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The Autonomy of Modern Scotland

Lindsay Paterson

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How much independence can a small country like Scotland have? Lindsay Paterson argues that throughout the last 300 years the nature of Scottish independence has changed frequently. While nationalists have successfully challenged old forms of autonomy, pragmatic unionists have influenced the outcome of these protests, negotiating workable compromises with England and the wider world.

About the Author

Lindsay Paterson is Professor of Educational Policy at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on the expansion and purposes of higher education, on social mobility, on the relationship between education and civic values, on the twentieth-century history of Scottish education, and on Scottish politics. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


Lindsay Paterson offers an intelligent, stimulating perspective on a highly topical issue ... This scholarly exposition roams widely and effectively across politics, history, culture and religion ... this is a timelyand welcome intervention.
- Robert Pyper
Every so often a book comes along which changes the way we look at things. Such a book is Lindsay Paterson’s. Ought to be on the reading list of all students of Scottish politics, history and sociology as well as politicians, administrators, lawyers …
Despite its absolute reasonableness of tone this book is a profoundly subversive document.
- David Stenhouse
Impressive sophistication and scholarship.