The Invention of Scotland: Myth and History

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'I believe that the whole history of Scotland has been coloured by myth; and that myth, in Scotland, is never driven out by reality, or by reason, but lingers on until another myth has been discovered, or elaborated, to replace it,' wrote Hugh Trevor-Roper. This book argues that while Anglo-Saxon culture has given rise to virtually no myths at all, myth has played a central role in the historical development of Scottish identity. Trevor-Roper explores three myths across 400 years of Scottish history: the political myth of the 'ancient constitution' of Scotland; the literary myth, including Walter Scott as well as Ossian and ancient poetry; and the sartorial myth of tartan and the kilt, invented ironically by Englishmen in quite modern times. Trevor-Roper reveals myth as an often deliberate cultural construction used to enshrine a people's identity. While his treatment of Scottish myth is highly critical, indeed debunking, he shows how the ritualisation and domestication of Scotland's myths as local colour diverted the Scottish intelligentsia from the path that led German intellectuals to a dangerous myth of racial supremacy This compelling script was left unpublished on Trevor-Roper's death in 2003 and is now made available for the first time. Written with characteristic elegance, lucidity and wit, and containing defiant and challenging opinions, it will absorb and provoke Scottish readers and intrigue many others.

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"This is one sly hoot of a book." -- Laurel Maury "Los Angeles Times" (07/13/2008)

"This is one sly hoot of a book."?Laurel Maury, Los Angeles Times -- Laurel Maury "Los Angeles Times" (07/13/2008)

"This is one sly hoot of a book."Laurel Maury, Los Angeles Times -- Laurel Maury "Los Angeles Times" (07/13/2008)

"This is one sly hoot of a book."--Laurel Maury, "Los Angeles Times"--Laurel Maury"Los Angeles Times" (07/13/2008)

"This last book displays a fine wit. . . . Its publication makes a welcome tribute to a fine historian as well as his last word on the imagined past."--William Anthony Hay, "The""Washington Times"--William Anthony Hay"The Washington Times" (07/27/2008)

"Delightful."--Robert Landrum, "The Historian"--Robert Landrum "The Historian "

"This is one sly hoot of a book." Laurel Maury, "Los Angeles Times"--Laurel Maury"Los Angeles Times" (07/13/2008)"

"As with so many of the tales Trevor-Roper has to tell, the truth may not be as romantic as the legend, but its irony makes it no less compelling." Adam Kirsch, "New York Sun"--Adam Kirsch"New York Sun" (07/23/2008)"

"The aim of this wonderful work of scholarship and literary wit is to show how the 'customs and costumes of the Scottish Highlands'. . .were reinvented, embellished, and extended to embrace all of Scotland and her glorious history. . . . [A] marvelous book." Katherine A./i>--Katherine A. Powers"Boston Globe" (07/13/2008)"

"This last book displays a fine wit. . . .Its publication makes a welcome tribute to a fine historian as well as his last word on the imagined past." William Anthony Hay, "The" "Washington Times"--William Anthony Hay"The Washington Times" (07/27/2008)"

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'Trevor-Roper is generous in his admiration for a Celtic culture capable of discovering and developing itself by devising its own identity.'

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