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  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141981574
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $30.00
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Independence or Union

Scotland's Past and Scotland's Present



The story of the Anglo-Scottish relationship by Scotland's premier historian

There can be no relationship in Europe's history more creative, significant, vexed and uneasy than that between Scotland and England. From the Middle Ages onwards the island of Britain has been shaped by the unique dynamic between Edinburgh and London, exchanging inhabitants, monarchs, money and ideas, sometimes in a spirit of friendship and at others in a spirit of murderous dislike.

Tom Devine's seminal new book explores this extraordinary history in all its ambiguity, from the seventeenth century to the present. When not undermining each other with invading armies, both Scotland and England have broadly benefitted from each other's presence - indeed for long periods of time nobody questioned the union which joined them. But as Devine makes clear, it has for the most part been a relationship based on consent, not force, on mutual advantage, rather than antagonism - and it has always held the possibility of a political parting of the ways.

With the United Kingdom under a level of scrutiny unmatched since the eighteenth century Independence or Union is the essential guide.

  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141981574
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $30.00
Categories:

Praise for Independence or Union

Brilliant

Kevin McKenna, Observer

The nation's foremost and most popular historian . . . this is his best book to date, required reading and a perfect example of why history matters

Alan Taylor, The Herald

This is analytical, synthetic, argumentative history at its best; it slays lazy myths and tells us the "why" of a momentous story every intelligent Briton ought to understand . . . cracking

Andrew Marr, Sunday Times

This work, which tells the story of Scotland from union in 1707 to the present day . . . sketches a complex and detailed history, bringing new life and fresh perspectives to old stories

John McTernan, Prospect

Masterly . . . combines passionate conviction with deep learning . . . enlivened by a sharp sense of humour

Alvin Jackson, The Tablet

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