The Invention of Scotland: Myth and History

The Invention of Scotland Myth and History This book argues that while Anglo Saxon culture has given rise to virtually no myths at all myth has played a central role in the historical development of Scottish identity Hugh Trevor Roper explore

  • Title: The Invention of Scotland: Myth and History
  • Author: Hugh Trevor-Roper
  • ISBN: 9780300136869
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This book argues that while Anglo Saxon culture has given rise to virtually no myths at all, myth has played a central role in the historical development of Scottish identity Hugh Trevor Roper explores three myths across 400 years of Scottish history the political myth of the ancient constitution of Scotland the literary myth, including Walter Scott as well as OssianThis book argues that while Anglo Saxon culture has given rise to virtually no myths at all, myth has played a central role in the historical development of Scottish identity Hugh Trevor Roper explores three myths across 400 years of Scottish history the political myth of the ancient constitution of Scotland the literary myth, including Walter Scott as well as Ossian and ancient poetry and the sartorial myth of tartan and the kilt, invented ironically, by Englishmen in quite modern times Trevor Roper reveals myth as an often deliberate cultural construction used to enshrine a people s identity While his treatment of Scottish myth is highly critical, indeed debunking, he shows how the ritualization and domestication of Scotland s myths as local color diverted the Scottish intelligentsia from the path that led German intellectuals to a dangerous myth of racial supremacy This compelling manuscript was left unpublished on Trevor Roper s death in 2003 and is now made available for the first time Written with characteristic elegance, lucidity, and wit, and containing defiant and challenging opinions, it will absorb and provoke Scottish readers while intriguing many others I believe that the whole history of Scotland has been coloured by myth and that myth, in Scotland, is never driven out by reality, or by reason, but lingers on until another myth has been discovered, or elaborated, to replace it Hugh Trevor Roper

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    1. I first read the two essays on kilts as part of The Invention of Tradition in my university days. It's no lie to say that they were key to changing my view on the world. For the first time I understood how people's culture defines them, and how they choose to define their culture. It was a breakthrough moment in my academic life. This book expands on that theme, and shows how the Scots also attempted to invent a literary and political history that plays to their romantic and glorious ideals. Tre [...]


    2. I found this book entertaining. I enjoyed Trevor-Roper's moments of sarcasm such as his comment that the campaign against Napoleon was no doubt won because the Highlander regiments wore kilts. I envisioned Hugh Laurie speaking lines such as that one and chortled.On the other hand, I'd imagine that many readers would not be best pleased by an English author debunking Scottish history and culture. Like most Englishmen, he fails to distinguish between an inhabitant of Scotland and a bottle of whisk [...]


    3. I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did and ended up skimming large portions of it. The premise of how three mythical origins of Scotland and Scottish history--the ancient constitution, the ancient epic poetry of Ossian and the authentic kilts of the various clans--were not based in fact but invented over the years to promote national pride and heritage was intriguing, but the writing is very dry and pedantic. I did not realize this book was published posthumously. Perhaps if the author had [...]



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