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Facing the Bear

Scotland and the Cold War

By: Trevor Royle

Price: CAD $45.00


Imprint: Birlinn

368 Pages

9.49 X 6.42 X 1.18 ins

ISBN:  9781780275260 -- Hardcover

Publication Date: 10/23/2019

In this book Trevor Royle paints a fascinating portrait of this extraordinary period, examining not just the wider military and political contexts, but also showing how the defence industry brought huge economic benefits, how CND maintained a high-profile presence, and how anti-nuclear sentiments underpinned much of the left's thinking in Scotland and contributed to the hegemony enjoyed by the Labour Party in Scotland during the Cold War.

'Engrossing... Like a military commander at the top of his game, Royle marshals his material to maximum effect to show how Scotland has been shaped by, and also helped shape, the Cold War, which began in 1945 and ended after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He ranges far and wide and has that rare talent to marry the local with the geopolitical... But this is not simply a story of military hardware and confrontation. Royle is very interesting on how the Cold War influenced our cultural life from the novel to poetry and the protest song.' - Barclay McBain, The Herald

Trevor Royle is a broadcaster and author specialising in the history of war and empire. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is also a member of the Scottish Government?s Advisory Panel for Commemorating the First World War. He is the author of The Flowers of the Forest and A Time of Tyrants.

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