T. M. Devine is University Research Professor and Director of the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Among Professor Devine's previous publications are The Tobacco Lords, Conflict and Stability in Scottish Society, Improvement and Enlightenment, The Great Highland Famine, Clanship to Crofter's War, Irish Immigrants and Scottish Society and The Scottish Nation 1700-2000.
Magnificent ... a high achievement, a history of modern Scotland which, rarely for the subject, endows with sweep and power the changes that have created the country we live in -- Michael Fry * Herald *
Devine's scholarship is state of the art ... if you are after answers to the big questions of Scottish history, Devine is your man -- Niall Ferguson
I think this book takes its place among the greatest accounts of Scotland's history available today -- Alex Salmond * New Statesman BOOKS OF THE YEAR *