Union and empire: the making of the United Kingdom in 1707

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Abstract

The making of the United Kingdom in 1707 is still a matter of significant political and historical controversy. Allan Macinnes here offers a major new interpretation that sets the Act of Union within a broad European and colonial context and provides a comprehensive picture of its transatlantic and transoceanic ramifications that ranged from the balance of power to the balance of trade. He reexamines English motivations from a colonial as well as a military perspective and assesses the imperial significance of the creation of the United Kingdom. He also explores afresh the commitment of some determined Scots to secure Union for political, religious and opportunist reasons and shows that rather than an act of statesmanship, the resultant Treaty of Union was the outcome of politically inept negotiations by the Scots. Union and Empire will be a major contribution to the history of Britain, empire and early modern state formation.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages382
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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NameCambridge studies in early modern British history
PublisherCambridge University Press

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Keywords

  • United Kingdom
  • Act of Union
  • colonial
  • power
  • trade
  • military
  • Scotland
  • seventeenth century
  • union
  • political economy
  • Jacobitism
  • treaty

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MacInnes, A. (2007). Union and empire: the making of the United Kingdom in 1707. (Cambridge studies in early modern British history).
MacInnes, A. / Union and empire: the making of the United Kingdom in 1707. 2007. 382 p. (Cambridge studies in early modern British history).
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