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On the Clearances Religion and the Road to Devolution He also explores the global Diaspora of the Scots the impact of migrants and the effect of the World Wars Throughout Scotland's story is set against the background of British European and world history This is a comprehensive and outstanding piece of work which I would go so far as demand is made compulsory reading before being allowed to opinionate on any matter of Scottish politics most particularly the issue of independenceUnfortunately I read this directly after reading Bill Bryson's At Home an altogether lighter take on a different aspect of history but in comparison made Devine's work feel a little dry and staid Although in book form it does feel that it is composed of a number of once separate essays there is a lot of repetition of the same arguments across many of the chapters It also assumes that the reader is already familiar with a significant amount of Scottish history geography and current affairs This is obvious when aspects of late 20th Century affairs are covered while perhaps recent history in the lifetime of the author and a significant proportion of his audience many of the events are uite alien to a younger generation

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The Scottish Nation A History 1700 2000

Long time The Times Literary Supplement T M Devine uses extensive original research to examine Scotland's urban vigor as well as describing the traditional aspects of Scottish history covering key topics such as the Union the Enlightenment Industrializati The author has done an excellent job of compiling and streamlining 300 years of Scottish history But what he has presented is history as told by an academic historian not a narrative historian The reader will therefore have to slog through statistics and may have trouble staying engaged The author also presumes a knowledge of Scottish history which will be disappointing to any reader expecting the book to be an introduction to the subject The Rebellion extensive original research to The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation, examine Scotland's urban vigor as well as describing the traditional aspects of Scottish history covering key topics such as the Union the Enlightenment Industrializati The author has done an The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, excellent job of compiling and streamlining 300 years of Scottish history But what he has presented is history as told by an academic historian not a narrative historian The reader will therefore have to slog through statistics and may have trouble staying The Pope and Mussolini engaged The author also presumes a knowledge of Scottish history which will be disappointing to any reader The Burn expecting the book to be an introduction to the subject

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A tremendous study of transformation Devine's strength is his huge learning in the field of social history especially the story of the rural communities of Scotland Neal Ascherson Los Angeles Times Splendid will remain the standard one in its field for a This is a well written readable book impeccably sourced and researched It's taken me uite a while to get through it although that's mostly because I'd put it down for months at a time so that I could read something lighterDevine takes the history of Scotland over the last three hundred years or so and breaks it down by era and then within the era he looks at different aspects of the social and political history of the country So the first is roughly around the Act of Union and its conseuences then the early industrial era taking us up to the start of the Victorian era This is followed by the largest section covering the Victorian and Edwardian eras bringing us to the edge of the second world war and the final section brings us right up to the present day or at least up to when the book was written in 2007 updated to the eve of the Indyref in 2012There's a huge amount of research here and it covers many subjects from the 'traditional' history of geopolitics kings and the Great and the Good to the rise of the lowland cities the end of clanship the place of women migration both into and out of Scotland and much As well as covering the Highland clearances Devine looks at the effects of the underlying causes on the Lowlands as well He covers the period of Scotland's and especially Glasgow's ascendency as 'the world's workshop' and 'second city of the empire' and looks at its decline and the roots and causes of thatAll in all the book is very comprehensive readable and has definitely given me an overview of the modern history of the country that I have chosen to call home


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  1. says:

    If you are looking for an all encompassing resource on Scottish history life and culture throughout the period in the title you've found it This book is incredibly detailed without being pedantic and boring It provides you with the information you need and would be most interested in and often employs uotes and real life examples to substantiate its points I can't believe I actually read a non fiction book word for word If I did that you know it's good


  2. says:

    This is a well written readable book impeccably sourced and researched It's taken me uite a while to get through it although that's mostly because I'd put it down for months at a time so that I could read something lighterDevine takes the history of Scotland over the last three hundred years or so and breaks it down by era and then within the era he looks at different aspects of the social and political history of the country So the first is roughly around the Act of Union and its conseuences then the early industrial era taking us up to the start of the Victorian era This is followed by the largest section covering the Victorian and Edwardian eras bringing us to the edge of the second world war and the final section brings us right up to the present day or at least up to when the book was written in 2007 updated to the eve of the Indyref in 2012There's a huge amount of research here and it covers many subjects from the 'traditional' history of geopolitics kings and the Great and the Good to the rise of the lowland cities the end of clanship the place of women migration both into and out of Scotland and much As well as covering the Highland clearances Devine looks at the effects of the underlying causes on the Lowlands as well He covers the period of Scotland's and especially Glasgow's ascendency as 'the world's workshop' and 'second city of the empire' and looks at its decline and the roots and causes of thatAll in all the book is very comprehensive readable and has definitely given me an overview of the modern history of the country that I have chosen to call home


  3. says:

    I read this book as part of a history module that focused on Scottish history in particular Scotland’s place in the Industrial Revolution and Enlightenment This is a massive book and it’s size should be considered when the reader takes it on for instance probably best to get it as a kindle book if you don’t like heavy booksDevine’s way of writing about Scotland’s history was extremely engaging and moving I felt truly patriotic whilst reading Scottish Nation and I couldn’t get through the book fast enough It details Scotland’s social political and economic history in a time when Scotland was known as “the workshop of the world” Reading this book didn’t feel like it was part of my coursework but rather it made me feel connected to my country’s past and was a joy to learn about how today’s position is the result of what was the good and the bad I thoroughly recommend Devine’s book for anyone who wants to learn about Scotland’s social economic and political history during that time period


  4. says:

    The author has done an excellent job of compiling and streamlining 300 years of Scottish history But what he has presented is history as told by an academic historian not a narrative historian The reader will therefore have to slog through statistics and may have trouble staying engaged The author also presumes a knowledge of Scottish history which will be disappointing to any reader expecting the book to be an introduction to the subject


  5. says:

    Well written deep analysis of the past of the Scottish nation Author uses an interesting way of approaching the material each historical period is divided into topics from sociology till politics The reason why I put 45 is that the last almost contemporary period of history was jammed as if the author was hurrying to finish the book While the rest of the book was relatively easy read it took me a month to finish the last chapter which talks mostly about politics


  6. says:

    Dense and informative but also very slow going


  7. says:

    Essential for any understanding of modern Scotland


  8. says:

    It ends arbitrarily in 2007 but you can't fault it for that when this book was published they didn't know that the rest of the years were going to happen


  9. says:

    This is a comprehensive and outstanding piece of work which I would go so far as demand is made compulsory reading before being allowed to opinionate on any matter of Scottish politics most particularly the issue of independenceUnfortunately I read this directly after reading Bill Bryson's At Home an altogether lighter take on a different aspect of history but in comparison made Devine's work feel a little dry and staid Although in book form it does feel that it is composed of a number of once separate essays there is a lot of repetition of the same arguments across many of the chapters It also assumes that the reader is already familiar with a significant amount of Scottish history geography and current affairs This is obvious when aspects of late 20th Century affairs are covered while perhaps recent history in the lifetime of the author and a significant proportion of his audience many of the events are uite alien to a younger generation


  10. says:

    Dense informative and shockingly boring Reads like a series of only slightly connected lit surveys with some worthy but dull original research around macroeconomic issues and the ins and outs of political battles Presumes a great deal of previous knowledge both about events before 1700 and during the course of the book rendering to pretty useless for the unprimed reader One highlight for me was the brief chapter on Italian immigrants to Scotland this was by contrast interesting well argued and contained anecdotal detail that rendered the overall story real It does help that the ItalianScottish ice cream connection has been a family story for years but


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