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The Wealth of the Nation : Scotland, Culture and Independence, Hardback Book

The Wealth of the Nation : Scotland, Culture and Independence Hardback


A critical appraisal of Scotland's cultural wealth and global distinction'The Wealth of the Nation' explores how Scotland has continued to assert its distinctive cultural difference despite the three-hundred-year union with England and the modern forces of globalisation.

Dealing with Scotland since the eighteenth century, the study analyses how Scottish culture defined itself within the British Empire and how, in the late twentieth century, it recovered from the collapse of the Empire to rebuild the value of its cultural past.

Through its focus on the role of memory in philosophy, literature and the visual arts, readers will gain understanding of the influence that modern Scottish writers and artists have had on contemporary Scottish nationalism.

The book argues that political nationalism in modern Scotland is founded on a cultural revival that began in the 1950s and 60s but gained momentum from resistance to the outcome of the 1979 devolution referendum.

That resistance, and the creative achievements which it generated, provoked a re-examination of the nation's cultural history, revealing a wealth previously denied or forgotten.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781474435574

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