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Three Hundred Years of the Anglo-Scottish Union

Edited by T.M. Devine

in Scotland and the Union 1707-2007

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635412
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672202 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635412.003.0001
Three Hundred Years of the Anglo-Scottish Union

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This chapter discusses the Anglo-Scottish Union for three hundred years. The Anglo-Scottish connection has been remarkably stable and indeed rarely questioned by political interests north of the Border. Culloden Moor and its brutal aftermath did not entirely end the tensions within the Union. Religious ‘nationalism’ was a basic factor in Scotland. The material and the world of ideas were two major influences on the Scottish governing classes. The cult of national heroes became one of the most popular ways of linking urban Scotland with its history. Most Scots remain committed to the Union. However, the good times presented have not resulted in a final stability in the relationship. It is suggested that, in its tercentenary year, the Union is far from stable but may still have much more resilience than media speculation in the spring of 2007 proposed.

Keywords: Anglo-Scottish Union; Culloden Moor; religious nationalism; Scotland; Scottish governing classes; three hundred years

Chapter.  8122 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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