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

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

(p.23) 2 The Making of the Union of 1707: History with a History
Scotland and the Union 1707-2007
T.M. Devine
Edinburgh University Press

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

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