• Land tenure

The Poor Had No Lawyers

Who Owns Scotland (And How They Got It)
Author: Andy Wightman
Publisher: Birlinn
ISBN: 9781780273105
Category: Land tenure
Page: 560
View: 9069
Who owns Scotland? How did they get it? What happened to all the common land in Scotland? Has the Scottish Parliament made any difference? Can we get our common good land back? In this book, Andy Wightman updates the statistics of landownership in Scotland and explores how and why landowners got their hands on the millions of acres of land that were once held in common. He tells the untold story of how Scotland's legal establishment and politicians managed to appropriate land through legal fixes. Have attempts to redistribute this power more equitably made any difference, and what are the full implications of the recent debt-fuelled housing bubble, the Smith Commission and the new Scottish Government's proposals on land reform? For all those with an interest in urban and rural land in Scotland, this updated edition of The Poor Had No Lawyers provides a fascinating analysis of one the most important political questions in Scotland.

    • Land reform

Who Owns Scotland

Author: Andy Wightman
Publisher: N.A
Category: Land reform
Page: 235
View: 8598
This is a comprehensive account and analysis of landownership in Scotland. Drawing on a wide range of sources, it lists the owners of Scotland, and analyzes the current pattern of landownership and how it has evolved over the centuries.

    • Social Science

Lairds, Land and Sustainability

Scottish Perspectives on Upland Management
Author: Jayne Glass,Martin Price,Alister Scott
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780748645916
Category: Social Science
Page: 238
View: 4416
A wide-ranging study of how different landownership models deliver sustainability in Scotland's upland areas. Scotland is at the heart of modern, sustainable upland management. Large estates cover vast areas of the uplands, with a long, complex and emotive history of ownership and use. In recent decades, the Scottish uplands have increasingly been the arena for passionate debates over large-scale land management issues. Crucially, what kinds of ownership and management will best deliver sustainable futures for upland environments and communities? Although the globally unique dominance of private ownership remains a distinctive characteristic of Scotland's uplands, increasing numbers of estates are now owned by environmental NGOs and local communities, especially since the Land Reform (Scotland) Act of 2003. A decade after the passage of this landmark Act, this book synthesises research carried out on a diverse range of upland estates by the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands. The findings from privately-owned estates as well as those owned by communities, charities and conservation groups will prove enlightening and relevant to upland managers, policy makers, and researchers across Britain and Europe. With the Scottish Government promoting a vision of environmental sustainability, and with the new diversity of ownerships and management now appearing, this timely and topical book investigates the implications of these different types of land ownership for sustainable upland management.

    • Commons

Common Land in Scotland

A Brief Overview
Author: Andy Wightman
Publisher: IIED
ISBN: 9781843694953
Category: Commons
Page: 21
View: 7404

    • Political Science

Northern Neighbours

Author: John Bryden
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 1474403433
Category: Political Science
Page: 336
View: 9724
This edited collection of essays covers various elements of the analysis of Norway and Scotland including land ownership, politics, agriculture, industry, money and banking, local government, education, religion, access and the outdoor life, as well as se

    • Political Science

Roch Winds

A Treacherous Guide to the State of Scotland
Author: Cailean Gallagher
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
ISBN: 1910324841
Category: Political Science
Page: 124
View: 5011
Did Scotland’s rough wind become something more after the referendum, as so many hoped it would, or did it blow itself out? What power can pessimism have in a nation of newfound self-confidence? A generation ago, the socialist poet Hamish Henderson forecast that ‘mair nor a roch wind’ - more than a rough wind - would rush through the great glen of the world as empires and nations collapsed. In Roch Winds, three young radicals pick through the rubble left in the wake of the storm that propelled the Scottish National Party into a position of unprecedented political dominance in Scotland. This darkly humorous book dissects the rise of the SNP and the fall of Labour during the months leading up to 2014 Independence Referendum and beyond. Drawing on their involvement in the Yes campaign for independence and the Labour Party, the authors cast their eyes to Scotland’s future and to radical horizons. Fluent, funny and full of fighting talk, this book is for everyone who has ever wondered what lies behind the tartan curtain of Scotland’s new establishment.

    • Social Science

Hillbilly Elegy

A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
Author: J. D. Vance
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062872257
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
View: 1070
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF "6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP'S WIN" AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD "You will not read a more important book about America this year."—The Economist "A riveting book."—The Wall Street Journal "Essential reading."—David Brooks, New York Times Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.'s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

