To the Ends of the Earth: Scotland's Global Diaspora, 1750-2010

To the Ends of the Earth Scotland s Global Diaspora The Scots are one of the world s greatest nations of emigrants For centuries untold numbers of men women and children have sought their fortunes in every conceivable walk of life and in every imagi

  • Title: To the Ends of the Earth: Scotland's Global Diaspora, 1750-2010
  • Author: T.M. Devine
  • ISBN: 9781588343178
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Scots are one of the world s greatest nations of emigrants For centuries, untold numbers of men, women, and children have sought their fortunes in every conceivable walk of life and in every imaginable climate All over the British Empire, the United States, and elsewhere, the Scottish contribution to the development of the modern world has been a formidable one, fromThe Scots are one of the world s greatest nations of emigrants For centuries, untold numbers of men, women, and children have sought their fortunes in every conceivable walk of life and in every imaginable climate All over the British Empire, the United States, and elsewhere, the Scottish contribution to the development of the modern world has been a formidable one, from finance to industry, philosophy to politics.To the Ends of the Earth puts this extraordinary epic center stage, taking many famous stories from the Highland Clearances and emigration to the Scottish Enlightenment and empire and removing layers of myth and sentiment to reveal the no less startling truth Whether in the creation of great cities or prairie farms, the Scottish element always left a distinctive trace, and Devine pays particular attention to the exceptional Scottish role as traders, missionaries, and soldiers.This major new book is also a study of the impact of the global world on Scotland itself and the degree to which the Scottish economy was for many years an imperial economy, with intimate, important links through shipping, engineering, jute, and banking to the most remote of settlements.Filled with fascinating stories and an acute awareness of the poverty and social inequality that provoked so much emigration, To the Ends of the Earth will make its readers think about the world in a quite different way.

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    1. I don't readily award 5 stars, and history is a contentious subject at that. But I revelled in Devine's no-blushes-spared debunking of all the myths, guff and garbage that surrounds Scotland, its history and its diaspora. A refreshing eye-opener, whichever way you look at it. Strongly recommended.

    2. The title of this book is somewhat misleading. Although there are a few chapters detailing the history of Scottish emigration, its sheer volume and the most affected destinations, I would say that most of this book is about Scotland's place in the British Empire. Devine devotes much more time to the contributions made to empire by Scottish industry, financiers, educators and the like which obviously is closely linked to emigration, but the angle of approach is not what was expected.That said, th [...]

    3. Very well researched, and well thought out, but written somewhat like a sociology textbook, so a little bit of a tough slog to get through. One of the big pluses was that Devine did a better job than most of drawing the line between the text and the notes. I rarely felt any need to reference the notes, and when I did, I could see why he didn't include the add'l info in the text. The information presented was really interesting, and the conclusions drawn seem relevant. It gave me a much better ap [...]

    4. The Browser is a wonderful cornucopia of the best writing around the web, and to the detriment of my bank account has the 'Five Book Interview', in which an expert recommends books (yes, five of them) on a particular subject.David Cannadine on the British Empire made it hard for me not to just mark all five plus Cannadine's own book too.

    5. I enjoyed this book for the most part. Devine's writing style is clear and he's done tons of research. Sometimes we have different focuses of interests so he shies away from the topics that interest me the most (he really only talks about women's contributions when discussing missionaries, which is missing a whole breadth of Scottish women's contributions and seems a glaring error to me.) Otherwise, very informative and enjoyable!

    6. Good history writing, about how Scottish emigres found their way all over the world and made a contribution to their adoptive homes. My grandmother, Laura Macmillan, was a probably forced emigre to Canada. Bought during a regular tour of every part of Scotland mainland and islands over the past ten years.

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