The Invention of Scotland

The Invention of Scotland : The Stuart Myth and the Scottish Identity, 1638 to the Present

4 (4 ratings by Goodreads)

List price: US$165.00

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


A dynasty of high ability and great charm, the Stuarts exerted a compelling fascination over their supporters and enemies alike. First published in 1991, this title assesses the influence of the Stuart mystique on the modern political and cultural identity of Scotland. Murray Pittock traces the Stuart myth from the days of Charles I to the modern Scottish National Party, and discusses both pro- and anti-Union propaganda. He provides a unique insight into the `radicalism' of Scottish Jacobitism, contrasting this `Jacobitisim of the Left' with the sentimental image constructed by the Victorians. Dealing with a subject of great relevance to modern British society, this reissue provides an extensive analysis of Scottish nationhood, the Stuart cult and Jacobite ideology. It will be of great interest to students of literature, history, and Scottish culture and politics.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 198 pages
  • 162 x 242 x 18mm | 479.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113881315X
  • 9781138813151

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The divided myth and the drift to the Union 2. Good corn upon the rigs? The underground world of Jacobite culture in eighteenth-century Scotland 3. The invention of Scotland 4. Reality and romance 5. A nation once again? Scotland since 1918; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index
show more

Review quote

'Possibly the most interesting book I have ever read on what it means to be Scottish'- TopicalBooks (Spring ,1992)

'I am pleased to see a Scottish critic of my own generation who writes so well and has such vision...purposeful, ambitious, panoptic' - Robert Crawford, Scottish Literary Journal. .

`Attractive...well written and stimulating book'- Ian Bradley, History Today, September, 50-1.

`One of the most important books on modern Scotland to appear in recent years'- Stewart Brown, Albion. .

`An interesting and in many ways a courageous book'- Brean Hammond, British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 15:2,235.

'An insightful view...successfully bridges the gap between the discipline of history and literary/cultural studies, a feat requiring unusual academic skills' - David Duncan.

`A valuable lesson on the ways in which all national identities are in some sense invented'- Leith Davis, Eighteenth Century Scotland, 25 (1993).

`Interesting,intelligent and knowledgeable' - Seventeenth-Century News

'The most provocative work of this intriguing as it is important' - Jill Rubinstein, Year's Work inn Scottish Literature (1991/2).
show more

Rating details

4 ratings
4 out of 5 stars
5 50% (2)
4 0% (0)
3 50% (2)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X