Northern Neighbours: Scotland and Norway since 1800 (Hardback)
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Northern Neighbours: Scotland and Norway since 1800 (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 31/03/2015
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This is a topical, comparative study of the economic, social and political development of Norway and Scotland since 1800. How did the development of two small countries at the north of Europe, whose histories were joined from about the year 795 AD - including a 300 year alliance - nevertheless diverge sharply in the modern era? This edited collection of essays covers various elements of this analysis including land ownership, politics, agriculture, industry, money and banking, local government, education, religion, access and the outdoor life, as well as several more synthetic chapters. Written as it is by historians, political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists and human geographers, the book moves beyond historical narrative, and outlines elements of a theory of divergent development between Norway and Scotland over the long term, and so towards a novel history which will be of interest to a wider audience. Features: focus on key periods of intensive relationships between Scotland and Norway; new analysis of the differences between the two countries after the medieval period; clear information and analysis of how Norway changed after independence from Denmark; policy ideas on 'independence' issues such as natural resources and land rights; and, exclusive essays from established and new scholars.

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748696208
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Individual chapters or the book as a whole will enrich any graduate course addressing land reform, land grabbing, the agrarian question, or development theory. Beyond the classroom, and beyond academia, the book is a valuable contribution not only to debate about the futures of Scotland and Norway, but also to the broader exploration of alternatives to neoliberalism." -- Matthew Hoffman, Rural Sociology


"This is a thought-provoking book which offers insights into some of the key similarities and many of the differences between these two nations." -- Mike Danson, Scottish Review




"Individual chapters or the book as a whole will enrich any graduate course addressing land reform, land grabbing, the agrarian question, or development theory. Beyond the classroom, and beyond academia, the book is a valuable contribution not only to debate about the futures of Scotland and Norway, but also to the broader exploration of alternatives to neoliberalism." -- Matthew Hoffman, Rural Sociology


"This is a thought-provoking book which offers insights into some of the key similarities and many of the differences between these two nations." -- Mike Danson, Scottish Review




." . . a fascinating study of comparative history . . . the historical background leads into pertinent assessments of how far the much-vaunted 'Nordic Model' of higher taxation and a more potent welfare state is actually fit for purpose in Scotland given the radically different historical formations of the two countries. Here the volume contributes effectively not only to an understanding of the past but also to an important aspect of the constitutional and public policy debates of today and into the future." -- Professor Sir Tom Devine


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