The History of Leith

May 25, 2008

The Invention of Scotland: Myth and History by Hugh Trevor-Roper

How the publishers of this remarkable volume must have hugged themselves when Wendy Alexander, the leader of the Scottish Labour party, recently thrust her hand into the hornets’ nest of Scottish independence. On the face of it, a book on the history of Scotland by an academic who died five years ago is not the most marketable of items. But now it has a topicality that should propel it straight on to the bestseller lists. It was first drafted in the mid-1970s as part of Hugh Trevor-Roper’s campaign against Scottish devolution. Once that danger was nullified by the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979, he could lay the manuscript on one side and move on to the more urgent business of making a mark in the House of Lords, to which the new prime minister had promptly elevated him. for more click here

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