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Roots of union: ambition and achievement and the aftermath of the revolution

Christopher A. Whatley

in The Scots and the Union

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780748616855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672271 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616855.003.0005
Roots of union: ambition and achievement and the aftermath of the revolution

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This chapter examines the background to the Union of 1707. The early focus is on the Scottish economic, its strengths, weaknesses and the challenges at a time when elsewhere in Europe rulers were seeking to bolster their states’ economies and military power. The implications of the Revolution of 1688-89 are considered, in particular the rule of William (and Mary) and the significance of William’s apparent disregard for Scottish sensitivities.

Keywords: ‘Glorious’ Revolution; Economy; Mercantilism; William (of Orange) and Mary; Shipping; Sea power

Chapter.  17877 words. 

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