- Introduction The Study of Modern Scottish History
Over the last three decades, major advances in research and scholarship have transformed understanding of the Scottish past. In this study, some of the most eminent writers on the subject, together with emerging talents, have combined to produce a large-scale volume, which reconsiders the classic themes of the nation's history since the sixteenth century, as well as a number of new topics that are only now receiving detailed attention. Such major themes as the Reformation, the Union of 1707, the Scottish Enlightenment, clearances, industrialization, empire, emigration, and The Great War are approached from novel perspectives, but so too are such issues as the Scottish environment, myth, family, criminality, the literary tradition, and Scotland's contemporary history. All articles contain syntheses of current knowledge, but their authors also stand back and reflect critically on the questions that still remain unanswered, the issues which generate dispute and controversy, and sketch out, where appropriate, the agenda for future research. This publication also places the Scottish experience firmly in an international historical experience with a considerable focus on the age-old emigration of the Scottish people, the impact of successive waves of immigrants on Scotland, and the nation's key role within the British Empire.