Synopses & Reviews
When the Scottish Parliament sat in Edinburgh for the first time in nearly three hundred years it was the climax of Europe's most peaceable and legalistic national movement. But dull it wasn't. In war and peace, from Empire to Europe, through the rise and fall of industry, the cause of self-government has been endlessly reinvented and remodelled, sometimes surviving more as a poetic fashion rather than as a political campaign. But it got there in the end.The Road To Home Rule documents not just the demonstrations, the party politics and international upheavals which swept the Scottish cause along - and all too frequently adrift - during the twentieth century, but also shows how it swam in the tides of social change and cultural inspiration. From Keir Hardie's and William Gladstone's promises to Tony Blair's and Donald Dewar's delivery, via a route populated by the larger-than-life characters and ideas of Hugh MacDiarmid, Winnie Ewing, Michael Forsyth, round the milestones and millstones of Convent
This volume documents the Scottish road to home rule. It covers the demonstrations and protests, journalism and poetry, party politics and international upheavals which swept the cause along in the 20th century. There is a core essay by the authors.
About the Author
Christopher Harvie is Agent - Tony Peake, Peake Associates, 14 Gratton Crescent, London NW1 8SB at the Peter Jones is Scotland and Northern England Correspondent at the The Economist