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Description - Subverting Scotland's Past by Colin Kidd

This book examines how the dramatic intellectual developments of the Scottish Enlightenment undermined a patriotic reading of Scotland's history, and shows how this had long-term consequences in the failure of the nineteenth-century Scottish intelligentsia to mount a nationalist movement comparable to the romantic nationalisms of other European peoples. The volume sheds fresh light on several important areas of Scottish history and literature: on the parliamentary Union with England of 1707, the ideological conflicts between whigs and Jacobites, and the literary mythmaking of James Macpherson's Ossian and Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels. It also addresses the broader questions of the impact of the Scottish Enlightenment on British political culture, and the enigma of British national identity itself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521520195
ISBN-10: 0521520193
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 340
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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