Scotland, The Global History: Murray Pittock

Scotland, The Global History: Murray Pittock

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Blackwell's Bookshop

53-62 South Bridge



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Join Murray Pittock as he talks about his new book Scotland: The Global History, 1603 to the Present

About this event

We are especially honoured to be welcoming along Scotland’s leading cultural historian, Murray Pittock to discuss his spectacularly panoramic and authoritatively monumental book, Scotland: The Global History, 1603 to the Present.

Pittock will be in-conversation with Stephen Gethins (author of Nation to Nation: Scotland's Place in the World) on Wednesday 28th September at 7pm .

Scotland is one of the oldest nations in the world, yet by some it is hardly counted as a nation at all. Neither a colony of England nor a fully equal partner in the British union, Scotland's history has often been seen as simply a component part of British history. But the story of Scotland is one of innovation, exploration, resistance-and global consequence.

Ranging from Scotland’s participation in the Thirty Years’ War and Jacobite Risings in the eighteenth century to the 2016 referendum which saw most Scots vote to remain in the EU, Murray Pittock explores the country’s past and present from an international perspective.

Pittock looks at major historical developments within Scotland and among Scottish communities in the British Empire, Americas and in Continental Europe. He explores Scotland and Empire, examining increasing Scottish presence in the British Army, the rise of nationalism, the Scotticisation of troops and pressures on Scotland from an increasingly monolithic understanding of ‘Britishness’. He concludes by examining the country over the past century, looking at internal divisions on questions such as independence, and the development of Scotland as a global brand, with Burns Supper now an international phenomenon and films such as Braveheart pivotal to the country’s tourism industry.

About the Author

Murray G. H. Pittock FRSE is a Scottish historian and Bradley Professor of Literature at the University of Glasgow. He is the editor and author of many books, including A New History Of Scotland and The Road to Independence?


Doors: 6.30pm, event starts: 7pm

Tickets cost £3, however there is also is a Ticket & Book option which includes a signed copy of Scotland: The Global History.

The bookshop has level access, events are seated and speakers use microphones. If you have any concerns about accessibility, please do get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Please do not attend the event if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been advised to self isolate. For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact the Blackwell's events team on 0131 622 8222 or

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