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Revolving Culture

by Angus Calder

Revolving Culture Synopsis

Explores the culture of Scotland, one of Europe's oldest nations. Bringing together recent writings on Scotland, the book offers a rich mix of social history, cultural observation and a sharp sense of politics. It begins by looking at Scotland in the 18th century. Without resident king or parliament, the nation was effectively a republic and made a unique contribution to European culture. David Hume, Adam Smith and their contemporaries dominated the intellectual scene, while Ossian , Burns, Scott and Byron launched literary Romanticism. Yet from about 1830, the republic began to wither. The railways took Scottish writers to London, brought English MPs to Scottish constituencies and Queen Victoria to Balmoral. Scottish identity became submerged in British identity and many began to serve a colonial empire they now regarded as their own. By the 1920s, however, Scotland experienced renewed stirrings of political nationalism. By the 1960s the work of MacDiarmid and Grassic Gibbon had become models for younger Scottish writers seeking identity as the British empire clattered to extinction. In 1979, the Labour government offered Scots the chance to vote for an assembly with devolved powers, but decreed that a simple majority was insufficient. This traumatic failure to achieve even limited Home Rule led many writers, musicians, artists and historians to declare cultural independence. A second Scottish republic came into existence. From his vantage point in the second republic , the author examines the historical processes and moments that have shaped modern Scotland.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781850436478
Publication date: 30th June 2020
Author: Angus Calder
Publisher: I.B. Tauris an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Cultural studies, Politics & government, Social & cultural history,

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