Scotland's Empire, 1600-1815
Tom Devine

Scotland's Empire, 1600-1815

A dazzling account of Scotland's role in the world by Scotland's bestselling historian. The Scots had an enormous impact on the global development of the British Empire as emigrants, soldiers, merchants and colonial administrators. Scotland's Empire provides a comprehensive examination of their crucial role during the formative era of the long eighteenth century. The book ranges from the Americas to Australia and from the Caribbean islands to India. It explores in depth many key themes including the slave trade, the Scots on the colonial frontier, Highland soldiers, the saga of the Ulster Scots, the effect of the Scottish Enlightenment and the connection between empire and the economic revolution in Scotland itself.

Book Details:

  • Author: Tom Devine
  • Published Year: 2003
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: Penguin
    • US: Smithsonian Press

Tom Devine

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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Book Reviews

  • "Nobody has done more over the past thirty years to bring Scottish historiography into rigorous and unsentimental alignment with developments elsewhere than Tom Devine."
    Colin Kidd, Times Literary Supplement
  • "This is narrative history at its best."
    Trevor Royle, Sunday Herald
  • "A demanding topic and a bold one...a fascinating work, replete with telling detail."
    Allan Massie, Literary Review
  • "Captivating...tells the story of the Scots who put their marching boots on, or were forced into them, to start a new life abroad."
    Herald
  • "Devine's magisterial study places the history of Scotland in global perspective, emphasizing in thoroughly captivating prose the Scots contributions."
    Publishers Weekly