By University of Glasgow
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Landmark series of seminars running from September 2012 to May 2013. The Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies offers a unique perspective on how the “voice of the people” has been heard in Scotland since medieval times. Historians, political commentators and literary scholars consider the role that ordinary Scots played in some of the most significant events over the past 700 years, and whether their views and opinions were taken into account.
||CleanDeclaration of Arbroath and its Legacy||Professor Ted Cowan from the University of Glasgow and Professor Roger Mason of St Andrews University debate the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath and its legacy as part of the Vox Populi research seminar series, 2012-2013.||17 10 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||CleanVideoWhat Andrew Melville Really Thought of James VI||Andrew Melville infamously called James VI God’s ‘sillie vassal’, but what do his writings reveal about his views on kingship and the power of the people? In this seminar paper, Dr. Steven Reid, Lecturer in History at the University of Glasgow, a||25 10 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||CleanVideoNational Opinion and the Union Question in the Union of Crowns||Between 1603 and 1707, Scottish monarchs also ruled England and made repeated attempts to bring the two kingdoms together in a complete union. Dr. Karin Bowie assesses the role that the Scottish parliament and the people were believed to have in this p||25 11 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElections, Voting and Representation in Early Modern Scotland||To what extent had Scotland developed a democratic political culture before the Union of 1707? While avoiding anachronistic claims for precocious modernity, Professor Keith Brown evaluates democratic practices at the local and national level in pre-Uni||24 4 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||CleanVideoWilkes and Scottish Liberty: The Reception of John Wilkes in The Weekly Magazine||What did the Scots think of the Scotophobia expressed in John Wilkes’ North Briton newspaper? Rhona Brown uses letters and poetry from the Edinburgh-based Weekly Magazine as a conduit for Scottish opinion in the age of Enlightenment. Dr. Brown is a||24 4 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRepublican Reality: Scotland and the United States of America (1790-1820)||What did the Scots think of the new American republic, especially when that republic went to war against the British state? Emma Macleod examines a range of Scottish opinions as found in the newspapers of the day. Dr. Macleod is a Lecturer in History||24 4 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Voice of the 'Wee Society': the Referenda Experience in Scottish Local Gover||What role have referenda played in Scottish political culture before the referendums of 1979 and 1997? Irene Maver shows how burgh and council governments from the mid-nineteenth century used voter plebiscites to determine local opinion on questions ra||8 5 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRemembering 1979||Acting both as a historian and an eye witness, Professor Christopher Harvie assesses the negative outcome of the 1979 referendum. He highlights the role of party politics and considers how the Thatcher era might have been different for Scotland with an||21 6 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Referendum of 1997: the Settled Will of the Scottish People?||In 1997, a majority of the Scottish electorate voted to re-establish a parliament for Scotland. In this talk, BBC Scotland Political Editor Brian Taylor draws on his experience in reporting the referendum to show how party political aims and popular op||21 6 2013||Free||View in iTunes|