Scotland's hidden powers? Politics and the Union in an uncertain age

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This essay begins with some thoughts from Hugh MacDiarmid and proceeds to discuss Scotland’s place in the Union state that is the United Kingdom, emphasising the centrality of Scotland to the Union. In discussions of British history Scotland tends to have a walk-on part at times of crisis, such as the present moment, but its place in the Union is more fundamental. The essay attempts to make this point through historical contextualisation of recent political shifts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScotland and Arbroath, 1320-2020
Subtitle of host publicationSeven Hundred Years of Fighting for Freedom, Sovereignty and Independence
EditorsPeter Muller
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherPeter Lang
ISBN (Electronic)9783631818602
ISBN (Print)9783631813188
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • history
  • Arbroath
  • Hugh MacDiarmid
  • Scotland
  • England
  • Union
  • power
  • faith
  • SNP
  • 2014 Referendum
  • 2016 Referendum
  • Labour Party
  • Conservative Party
  • politics
  • narrative
  • EU
  • Brexit


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