J. H. Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History at Oxford University. He was knighted for his services to history and has been honored by the Spanish government. He won the Balzan Prize for his publications on European history and the Francis Parkman Prize for Empires of the Atlantic World.
For a greater understanding of Scotland and Catalonia within a wider crisis of mainstream politics, this thought-provoking book is an ideal place to start. -Donald MacRaild, THES A pioneering and scrupulously even-handed comparative history. -The Economist John Elliott has written a book that is both topical and timeless - Luis Fernandez-Galiano, ArquitecturaViva Lucid and well-reasoned book -David Gilmour, Literary Review An Illuminating account - Tony Barber, Financial Times(Books of the Year 2018) Finalist in the 2019 Los Angeles Times Prizes, History category J. H. Elliott is a superb guide through the complexities of Catalan and Scottish history. With a deft touch and lucid prose he fully demonstrates the great value of historical comparison for understanding present conditions in both societies. -Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine, University of Edinburgh Rarely has a work of comparative history been so timely and newsworthy. J.H. Elliott's learned comparative study of the long-term trajectories of Scotland and Catalonia is a reliable guide to the current travails of the nation-state in Western Europe. Elliott cogently explains the background to the phoenix-like revival of long-submerged historic nations within both the UK and Spain. -Colin Kidd, author of Union and Unionisms: Political Thought in Scotland 1500-2000 and British Identities before Nationalism: Ethnicity and Nationhood in the British Atlantic World, 1600-1800 An excellent, detailed, properly comparative study that foregrounds the importance of dialogue and mutual understanding in modern constitutionalism. -Murray Pittock, University of Glasgow J.H. Elliott's new book offers a deeply considered and timely perspective on the attempts of the Scottish and Catalan nationalist movements to secure independence. Written with all his customary elegance and incisiveness, it is authoritative in its historical assessments and notably fair-minded in its examination of controversial issues. Scots and Catalans provides the essential starting point for anyone who wishes to understand the problems currently besetting both London and Madrid on their northern periphery. -Professor Hamish Scott, FBA, All Souls College, Oxford. The similarities and contrasts between Scotland and Catalonia throw many fundamental aspects of Scottish history into sharp relief. The result is not only a masterful exercise is comparative history. It is also a compelling account of British history from a Scottish perspective, and a superb introduction to Scottish history itself. -Dauvit Brown