The Union

England, Scotland and the Treaty of 1707

By Michael Fry

Format: Multiple Formats

Michael Fry's fresh look at the history of the Union between England and Scotland.

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Birlinn Limited

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 this fresh and challenging look at the origins of the United Kingdom, Michael Fry focuses on the years which led up to the Union of 1707, setting the political history of Scotland and England against the backdrop of war in Europe and the emergence of imperialism. He rejects the long-held assumption that the economy was of overwhelming importance in the Scots' acceptance of the terms of the Treaty, showing how they were able to exploit English ignorance of and indifference to Scotland to steer the settlement in their own favour. The implications of this have influenced the dynamics of the Union ever since, and are only being fully worked out in our own time.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 16 Jul 2013
SKU 9781780271552-grouped
Number of Pages 352

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'rip-roaring' - Ruaridh Nicoll, The Observer 'lively and intelligent' - Paul Henderson Scott, The Scotsman

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