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Palgrave Macmillan

Scotland and America, c.1600-c.1800

ISBN 9780230516571
Publication Date February 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

While the literature relating to Scottish contact with America has grown significantly in recent years, the influence of America on Scotland and its early modern history has been neglected in favour of a preoccupation with Scottish influence on the formation of North American national identities. Alexander Murdoch's fascinating new study explores Scottish interactions with North America in a desire to open up fresh perspectives on the subject.

Scotland and America, c.1600-c.1800
• surveys the key centuries of economic, migratory and cultural exchange, including Canada and the Caribbean
• discusses Scottish participation in the Atlantic slave trade and the debate over its abolition
• considers the Scottish experience of British unionism with respect to developing American traditions of unionism in the U.S. and Canada.

Incorporating the latest research, this is essential reading for anyone interested in the dynamic relationship between Scotland and America during a key period in history.

ALEXANDER MURDOCH is Senior Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and was formerly Researcher for the Scottish Records program of the North Carolina State Archives, USA. His previous publications include British History 1660-1832 (also published by Palgrave Macmillan in the British Studies series).

Preface
Introduction
PART I: SCOTTISH TRADE AND SETTLEMENT IN AMERICA
Scotland and America in the Seventeenth Century
Emigration in the Eighteenth Century
Sugar and Tobacco: 'Let Glasgow Flourish'
PART II: TRANSATLANTIC SCOTLAND: CULTURAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN SCOTLAND AND AMERICA
Slavery and Scotland
Scotland and Native Peoples in the Americas
The Spiritual Connection
Epilogue: The Scottish Invention of the USA
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"...evaluates the transatlantic context within which Scotland became defined by union with England, and it is this thesis which most clearly differentiates Murdoch's important study from the substantial stable of other publications on Scottish–American relations in the post-union period." -Marjorie Harper, History "Few scholars today would dispute ... the Scottish Enlightenment made a major contribution to the developing culture of colonial, revolutionary and postrevolutionary America. To that impressive body of recent scholarship, Alexander Murdoch's book is a most welcome addition." - Andrew Hook, The Journal of American Studies "The most original contribution of Murdoch's book is his investigation of the influences originating in America and impacting events and perceptions in Scotland during the nineteenth century." - Martin Clagett, Eighteenth-Century Scotland
"An accessible, and admirably concise, introduction to many key themes." - Elizabeth Ritchie, Northern Scotland
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