Scotland in the Age of Two Revolutions

Scotland in the Age of Two Revolutions

Edited by Sharon Adams, Julian Goodare

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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

The seventeenth century was one of the most dramatic periods in Scotland's history, with two political revolutions, intense religious strife culminating in the beginnings of toleration, and the modernisation of the state and its infrastructure. This book focuses on the history that the Scots themselves made.
The seventeenth century was one of the most dramatic periods in Scotland's history, with two political revolutions, intense religious strife culminating in the beginnings of toleration, and the modernisation of the state and its infrastructure. This book focuses on the history that the Scots themselves made. Previous conceptualisations of Scotland's 'seventeenth century' have tended to define it as falling between 1603 and 1707 - the union of crowns and the union of parliaments. In contrast, this book asks how seventeenth-century Scotland would look if we focused on things that the Scots themselves wanted and chose to do. Here the key organising dates are not 1603 and 1707 but 1638 and 1689: the covenanting revolution and the Glorious Revolution. Within that framework, the book develops several core themes. One is regional and local: the book looks at the Highlands and the Anglo-Scottish Borders. The increasing importance of money in politics and the growing commercialisation of Scottish society is a further theme addressed. Chapters on this theme, like those on the nature of the Scottish Revolution, also discuss central government and illustrate the growth of the state. A third theme is political thought and the world of ideas. The intellectual landscape of seventeenth-century Scotland has often been perceived as less important and less innovative, and such perceptions are explored and in some cases challenged in this volume.
Two stories have tended to dominate the historiography of seventeenth-century Scotland: Anglo-Scottish relations and religious politics. One of the recent leitmotifs of early modern British history has been the stress on the 'Britishness' of that history and the interaction between the three kingdoms which constituted the 'Atlantic archipelago'. The two revolutions at the heart of the book were definitely Scottish, even though they were affected by events elsewhere. This is Scottish history, but Scottish history which recognises and is informed by a British context where appropriate. The interconnected nature of religion and politics is reflected in almost every contribution to this volume.

SHARON ADAMS is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Freiburg. JULIAN GOODARE is Reader in History at the University of Edinburgh.

Contributors: Sharon Adams, Caroline Erskine, Julian Goodare, Anna Groundwater, Maurice Lee Jnr, Danielle McCormack, Alasdair Raffe, Laura Rayner, Sherrilynn Theiss, Sally Tuckett, Douglas Watt

Details

October 2014
5 black and white illustrations
272 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History
ISBN: 9781843839392
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBJD1, 1DBKS, 2AB, 3JD
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037040
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Table of Contents

Scotland and its Seventeenth-Century Revolutions - Sharon Adams and Julian Goodare
The Middle Shires Divided: Tensions at the Heart of Anglo-Scottish Union - Anna Groundwater
The Western Highlands and Isles and Central Government, 1616-1645 - Sherrilynn Theiss
The Scottish Bishops in Government, 1625-1638 - Sally Tuckett
The Scottish Revolution - Julian Goodare
In Search of the Scottish Republic - Sharon Adams
Highland Lawlessness and the Cromwellian Regime -
The Worcester Veterans and the Restoration Regime in Scotland - Maurice Lee
The Political Thought of the Restoration Covenanters - Caroline Erskine
Scottish State Oaths and the Revolution of 1688-1690 - Alasdair Raffe
The Tribulations of Everyday Government in Williamite Scotland - Laura Rayner
The Company of Scotland and Scottish Politics, 1696-1701 - Douglas Watt
Chronology of Seventeenth-Century Scotland
Further Reading

Reviews

The essays compiled by Adams and Goodare provide fascinating vantage points from which readers can view revolutionary Scotland free from influences of England's own political and social upheavals. H-WAR

Useful for advanced Scottish history or early modern European political collections. Recommended. CHOICE

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