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Scotland and the Union 1707-2007$
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Tom Devine

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635412

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635412.001.0001

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Three Hundred Years of the Anglo-Scottish Union

Three Hundred Years of the Anglo-Scottish Union

(p.1) 1 Three Hundred Years of the Anglo-Scottish Union
Scotland and the Union 1707-2007
T.M. Devine
Edinburgh University Press

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

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