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Colin Kidd: Jacobites

14 December 2006
1715: The Great Jacobite Rebellion 
by Daniel Szechi.
Yale, 351 pp., £25, June 2006, 0 300 11100 2
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... to depict Jacobitism as an anachronism which, while capable of enchanting the ‘backward’ peoples of the Celtic fringe, had lacked any ideological purchase in an enlightened, commercial England. DanielSzechi belongs neither to the Peterhouse right nor to the ranks of Scottish nationalists, though he does dedicate his study of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion to the memory of his Scottish grandmother ...


Tom Nairn: On Culloden

9 May 1996
... battles, Culloden continues violently in people’s minds. Among Scots the deepest layer of the ‘deep emotion’ figuring in the laments lies in the quick, not the dead. As the American historian DanielSzechi observed in his study of the war’s European context, The Jacobites: Britain and Europe 1688-1788, most histories of it have been ‘What-ifs ...’ to a degree rarely found elsewhere ...

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