Cool Scots

Author: Greg Moodie
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781912147267
Page: 192
View: 759
'There is an old Scottish saying: Some are born cool, some achieve coolness, and some have coolness thrust upon them. At least I think it's Scottish. It doesn't matter.' What do Kenny Dalglish and Robert Louis Stevenson have in common? Or Annie Lennox and Mary Barbour? Or Joseph Knight and Sean Connery? They are but a few examples of the Scots that have shaped the cool nation we see today. In this whacky toon-fest of character sketches, Greg Moodie presents 42 key figures in Scotland's rich and varied history. Spanning the living and the dead, the portraits range from potentially paranoid politicians and health-and-safety-loving Formula One drivers to Jacobite heroines and promiscuous poets. Basically, you get the best of the best. Accompanying each brief biography - peppered with quirky anecdotes, hilarious quips and mostly accurate facts - is a psychedelic portrait that blends past and present. Ever seen Muriel Sparks sport a studded choker or James Clerk Maxwell boast two sleeves of tattoos? You will now. For once including those cool Scottish women so often ignored in history books, Moodie presents his collection 'in an order deliberately designed to jolt your little minds out of their preconceived ideas of time'. You'll leap between modern day musicians and 18th century science writers at the turn of each delightfully glossy page. Lavishly illustrated throughout, Moodie celebrates Scotland's achievements, revels in its victories and occasionally blends fact and fiction.

    • Political Science

Who Owns Scotland Now?

The Use and Abuse of Private Land
Author: Auslan Cramb
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company Limited
ISBN: 9781851589647
Category: Political Science
Page: 208
View: 6020
Investigating the influence of landowners in Scotland today, this text asks such questions as: should areas containing internationally important species and habitats be sold to the highest bidder?; and should vast areas of Scotland be treated as occasional homes by wealthy foreigners?

    • Travel

The Marches

A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland
Author: Rory Stewart
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544105796
Category: Travel
Page: 304
View: 1228
“An unforgettable tale.” — National Geographic In The Places in Between Rory Stewart walked some of the most dangerous borderlands in the world. Now he travels with his eighty-nine-year-old father—a comical, wily, courageous, and infuriating former British intelligence officer—along the border they call home. On Stewart’s four-hundred-mile walk across a magnificent natural landscape, he sleeps on mountain ridges and in housing projects, in hostels and farmhouses. With every fresh encounter—from an Afghanistan veteran based on Hadrian’s Wall to a shepherd who still counts his flock in sixth-century words—Stewart uncovers more about the forgotten peoples and languages of a vanished country, now crushed between England and Scotland. Stewart and his father are drawn into unsettling reflections on landscape, their parallel careers in the bygone British Empire and Iraq, and the past, present, and uncertain future of the United Kingdom. And as the end approaches, the elder Stewart’s stubborn charm transforms this chronicle of nations into a fierce, exuberant encounter between a father and a son. This is a profound reflection on family, landscape, and history by a powerful and original writer. “The miracle of The Marches is not so much the treks Stewart describes, pulling in all possible relevant history, as the monument that emerges to his beloved father.” — New York Times Book Review

    • Scots

Testimonies of Transition

Voices from the Scottish Diaspora
Author: Marjory Harper
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781912147311
Category: Scots
Page: 224
View: 4387
Memories are constructed and reconstructed not simply by the lapse of time and the onset of old age, but by the political, cultural and personal context in which recollections are invoked and interpreted. Memories also shape - and are shaped by - perceptions of identity. Scotland cannot be separated from the saga of its diaspora: the millions of emigrants who in various ways implanted aspects of their Scottish identity in the lands where they settled or sojourned. Marjory Harper explores the motives and experiences of migrants, settlers and returners by focusing on the personal testimonies of a handful of the two million men, women and children who left Scotland in the 20th century. These testimonies show how oral tellings can create a relationship between the events of the past and the modern reader through the examination of the migrants' choice to leave,their arrival in a new land and, for some, the transition of returning home.

    • Political Science


What post-Brexit Scotland can learn from the Nordics
Author: Lesley Riddoch
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
ISBN: 1910324914
Category: Political Science
Page: 150
View: 4651
The Nordic countries have a veritable smörgåsbord of relationships with the European Union, from in to out to somewhere in between. So, what does that mean for Scotland? Well, somewhere in this incredible diversity of relationships with Europe is an arrangement that’s likely to be good for Scotland too – strangely enough, maybe more than one. Inside or outside the UK, Scotland wants to keep trade and cultural links with Europe – that much is clear. But is the EU really the best club in town for an independent Scotland? Or would Scots benefit from ‘doing a Norway’ – joining the halfway house of the EEA and keeping the Single Market but losing the troublesome Common Fisheries and Agriculture Policies? Would an independent Scotland need the support and shelter of another union – or could the nation stand alone like the tiny Faroes or Iceland? These tough questions have already been faced and resolved by five Nordic nations and their autonomous territories within the last 40 years. Perhaps there’s something for Scotland to learn? The unique combination of personal experience and experts’ insights give this book its hands-on character: pragmatic and thought-provoking, challenging and instructive, full of amazing stories and useful comparisons, enriching the debates about Scotland’s post-Brexit future as a Nordic neighbour. Scotland’s response to Britain’s divided Brexit vote has been positively Nordic – Scots expect diversity and empowerment to be entirely possible – whilst Westminster’s reaction has been decidedly British. One singer – one song. One deal for everyone – end of. Lesley Riddoch Of course, the majority of Nordic nations are eu members. But perhaps the eea is a closer fit for Scotland? Perhaps, too, a viable halfway house option would boost support for Scottish independence? Especially since Holyrood may not automatically retrieve powers from Europe post Brexit. Paddy Bort

