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Subverting Scotland's Past : Scottish Whig Historians and the Creation of an Anglo-British Identity 1689-1830 - Colin Kidd

Subverting Scotland's Past

Scottish Whig Historians and the Creation of an Anglo-British Identity 1689-1830

Hardcover Published: 24th September 1993
ISBN: 9780521434843
Number Of Pages: 340

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This book examines how the dramatic intellectual developments of the Scottish Enlightenment undermined a patriotic reading of Scotland's history, and shows how this had long-term consequences in the failure of the nineteenth-century Scottish intelligentsia to mount a nationalist movement comparable to the romantic nationalisms of other European peoples. The volume sheds fresh light on several important areas of Scottish history and literature: on the parliamentary Union with England of 1707, the ideological conflicts between whigs and Jacobites, and the literary mythmaking of James Macpherson's Ossian and Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels. It also addresses the broader questions of the impact of the Scottish Enlightenment on British political culture, and the enigma of British national identity itself.

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'In its sweep and unrelenting power the analysis is impressive. Highly recommended.' Glasgow Herald ' ... a very important book ... His work is a significant contribution to current debates about Scottish nationalism, political and cultural ...' Andrew Hook, Times Literary Supplement

Prologue: National identity in late medieval and early modern Scotland
The End of the Tradition
History, national identity and the union of 1707
Presbyterian historiography and the age of Wodow
Scottish whig historiography, 1707-c.1750
The decline of the ancient Scottish constitution
Faultlines in Scotland's unusable past
Presbyterianism and whig historiography in the age of Robertson
The Scottish construction of Anglo-British identity
Critical Renewal
Enlightened reconstructions: The routes of James Macpherson and Gilbert Stuart
History and national identity in the age of Scott
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ISBN: 9780521434843
ISBN-10: 052143484X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 24th September 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.67

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