I attended the launch of Scotland and the British Empire, edited by John M. MacKenzie, and Tom M. Devine, at Blackwell’s last night.
As you can see, there were numerous people at the event, and it was a pleasure to listen to listen to John M. MacKenzie (seated), and Tom M. Devine (standing) introduce their work.
A lot of progress has been made since the nonsense written by John Prebble on Scottish history. Prebble gave the impression of a nation which was, essentially, victimised by its neighbour, but Scotland and the British Empire makes it clear that Scotland played a very distinctive and positive role in the development of the British Empire. Scotland and the British Empire is much more accurate than Jeremy Paxman’s Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British.
I’m currently reading another of Devine’s books, To the Ends of the Earth: Scotland’s Global Diaspora.