ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: August 15, 2017
Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times: Selected Essays by Tom Nairn
By (author) Tom Nairn; Edited by Jamie Maxwell; Edited by Pete Ramand
For the last fifty years Tom Nairn has been one of Britain’s most consistently provocative and influential voices. No other writer has left so deep an impression on mainstream debates about Scotland, Britain and nationalism. No other writer has so thoroughly interrogated the United Kingdom’s post-war crisis and decline. Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times brings together, for the first time, the full span of Nairn’s work, from his ground-breaking analysis of the British state in the 1960s and ’70s to his more recent examinations of globalisation, the English question and Scotland’s independence referendum. Nairn stands alongside the great Scottish intellectual and literary figures of recent decades. Old Nations is the definitive Nairn collection – and an indispensable guide for anyone looking to understand the current moment in Scottish and British politics.
Reviews of Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times: Selected Essays by Tom Nairn
For originality of mind, Tom Nairn is without equal among his contemporaries. In fifty years, there has never been a time in my memory in which what he was saying went with the flow of opinion, on the left or at large … All of this in a style of extraordinary vigour and beauty – and not least humour: writing as democratic as his own unswerving politics. One thinks: if only there were more like him. But that would be a contradiction in terms. – PERRY ANDERSON, New Left Review Tom Nairn is well known both as a major contributor to debates about Scottish nationalism and the re-configuring of the current UK, and as a supremely thoughtful and witty writer. This collection of his writings illustrates the evolution of his ideas and will be invaluable. Whether one agrees with Nairn or not, his arguments always make one think afresh. – LINDA COLLEY, Professor of History, Princeton University
TOM NAIRN, after serving time on the hulk of HMS Britain, escaped to teach ‘Nationalism Studies’ at Edinburgh University, then to research ‘Globalisation and Nationalism’ at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Victoria, Australia. His book The Break-up of Britain appeared in 1977 (Verso Books, most recent edition Common Ground Publishing, Melbourne, 2003). Faces of Nationalism (Verso)appeared in 1997 and Global Matrix (Pluto Press, with Paul James) in 2005. JAMIE MAXWELL is a political journalist. He writes for the New Statesman, Bella Caledonia and the Scottish Review of Books, among other publications. He is the editor of The Case for Left Wing Nationalism, a collection of his late father Stephen Maxwell’s essays. PETE RAMAND is the co-author of Yes: the Radical Case for Scottish Independence and a co-founder of the Radical Independence Campaign. In 2013 he received an MSc (with distinction) in Nationalism Studies from the University of Edinburgh.