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Whaur Extremes Meet

John Donald
Publication Date
01 October 2009
Available for Sale
Birlinn Limited
32pp b/w plates

Whaur Extremes Meet

Scotland's Twentieth Century
by Catriona M.M. Macdonald - Find out more about the author

2010 Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year

’A valuable contribution to our literature’ – Paul Henderson Scott, The Herald

'An important and challenging book ... ought to be in the shelf of anyone with a serious interest in Scotland's past, present or future' – Dr Ewen A Cameron, The Scotsman

On the cusp of memory and history, the story of Scotland’s twentieth-century is contested territory: international yet parochial; prosperous yet ailing; passionate yet temperate. This thematic account of Scotland’s twentieth century examines the economic, social, political and cultural aspects that shaped the sountry during the period. Catriona MacDonald underlines the tensions inherent in the life of a nation distinguished by stark changes and surprising continuities, a fragmented identity, a shifting and at times uneasy accommodation in the UK nation state, and an ongoing engagement with globalising tendencies. In identifying the choices, ambitions, possibilities and contradictions that Scotland experienced during a century of profound change, she uncovers a country in which one can truly say extremes met.

Catriona MacDonald was born in Glasgow and educated at the universities of St Andrews (MA Hons) and Strathclyde (PhD). She is currently a Senior Lecturer in History at Glasgow Caledonian University and is author of The Radical Thread (2000), editor of Unionist Scotland (1998) and co-editor of Scotland and the Great War (1999).

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