The survival of the Scots union, 1707–1997

Alvin Jackson

in The Two Unions

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593996
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731419 | DOI:
The survival of the Scots union, 1707–1997

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This chapter examines the longevity of the union state in Scotland. The Anglo-Scots union has thrived on the strength of a great range of relationships and institutions, spreading its roots and its liabilities widely and intricately. It has, in its time, successfully attached Scottish patriotism to the broader British and union cause. It has provided a framework within which an effective and lasting British identity has emerged. The union has survived individual blows of devastating proportions: epically bloody wars, economic freefall, and the dissolution of empire. This survival and longevity is ultimately to be explained by the diversity of its support.

Keywords: Anglo-Scots union; union state; Scottish patriotism; British identity

Chapter.  25141 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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