The Road to Independence?
Scotland in the Balance, Revised and Expanded Second Edition
Distributed for Reaktion Books
Pittock charts Scotland’s economic, cultural, and social histories, focusing on the history and cultural impact of Scottish cities and industries, the role of multiculturalism in contemporary Scottish society, and the upheaval of devolution, including the 2007 election of Scotland’s first nationalist government. From the architecture and art of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the Scottish Parliament, the book investigates every aspect of modern Scottish society to explain the striking rise of Scottish nationalism since 1960. Now brought up to date and with a new foreword by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, The Road to Independence? reveals a new perspective on modern Scottish culture on the eve of Scotland’s referendum on independence from the UK in September 2014.
“Enormously informative and often thought-provoking. . . . This book could hardly be improved on: it’s lively, lucid, witty, beautifully written.”—Scotsman
“A well-arranged exposition of the various pressures and stresses Scottish society has faced and faces still.”—Diplomat
Foreword by First Minister
Introduction: Why Scotland?
1. Contacts and Corporatism: Scotland since 1945
2. Scottish Politics and Identity and the Rise of the SNP
3. Scotland’s Cities: Populations, Cultures and Economies
4. Cultural Independence?
5. Who are the New Scots?
6. Devolution or Revolution? Government and Society in Scotland since 1999