Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9781780232874 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $28.00 ISBN: 9781780233284 Published March 2014

The Road to Independence?

Scotland in the Balance, Revised and Expanded Second Edition

Murray Pittock

The Road to Independence?

Murray Pittock

Distributed for Reaktion Books

With a Foreword by Alex Salmond
264 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2013
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9781780232874 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $28.00 ISBN: 9781780233284 Published March 2014
Independence has been a contested issue in Scotland since the region was first invaded by England in 1707, and the realm continues to linger between regional status and full sovereignty. The issue of independence has risen to the forefront of Scottish discussion in the past fifty years, and Murray Pittock offers here an examination of modern Scottish nationalism and what it means for the United Kingdom.
Pittock charts Scotland’s economic, cultural, and social histories, focusing on the history and cultural impact of Scottish cities and industries, the role of multiculturalism in contemporary Scottish society, and the upheaval of devolution, including the 2007 election of Scotland’s first nationalist government. From the architecture and art of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the Scottish Parliament, the book investigates every aspect of modern Scottish society to explain the striking rise of Scottish nationalism since 1960. Now brought up to date and with a new foreword by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, The Road to Independence? reveals a new perspective on modern Scottish culture on the eve of Scotland’s referendum on independence from the UK in September 2014.
“Enormously informative and often thought-provoking. . . . This book could hardly be improved on: it’s lively, lucid, witty, beautifully written.”—Scotsman
“A well-arranged exposition of the various pressures and stresses Scottish society has faced and faces still.”—Diplomat

Foreword by First Minister

Introduction: Why Scotland?

1. Contacts and Corporatism: Scotland since 1945

2. Scottish Politics and Identity and the Rise of the SNP

3. Scotland’s Cities: Populations, Cultures and Economies

4. Cultural Independence?

5. Who are the New Scots?

6. Devolution or Revolution? Government and Society in Scotland since 1999


Further Reading



Review Quotes
Nations and Nationalism
The Road to Independence? is probably the most accessible, contemporary, and comprehensive introduction to Scottish society and politics today available in the market. It is lucidly written and outlines the development of Scottish society since the 1960s in a most succinct manner, allowing the reader to capture the overall picture quickly. This edition is fully updated, and as a result the discussion of the development to the forthcoming referendum is truly contemporary. . . . a timely, well-written and committed study of contemporary Scottish society and nationalism.”
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