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 year...as intriguing as it is important - Jill Rubinstein, Year s Work inn Scottish Literature (1991/2). "