The Government Of Scotland 1560-1625

Hardcover | October 14, 2004

byJulian Goodare

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In The Government of Scotland 1560-1625 Goodare shows how Scotland was governed during the transition from Europe's decentralized medieval realms to modern sovereign states. The expanding institutions of government - crown, parliament, privy council, local courts - are detailed, but the bookis structured around an analysis of governmental processes. A new framework is offered for understanding the concept of 'centre and localities': centralization happened in the localities.Various interest groups participated in government and influenced its decisions. The nobility, in particular, exercised influence at every level. There was also English influence, both before and after the union of crowns in 1603. It is argued that the crown's continuing involvement after 1603 showsthe common idea of 'absentee monarchy' to be misconceived. Goodare also pays particular attention to the harsh impact of government in the Highlands - where the chiefs were not full members of 'Scottish' political society - and on the common people - who were also excluded from normal politicalparticipation.

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In The Government of Scotland 1560-1625 Goodare shows how Scotland was governed during the transition from Europe's decentralized medieval realms to modern sovereign states. The expanding institutions of government - crown, parliament, privy council, local courts - are detailed, but the bookis structured around an analysis of governmen...

Julian Goodare is at Lecturer in Scottish History, School of History and Classics, University of Edinburgh.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:October 14, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199243549

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Legitimacy2. The Body Politic3. Law and Legislation4. Personal Monarchy5. Executive Government6. The Privy Council7. Officers and Departments8. Traditional Local Government9. New Powers in the Localities10. Government and Highland Elites11. Government and People12. A Stewart Revolution in Government?13. ConclusionsBibliography

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"A modern description of Scottish government in this much detail is most welcome."--John Cramsie, American Historical Review
"A uniquely readable survey of government, which will interest the more general reader while at the same time satisfying the hunger of scholars who appreciate studies with more meat on their bones."--Renaissance Quarterly