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The Making of the Union of 1707: History with a History

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/9780748635412.003.0002
The Making of the Union of 1707: History with a History

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This chapter describes the establishing of Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707. The future of the Union hung in the balance because of its failure to deliver the material benefits its promoters had promised. The Union was regarded as having been beneficial — for British commerce, including Scotland's, and in the United Nations' long-lasting struggle for ascendancy with France. Unionists in Scotland may have been personally ambitious, but they were also committed to a secure, prosperous, urbane Scotland. Union assured the union of trade that many Scots had long sought. Scottish politicians who sought union in 1706–7 and approved its terms were men who believed they were making the right choice for Scotland. The Treaty of 1707 was not a union of conquest, or of social and cultural hegemony, as were some unions elsewhere in early modern Europe.

Keywords: Anglo-Scottish Union; British commerce; Scotland; United Nations; trade; Treaty of 1707; France; Unionists

Chapter.  6904 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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