SNP: The History of the Scottish National Party

SNP: The History of the Scottish National Party

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By (author) Peter Lynch


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  • Publisher: Welsh Academic Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 26mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cardiff
  • ISBN 10: 1860570577
  • ISBN 13: 9781860570575
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (chiefly colour)
  • Sales rank: 482,348

Product description

Though the SNP has existed since 1934, no full-length history of the Scottish National Party was written until the first edition of this book in 2002. With the SNP having governed Scotland since 2007, and with an outright majority since 2011, the long-held SNP policy of an Independence Referendum is now a reality and scheduled to be held in 2014. This timely 2nd Edition: traces the fortunes of the SNP since 2002 particularly since 2007 when it became the governing party in the Scottish Parliament uses recently discovered material about the party's history to reassess some of the issues in its earlier development outlines the party's role in government in Scotland from 2007-2013 looks ahead to the independence referendum in 2014

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Author information

Dr Peter Lynch is a Senior Lecturer in the History & Politics Department at the University of Stirling and is also Director of the Scottish Political Archive. In addition to the first edition of SNP: The History of the Scottish National Party (Welsh Academic Press, 2002) he has also authored Scottish Government and Politics (Edinburgh University Press, 2001).

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"There is much to admire here. There is scholarship on every page. It will become the definitive reference work on the nationalist strand of Scottish politics and Scottish history - the early days in particular are extremely well done, with close attention to original sources - impressive and has never been so well set out before." Kenny Farquharson, Scottish Affairs [45], 2003 " - a core stock item" Politicos Bookshop