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Introduction

T. M. Devine and Jenny Wormald

in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199563692
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199563692.013.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

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This book explores the history of modern Scotland from the Renaissance and Reformation periods rather than the previous conventional starting points, such as the Union of 1707 or the later seventeenth century. It demonstrates that there are long-run social, religious, and intellectual forces that shaped the modern Scottish nation which cannot be fully understood without reaching back in time to the sixteenth century. The book also examines the existing trend towards the internationalization of Scottish history by including articles on emigration, immigration, and empire. Contributors are historians in their respective fields, such as geography, political science, literature, and sociology. There are also articles on environment, myth, family, criminality and violence, gender, contemporary society, and economy.

Keywords: Scotland; Renaissance; Reformation; emigration; immigration; empire; family; gender; economy

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Subjects: History ; Methods and Historiography

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