A New Race of Men

Scotland 1815-1914

By Michael Fry

Format: Multiple Formats

Michael Fry's new volume deals with arguably the most significant century in Scottish history, 1815 - 1914. Using individual experiences of men and women, Fry focuses on the aspects of 'Scottishness' that define the nation's individuality, and above all on the culture that makes Scots what they are.

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Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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In his new book on Scotland 1815 - 1914, Michael Fry goes well beyond the conventional analyses of the economy and society to which previous histories have confined themselves. Here the central thread of the story is not steady assimilation to the norms of the United Kingdom but the survival of distinct forms of Scottishness that both derived from an independent past and laid the foundations for the reassertion of nationality in the present time. The emphasis is therefore not on those aspects in which Scotland became more like the rest of Britain - though these are acknowledged and described - rather on the ways in which Scotland remained different. Through detailed new research, particular attention is paid to the development of politics and government in the Victorian era. Above all,however, Michael Fry points to the condition of Scottish culture, in both its triumphs and its failings, as the key to understanding what made the nation falter in some respects yet in others to survive and at length prosper once again.

Throughout, for this exemplary era of Scottish individualism, he relies not on theories and statistics but on the experience of individual Scots men and women to bring out the essential achievement of Scotland's greatest century to date.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 3 Oct 2013
SKU 9781780271422-grouped
Number of Pages 480

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'[A] well-researched, enjoyable and fascinating read' - Scottish Field 'Fry is lively, provocative and pleasure to read' - Scotsman 'A great introduction to the pioneering legacy of the Scottish Victorian era ... bringing the theatre of Scottish history to life with an incredible eye to detail' - The Lady '[N]ever knowingly understating his case, Fry spins a bold, lively, and readable tale [...] Written with flair' - BBC History magazine 'Mr Fry has some excellent insights [...] There is much to appreciate in this erudite tome. As a primer on the forthcoming debate, it is a fine sounding board' - Country Life 'a forceful reminder not only of the great Victorian city's attempts to enforce lasting change but also of how far we have come' - The Herald

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