The rationale for the book will be to attempt to provide an answer to a fascinating historical puzzle.
In the 1950s unionism in Scotland had reached an electoral peak and the SNP was an irrelevant political sect rather than an effective party.Yet, within a generation or so,in the Referendum of 2014, 45 per cent of Scots voted for independence and despite the clear victory for Unionists the debate rages on.What happened in 2014 will mean a radical revision of the Union with consequences for the governance of the entire UK.
How is this transformation in attitudes to the union state and the continuing prospect of Scottish independence to be explained?This volume,ranging widely over seventy years of history and examining political,economic,social,religious and cultural factors as well as issues of identity and the relevance of international influences,will seek to provide an answer.An additional aim is,while charting the decline of unionism, to analyse at the end of the study why loyalty to the British state remained resilient enough to register a clear victory for the No campaign in September 2014
- the first ever major attempt to confront a fundamental question in modern British history over the long run since the end of World War II
- takes account of all relevant academic writing from political science,history,economics,popular culture as well as authoritative press features on the subjects of nationalism in Scotland,unionism,Scottish history since 1945 and the Referendum itself
- uses original press and archival sources
- written in a style to appeal to a very broad audience- a text from which academic peers can hopefully learn but which reaches well beyond academe to appeal to all interested readers.The book will be written in the style The Scottish Nation
- the author will take account in the writing of the text of the massive international media interest in the origins and aftermath of the Referendum in order to explain context and historical background clearly and cogently to non-British readers
- the text could also serve as a fresh and up to date history of modern Scotland, rendered coherent with a central theme/question running throughout and covering the period comprehensively in the spirit of 'histoire totale'
Professor Sir Tom Devine is Head of the School of History,Classics and Archaeology, Director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies and the Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh, generally regarded as the world's premier Chair of Scottish History.
Tom Devine was educated at Strathclyde University where he graduated with first class honours in History in 1968 followed by a Ph.D and D.Litt. He rose through the academic ranks from assistant lecturer to Reader, Professor, Head of Department, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Scie...
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