Dundas Despotism by Michael Fry
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Dundas Despotism
By Michael Fry

The Dundas Despotism

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Dundas Despotism by Michael Fry

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This is the first comprehensive and up-to-date biography of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville (1742-1811) and his son Robert, 2nd Viscount Melville (1771-1851). Aided by other members of their family, they ruled Scotland from the 1770s to the 1830s in a period of government later dubbed 'the Dundas Despotism'. Using a mass of new primary and secondary material culled from England, Scotland, Ireland and the United States, Michael Fry here challenges the traditional view that theirs was a corrupt and authoritarian regime. He shows that both father and son sought to achieve good government within the accepted political conventions of the age, and that many of the principles they set out to apply were owed directly to Scottish Enlightenment ideas. The Dundases were also of fundamental importance in drawing Scotland more fully into the United Kingdom and enabling the Union of 1707 to work. This is a sparkling reassessment of a crucial period of Scottish, British and imperial history. The Dundas Despotism was previously published by Edinburgh University Press.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780859765886
ISBN-10: 0859765881
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 438
Imprint: John Donald Publishers Ltd
Publisher: John Donald Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Fry

Michael Fry is active in three aspects of modern Scotland: politics, journalism and scholarship. He has written for many newspapers in Britain and abroad and is the author of works on the political, religious and intellectual history of Scotland, including the monumental The Scottish Empire. He lives in Edinburgh and is currently working on a new study of the Highland Clearances.

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