The Scots

The Scots

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An analysis of the Scottish psyche, identity and history focusing on invention, development, and the perpetuation of Scottish national myths from personal observations by Iain Finlayson, himself a Scot, and quotations from writers like R.L. Stevenson, Edwin Muir, Hugh MacDiarmid, Muriel Spark and Dr Johnson among others. The study covers a wide range of topics, including literature and the arts, history, religion, politics, education, towns, countryside and humour. Iain Finlayson is a writer and journalist and author of "The moth and the candle" (a life of James Boswell).show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 130 x 190mm | 221g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1 plate, 16 pp half-tones, bibliography, index
  • 0192821180
  • 9780192821188

Table of contents

A cautionary foreword. A small country - pride, poverty and prejudice; the Caledonian antizyzygy - the divided Scot; two nations - highland and lowland Scots; Caledonia, stern and wild - the invention of romance; the Scot on the make - the pursuit of success; a nation epidemical - the migrant Scot; clans and chiefs - communality among the Scots; formerly of better account - Scotland's golden agers; red Clyde and blue blood - politics and the Scots; the Lyon rampant - the constant nationalist; a nation theological - from Calvin to the Knoxplex; the thistle looks at a drunk man - bards and booze; the clash of cultures - MacDiarmid and Lauder; Caledonian salt - the sardonic Scot; the passionate Scot - the puritan and the phoenix. Bibliography. more