The Transformation of Scotland : The Economy Since 1700
This is the first comprehensive history of the Scottish economy over the last three centuries to appear in a generation. Written by leading scholars in the field, it presents 'state of the art' research in an accessible style to all those interested in understanding the historical context of modern Scotland. Fresh interpretations are revealed on such key and controversial issues as the impact of the Union of 1707, the Clearances, the rise and fall of Scottish heavy industry and the recent transformation of the modern economy. The distinctive features of the Scottish economic system are stressed but these are also analysed within a British and international context. The focus of the volume is both broad and detailed with full treatment of agriculture, finance, industry and the service sector as well as the impact of momentous economic changes on the lives of the people and the massive new role in the twentieth century of the state in economic affairs.At a time of intense debate on the present and future condition of Scotland under a devolved parliament and executive, this book provides the essential background and the long-run perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the nation.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 162 x 232 x 22mm | 621.43g
- 25 Apr 2005
- EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- 8 b&w illustrations
About Tom M. Devine
T. M. Devine is the Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh having previously held Chairs at the universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde. He is the author and editor of many books on Scottish history and related subjects. He has been awarded three honorary doctorates in recognition of his scholarship and is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy. In 2005 he was appointed OBE for services to Scottish history. T M Devine is the only historian to have been awarded the Royal Gold Medal, Scotland's supreme academic accolade, by the Queen. Clive Lee is Professor of Historical Economics at the University of Aberdeen. George Peden works in the Department of History, University of Stirling
A welcome addition to the historical literature on modern Scotland ! this is a useful book, which takes the study of economic history in Scotland into some new territory, and will be essential introductory reading on undergraduate courses in the subject. Readable, accessible and welcome!This is a good, brave and stimulating book, one for the policy-makers to digest. -- T. C. Smout A welcome addition to the historical literature on modern Scotland ! this is a useful book, which takes the study of economic history in Scotland into some new territory, and will be essential introductory reading on undergraduate courses in the subject. Readable, accessible and welcome!This is a good, brave and stimulating book, one for the policy-makers to digest.
Table of contents
Introduction: The Scottish Economy in Historical Context (G.C. Peden);; Part I: 1700-1914; Chapter 1 The Modern Economy: Scotland and the Act of Union (T.M. Devine); Chapter 2 Industrialisation (T.M. Devine); Chapter 3 The Transformation of Agriculture: Cultivation and Clearance; (T.M. Devine); Chapter 4 The Establishment of the Financial Network (C.H. Lee); Chapter 5 Economic Progress: Wealth and Poverty (C.H. Lee);; Part II: 1914-2000; Chapter 6 The Regional Economies of Scotland (David Newlands); Chapter 7 The Modernisation of Scottish Agriculture (Ewen A. Cameron); Chapter 8 Unbalanced Growth: Prosperity and Deprivation (C.H. Lee); Chapter 9 The Managed Economy: Scotland 1919-2000 (G.C. Peden);; Conclusion: The Legacy of the Past and Future Prospects (G.C. Peden).