An attempt to understand and describe Scotland's experience during a period of unprecedented political, economic, social and cultural change, this survey offers the views of 15 leading commentators, providing an overview of important trends in their area such as Home Rule, the discovery of oil, de-industrialization, housing, education, land ownership, the role of women, social class, the literary renaissance and many more areas of Scottish life. Contributors to the survey include: Peter Payne on the economy; Iain Hutchison on government; Lindsay Paterson on education; Callum Brown on popular culture; Graham Walker on sectarianism; and James Mitchell, David McCrone and Roderick Watson on the Union, class and literature.
T. M. Devine is the Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh having previously held Chairs at the universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde. He is the author and editor of many books on Scottish history and related subjects. He has been awarded three honorary doctorates in recognition of his scholarship and is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy. In 2005 he was appointed OBE for services to Scottish history. T M Devine is the only historian to have been awarded the Royal Gold Medal, Scotland's supreme academic accolade, by the Queen. Richard J. Finlay is senior lecturer and Director of the Research Centre in Scottish History at the University of Strathclyde. He is the co-editor with T. M. Devine of Scotland in the Twentieth Century (EUP 2000) and the author of A Partnership for Good? Scottish Politics and the Union since 1880 (Canongate, 1997).