Neal Ascherson: The Scottish Empire
6 October 2011
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Allen Lane, 397 pp., £25, August 2011, 978 0 7139 9744 6Show More
The Inner Life of Empires: An 18th-Century History by Emma Rothschild.
Princeton, 483 pp., £24.95, June 2011, 978 0 691 14895 3Show More
“... undrained bog of questions. Some ambitious channels were dug by Victorians, with generally Unionist teleologies. But in the first part of the 20th century those channels seemed to silt up again until MarinellAsh published her poignant appeal The Strange Death of Scottish History in 1980. By then, however, Scotland’s cultural and political revival was already underway. Synoptic histories, serious but ...”