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Scottish Presbyterians and the Act of Union 1707. Jeffrey Stephen. vi+274 pp. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007. 50.00. ISBN: 978 0 7486 2505 5.

Scottish Presbyterians and the Act of Union 1707. Jeffrey Stephen. vi+274 pp. Edinburgh:... BOOK REVIEWS Scottish Presbyterians and the Act of Union 1707. Jeffrey Stephen. vi+274 pp. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007. £50.00. ISBN: 978 0 7486 2505 5. Without doubt, a "new" historiography concerning the 1707 Union between Scotland and England has burst on to the scene in the past two years, focused on the tercentenary of the union in 2007. Jeff Stephen's book has been an important contribution to this new historiography, focusing on the bête noir of the traditional historiography of the Union, namely the Church of Scotland. Stephen's book is based on his doctoral thesis at the University of Aberdeen. The book has a very short preface, which reads like an abstract to a PhD thesis. There are three quotations in the preface, but no references are given, so it is impossible to identify the particular historians that Stephen is alluding to at the start of the book. Thereafter, the book consists of seven chapters - the Religious and Political background, 1689-1706, Securing the Church in the Event of a Union, the Commission of the General Assembly, Presbyteries and Parishes: Addressing against the Union, the Church and Popular Protest, Incorporating Union: The Search for an Alternative and a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scottish Church History Edinburgh University Press

Scottish Presbyterians and the Act of Union 1707. Jeffrey Stephen. vi+274 pp. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007. 50.00. ISBN: 978 0 7486 2505 5.

Scottish Church History , Volume 39 (1): 3 – Jun 1, 2009

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BOOK REVIEWS Scottish Presbyterians and the Act of Union 1707. Jeffrey Stephen. vi+274 pp. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007. £50.00. ISBN: 978 0 7486 2505 5. Without doubt, a "new" historiography concerning the 1707 Union between Scotland and England has burst on to the scene in the past two years, focused on the tercentenary of the union in 2007. Jeff Stephen's book has been an important contribution to this new historiography, focusing on the bête noir of the traditional historiography of the Union, namely the Church of Scotland. Stephen's book is based on his doctoral thesis at the University of Aberdeen. The book has a very short preface, which reads like an abstract to a PhD thesis. There are three quotations in the preface, but no references are given, so it is impossible to identify the particular historians that Stephen is alluding to at the start of the book. Thereafter, the book consists of seven chapters - the Religious and Political background, 1689-1706, Securing the Church in the Event of a Union, the Commission of the General Assembly, Presbyteries and Parishes: Addressing against the Union, the Church and Popular Protest, Incorporating Union: The Search for an Alternative and a

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Published: Jun 1, 2009

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