By Colin Kidd

This ebook examines how the dramatic highbrow advancements of the Scottish Enlightenment undermined a patriotic analyzing of Scotland's historical past, and exhibits how this had long term results within the failure of the nineteenth-century Scottish intelligentsia to mount a nationalist circulate corresponding to the romantic nationalisms of different ecu peoples. the quantity sheds clean mild on a number of very important parts of Scottish background and literature: at the parliamentary Union with England of 1707, the ideological conflicts among whigs and Jacobites, and the literary mythmaking of James Macpherson's Ossian and Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels. It additionally addresses the wider questions of the impression of the Scottish Enlightenment on British political tradition, and the enigma of British nationwide id itself.

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