When the Scottish Parliament sat in Edinburgh for the first time in nearly three hundred years it was the climax of Europe's most peaceable and legalistic national movement. But dull it wasn't. In war and peace, from Empire to Europe, through the rise and fall of industry, the cause of self-government has been endlessly reinvented and remodelled, sometimes surviving more as a poetic fashion rather than as a political campaign. But it got there in the end.
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It was a long march to Scottish devolution, but a new history of the cause is a pacy, captivating account of the struggle … This is a book that rattles along in good style. It will inform the uninformed and remind even scarred veterans of the highlights, of the order of events on the road to a Scottish parliament. It is a long trail, starting with Macpherson's Ossian and moving on to the Disruption before chasing energetically through to contemporary times ... The picture captions [are] lively and combine with the illustrations to add to the entertainment. There is also a touch of Picture Post journalism, and it's none the worse for that ... it is, as advertised, a panorama, images of Scotland's cause ... an attractive attempt to record the public face of the strange and complex politics of our time.
This will have a significant appeal to the general public since it brings together - and comments on - familiar images in an accessible form
Together, these books give a reader a wealth of infromation about the events and forces that culminated in a devolved Scotland and which may drive that land yet further away from Westminster control.(reviewed with Scottish Popular Politics by W. Hamish Fraser and Claiming Scotland by Jonathan Hearn, all EUP)