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Stone Voices : Search for Scotland (02 Edition)

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The rediscovery of Scotlands past and a wake-up call about its future, from a leading scholar-journalist

Scotland has a new Parliament and it has North Sea oil, but is it yet an independent, self-sustaining democracy? Is it a true nation? In Stone Voices, Neal Ascherson launches what he calls an imaginative invasion of his native land, searching for the relationships, themes, and fantasies that make up “Scotland.”

Beginning with a breathtaking portrait of the countrys landscape, and of the way humanity has indelibly marked even its rockiest contours, Ascherson takes us on a journey through Scotlands past, interweaving his historical accounts with a rollicking report on a back-country bus expedition he joined during the 1997 referendum campaign that led to Scotlands first modern Parliament. He asked voters then what kind of country they hoped for, what they feared, and what they expected—questions that animate his book as well.

In his search for a nation, Acherson explores many themes: the slow, hybrid formation of the Scottish people over centuries of successive immigrations; the way their most renowned intellectuals and writers came to hate the national church; the peculiar nature of their diaspora; the coexistence of their search for an “authentic” Scotland with the myths others create; and the Scots proud sense of true independence. Stone Voices enlightens us about Scotland, about Europe, and about the conditions for freedom that we must all seek today.

About the Author

Neal Ascherson writes for The Independent in London and The New York Review of Books. His books include Black Sea (H&W, 1995) and The Struggles for Poland. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809088454
Author:
Ascherson, Neal
Publisher:
Hill & Wang
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - Scotland
Subject:
World History-England General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes a Bibliography and an Index
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.9 in 0.809 lb

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