The Two Unions Ireland, Scotland, and the Survival of the United Kingdom, 1707-2007

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  • Copyright: 2013-08-16
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Much has been written about the decline of the United Kingdom. The Two Unions looks instead at the lengthy survival of the Union, examining the institutions, structures, and individuals that have contributed to its longevity. In order to understand its survival, the author, one of the foremost historians of modern Ireland and of the British-Irish relationship, sustains a comparison between the Irish and Scots Unions, their respective origins and subsequent development. He provides a detailed examination of the two interlinked Unionist movements in Scotland and Ireland. Alvin Jackson illuminates not only the history and varied health of the United Kingdom over the past 300 years, but also its present condition and prospects.

Author Biography

Alvin Jackson is Richard Lodge Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh. He was educated at Corpus Christi College and Nuffield College, Oxford, and has held a British Academy Senior Research Fellowship as well as a British Academy Research Readership.

Table of Contents

I The Measures and their Histories
1. Histories - historiography, comparability, complexity, longevity
2. Prehistories (1290-1690, 1300-1782): Scots and Irish
3. Contexts (1689-1703, 1782-1798): economic, military, and parliamentary
4. Debates and terms (1705-1707, 1799-1801)
II The Survival of the Unions: Overviews
5. The survival of the Scots union, 1707-1997
6. The survival of the Irish union, 1800-1921
III The Survival of the Unions: People, Ideas, Institutions
7. Scottish unionists and the union, 1707-2007: parties, people, and histories
8. Irish unionists and the union, 1801-2007: parties, people, and histories
IV Reflections on the Unions
9. Conclusion: North Britain, West Britain

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