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The Union of 1707: Why and How [Paperback]

Paul Henderson Scott
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Saltire Society; First Softback Edition edition (6 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854110976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854110971
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,296,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few events in our history have had such lasting consequences as the Union of 1707, but it is usually misrepresented and misunderstood. There is no good reason for this because the facts are clear from the vivid and intelligent accounts of many of those involved. It is a fascinating and astonishing story. Paul Scott, who has researched these contemporary accounts for many years, explains how the Union came about, largely in the words of major participants who either made the Union or resisted it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A much required alternative view 8 Nov 2010
All history is political and it's almost invariably written by the winners. The author shows how the historical consensus on this period is often merely state propoganda.
Rather than just using history books as source and compounding the innaccuracies contained therein, Paul Scott utilises contemporary accounts and original documents.
He shows how unpopular the union was among the ordinary people of Scotland and how it wasn't only bribery and corruption but threat of invasion that motivated the Scottish Parliament to pass the Act of Union.
A welcome challenge to the many derivative and 'spun' accounts that have constituted the received wisdom on this chapter of history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read if a little dry 27 Jan 2013
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This book is a good introduction to the Treaty of Union 1707.

For sure, being the product of one person, it is one view but I don't agree with the first reviewer that it is part of a "long series of nationalist diatribes". In fact, Mr Henderson Scott does not express a modern day view on the Treaty anywhere in the book and most of his arguments are historical and based on quotes from documents and letter.

I would say this is a well researched book though, being rather thin at 85 pages, I am left wondering how selective Mr Henderson Paul might have been in his use of research material. At the end of the day, though an extremely important aspect of Scottish politics for the next few years, this is a first stab at an much misunderstood and much unknown subject.

Perhaps the first reviewer should put pen to paper add to the debate through research?
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2.0 out of 5 stars The case for an Independent Scotland 7 Sep 2008
Paul Henderson Scott has produced yet another in a long series of Nationalist Diatribes attempting to make the case for the dissolution of the 1707 Union, and ultimately the construction of an independent Scottish state.

Henderson Scott makes his case, in my view less than convincingly, that the 1707 union was passed solely by corruption and bribery, dismissing long held evidence that those 'bribed' were a small minority even if they did hold influence. He ignores much evidence that may contradict his argument and relies on a self confessed fraud for much of his contemporary evidence.

For readers seeking an introduction to the 1707 union you are better looking elsewhere for a less politically motivated account. Politically motivated history writing is often bad history and this account is in my view such an example.
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