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Book review: Independence or Union by TM Devine

By John McTernan   March 2016

Allen Lane, £30

cover.jpg.rendition.460.707“What on earth is going on in Scotland?” This question is eagerly asked when people find out you are Scottish. Well now there’s an answer—hand them a copy of TM Devine’s new book and say: “It’s quite complicated, but it started a while ago. Have a read of this.”

Devine, if he hadn’t already been knighted for services to Scottish history, would have been high on a list for preferment after this new work, which tells the story of Scotland from union in 1707 to the present day. Briskly, clearly…

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