Scotland and the Union of 1707: Economics, Nationalism, and Religion
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The Union of 1707 between England and Scotland was an historical event of immense importance. In order to give a full explanation of the event it would be necessary to give a detailed account of the history of Scotland prior to the Union. Furthermore, to be able to express the consequences of the Union would require an equally comprehensive account of the history of Scotland·from 1707 to the present. The size of such projects· was beyond the capabilities of this paper. Therefore, what I have tried to do is present the roles that economics, nationalism, and religion had on the Union, as well as, what affect the Union had on them. I attempted to centralize on the Union. In other words, I took each individual factor - economics, nationalism, and religion - and explained how it affected the Union. I flanked this material by an account of Scotland's position pertaining to these factors immediately preceding the Union and following the Union. This paper reflects primarily the views of the Scot as opposed to the English. This is done in order to limit the quantity of material not the quality. Also, because the Union of 1707 had, in my opinion, a greater affect on Scotland than it did on England. England has consistently been able to affect the policies and history of Scotland more than Scotland has been able to affect those of England.