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Riassunto: The story of modern Britain began 300 years ago, with the Treaty of Union between England and Scotland in 1707. In this fresh and challenging look at the origins of the United Kingdom, the first full study for four decades, Michael Fry traces the fault-lines of the present time right back to the treaty drawn up between the ruling classes of Scotland and England three centuries ago. In many previous histories this has been interpreted as mere dictation by England, which Scotland accepted for the economic gains it was supposed to bring. Fry rejects the idea that the economy was of overwhelming importance and shows how Scots were able to exploit English ignorance of and indifference to their country, as evident now as then, to steer the settlement in their own favour. That left the future of Scotland, England and Britain open, not closed. The full implications are only being worked out in our own time. While focusing on the few years which led up to the Union, Fry's reassessment casts its net wider than existing interpretations. He includes the political history of England as well as of Scotland, all set against the backdrop of war in Europe and the emergence of imperialism. He compares the fate of the Scots with that of other small nations. By a close, comparative reading of the evidence he manages to reconstruct the human as well as the political story, in the voices of the people where they can still be discerned, in plots and conspiracies long lost from view, in reports from battlefields and in the impassioned debates of the Scots Parliament as the nation steeled itself for the loss of independence which, even so, it would not allow to become irrevocable.
About the Author: Michael Fry was educated at the universities of Oxford and Hamburg. The author of eight books, including The Scottish Empire (2001), How the Scots Made America (2003) and Wild Scots: Four Hundred Years of Highland History (2005), he has also written numerous articles on modern Scottish history and several political pamphlets. He has contributed to most major Scottish and British newspapers and has been a weekly columnist for the Scotsman, the Herald and the Sunday Times. He lives in Edinburgh.
Titolo: The Union: England, Scotland And the Treaty ...
Casa editrice: Birlinn Ltd
Data di pubblicazione: 2007
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Birlinn Publishers, 2006. Condizione libro: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP72321971
Descrizione libro Birlinn, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 1st Edition.. 2006 Birlinn first edition hardback; Very Good, clean copy, just gift note on fep; with Very Good unclipped dj, some shelf wear; UK dealer, immediate dispatch. Book. Codice libro della libreria S699k
Descrizione libro Birlinn, GB, 2006. Hardback. Condizione libro: VG+. Condizione sovraccoperta: VG- DW. 1st Edition. Book is in very good plus condition with very minor signs of wear and/or age. Dustwrapper/dustjacket is in very good minus condition with minor but noticeable signs of wear and/or age. Codice libro della libreria kb787A.193
Descrizione libro Birlinn, Edinburgh, 2006. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. First Edition. A very good clean tight copy, in similar, unclipped dustwrapper of this hard-cover book. Looks at the years leading up to the Act of Union in 1707 between England and Scotland. 342pp, 21 b&w illustrations. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 008033
Descrizione libro Birlinn Ltd, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. Codice libro della libreria ABE-15290631834
Descrizione libro Edinburgh, Birlinn Ltd., 2006. 1st Edition. 342pp with 21 b/w illustrations. 240 x 165mm. Hardcover with dust jacket in as new condition. 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. Codice libro della libreria 000223
Descrizione libro Birlinn Ltd, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX1841585165