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Bought and Sold for English Gold?: The Union of 1707 (Scottish History Matters) [Paperback]

Christopher A. Whatley
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3 Sep 2001 Scottish History Matters
A new, revised edition of this invaluable guide to the background to and causes of the Union of 1707 which, outside Parliament in Edinburgh, was deeply unpopular in Scotland. Extended and re-written in the light of re-establishment of a Scottish Parliament in 1999, the book takes the reader through the maze of competing arguments about why Scots gave up their Parliament in the first place. Professor Whatley's account is dispassionate but also lucid, highly readable and frank in its assessments. Importantly, the book views the Union not only from the Scottish perspective, but also from that of England. It also considers the context of Europe, where political unions were by no means unusual by the early eighteenth century.

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  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Tuckwell Press Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186232140X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862321403
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 1.3 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,158,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An invaluable introduction for anyone at any level interested in this crucial event in modern British history' Clive Jones, Institute of Historical Research

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3.0 out of 5 stars good and bad in equal measure 5 Dec 2010
Ok, so this is far better than Whatley's 'The Scots and the Union' which was a bland, if informative, guide through the ins and outs of the Union. This book is shorter and to the point: were the Scots bought off in 1707?

This focus is to the book's credit and if you're a Scottish history student writing an essay on it and want an author's opinion the book at least does the gracious thing and takes up a position (which is more than can be said for some rambling histories). The only trouble is that while all the issues Whatley considers are relevant to the central question (the equivalent, English troops at the border, the Aliens Act etc...) the book's main argument is a bit weak, despite taking all the issues into account.

It is not a book which will unite Nationalist and Unionist alike, as I think the blurb states. It is a 19th Century established Unionist perspective which would be fine if only the argument which it was based upon held up to scrutiny (even using the points Whatley raises without any external knowledge!)

Therefore, what you have with this book is a great history source to use in your essays and a really terrific short(ish - but don't let it's length put you off, there's plenty of detail) going over of the main forces upon the Scottish parliamentarians. On the other hand, if you're looking for a general read you won't likely be won over by the argument even if you hold the same mindset. It would've been nice to see the author go in without personal bias but nonetheless a far tighter and more enjoyable book than his 'The Scots and the Union' book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good secondary source 30 July 2013
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Good secondary source. Used for my graduate class. More information then an encyclopedia article and it has a great bibliography.
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