    • Political Science

Scotland - Land and Power

The Agenda for Land Reform
Author: Andy Wightman
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780946487707
Category: Political Science
Page: 126
View: 4541
What is land reform? Will the Scottish parliament make a difference? This work argues that nothing less than a radical, comprehensive programme of land reform can make the difference that is needed. It clarifies the complexities of land ownership in Scotland, and explodes the myth that land issues are relevant only to the far flung fringes of rural Scotland. The book also questions mainstream political commitment to land reform, while the author offers his own programme for change with a vision of how Scotland can move from outmoded, unjust power structures towards a more equitable landowning democracy.

    • Juvenile Fiction

The Hill of the Red Fox

Author: Allan Campbell McLean
Publisher: Floris Books
ISBN: 1782500871
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 272
View: 4770
It is the time of the Cold War. Soviet spies are feared, and secrets are traded. People disappear. Thirteen-year-old Alasdair, living in London, knows nothing of this world. He can't wait to start his long summer holiday on the Isle of Skye, away from his mother and aunt. But things don't go quite as planned. On the journey, a stranger gives him a mysterious note before jumping from the train. Worse still, he instantly mistrusts sinister Murdo Beaton, with whom he's staying. Gradually adjusting to crofting life, Alasdair is not prepared for the web of danger and espionage that unfolds around him.

The Making of the Crofting Community

Author: James Hunter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781912476329
Page: 304
View: 3556
This book has been seminal in bringing to the fore the injustices that have been inflicted on the Highlands in the name of government andlandlord - injustices often lost in the name of dry statistics and academic balance.Written by a man who has gone on to become both an award-winning historian of the Highlands and a leading figure in the public life of theregion, The Making of the Crofting Community has attracted praise, inspired debate, and provoked outrage and controversy over the years. Thisbook remains necessary to challenge standard academic interpretations of the Highland past. Having long been one of the classics of Birlinn'sJohn Donald list, this revised and updated new edition includes a substantial new preface and an extensive reworking of the existing text.

    • History

Independence or Union

Scotland's Past and Scotland's Present
Author: T M Devine
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241215889
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 8904
There can be no relationship in Europe's history more creative, significant, vexed and uneasy than that between Scotland and England. From the Middle Ages onwards the island of Britain has been shaped by the unique dynamic between Edinburgh and London, exchanging inhabitants, monarchs, money and ideas, sometimes in a spirit of friendship and at others in a spirit of murderous dislike. Tom Devine's seminal new book explores this extraordinary history in all its ambiguity, from the seventeenth century to the present. When not undermining each other with invading armies, both Scotland and England have broadly benefitted from each other's presence - indeed for long periods of time nobody questioned the union which joined them. But as Devine makes clear, it has for the most part been a relationship based on consent, not force, on mutual advantage, rather than antagonism - and it has always held the possibility of a political parting of the ways. With the United Kingdom under a level of scrutiny unmatched since the eighteenth century Independence or Union is the essential guide.

    • Self-Help

How to win friends & influence people

Author: Dale Carnegie
Publisher: Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd
ISBN: 9352613937
Category: Self-Help
Page: 224
View: 7576

    • Philosophy

The Righteous Mind

Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
Author: Jonathan Haidt
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307455777
Category: Philosophy
Page: 500
View: 7875
Presents a groundbreaking investigation into the origins of morality at the core of religion and politics, offering scholarly insight into the motivations behind cultural clashes that are polarizing America.

    • London (England)

The People of the Abyss

Author: Jack London
Publisher: N.A
Category: London (England)
Page: 319
View: 6208

    • Nationalism

And the Land Lay Still

Author: James Robertson
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141028548
Category: Nationalism
Page: 673
View: 6819
'Toweringly ambitious, virtually flawlessly realized, a masterpiece and, without doubt, my book of the year' John Harding, Daily Mail And the Land Lay Still is nothing less than the story of a nation. James Robertson's breathtaking novel is a portrait of modern Scotland as seen through the eyes of natives and immigrants, journalists and politicians, drop-outs and spooks, all trying to make their way through a country in the throes of great and rapid change. It is a moving, sweeping story of family, friendship, struggle and hope - epic in every sense. 'Powerful and moving. A brilliant and multifaceted saga of Scottish life in the second half of the twentieth century' Sunday Times 'Bold, discursive and deep, Robertson's sweeping history of life and politics in twentieth-century Scotland should not be ignored' Ian Rankin, Observer, Books of the Year 'Gripping, vivid, beautifully realized' The Times 'Brilliant and thoughtful. Eminently readable, subtle and profound' Independent on Sunday 'Engrossing' Daily Telegraph