Emeritus of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh. Author and editor of many books on Scottish history and related subjects, he is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy. In 2014 he was knighted for services to the study of Scottish history and he is the only historian to have been awarded the Royal Gold Medal, Scotland's supreme academic accolade, by the HM The Queen on the recommendation of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


This stimulating volume deals with the past, present and future of the parliamentary union of 1707... It demonstrates that the issue of the incorporating union of 1707 is still a hotly debated subject among historians as to its negiotiation, its merits and its possible collapse.
- W. W. Knox, University of St Andrews, Contemporary British History
'This book provides an essential road map to a matter of vital public concern. Devine's outstanding team of historians and political scientists offer authoritative coverage of the Union from its origins to the present - with suggestions of its possible futures.'Professor Colin Kidd, University of Glasgow
- Colin Kidd
Whether or not the Union has a future, this book shows that scottish historical writing has a certain and great one.
- Owen Dudley Edwards, The Sunday Herald
Devine is to be congratulated for bringing together some excellent contributors, and for his own essays which give coherence to the collection, often lacking in these ventures.
- Patrick Geoghegan, Scottish Review of Books
'Scotland and the Union combines timeliness with bite. It should be read with the closest attention in both countries as the Westminster and Edinburgh parliaments increasingly talk past each other.'Professor Peter Hennessy, Queen Mary, University of London
- Peter Hennessy