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Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland (Open Scotland) Paperback – 5 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press Ltd (5 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910021326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910021323
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An intelligent, brave and much needed contribution to the debate around the referendum in Scotland. This, along with other great contributions, like Lesley Riddoch s Blossom, are hugely important to the general discourse and much needed research into the country we have been, the country we now are and the country we could become. --ELAINE C. SMITH, actress and campaigner

This is a remarkable book balanced and brave, insightful and incisive, intelligently blending the personal and the political. Whatever the referendum result, if Scotland really wants to be the best place in the world to grow up , Gerry Hassan s suggestions for a new democracy would be an excellent starting point. --SUE PALMER, author, Toxic Childhood

The independence referendum changes what is possible regardless of its outcome. It forces people in Scotland to confront far more directly the nature of their country rather than continue to accept the myths that build up when there is no option to go it alone. In Caledonia Dreaming Gerry Hassan skillfully traverses these key myths to show that, if Scotland were to gain independence, it would have to confront internal realities that were hidden when Westminster could be blamed for so much. If the Scots prove the bookies wrong, if events over the summer of 2014 turn so that independence is achieved, then this book demonstrates that the new Scotland will be further from many possible idealised European utopias than many nationalists had ever imagined. It is a key contribution to the debate no matter where you stand. --DANNY DORLING, author, Injustice: Why Social Justice Persists, Professor of Human Geography, Oxford University

About the Author

GERRY HASSAN was born in Dundee. He is a writer, commentator, political analyst, and a regular contributor to The Scotsman, Newsnight Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, and Open Democracy. He works as a lecturer in cultural policy at the University of the West of Scotland.

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