Public Opinion in Early Modern Scotland, c.1560–1707

Bowie, K. (2020) Public Opinion in Early Modern Scotland, c.1560–1707. Series: Cambridge studies in early modern British history. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781108843478 (doi: 10.1017/9781108918787)

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In early modern Scotland, religious and constitutional tensions created by Protestant reform and regal union stimulated the expression and regulation of opinion at large. Karin Bowie explores the rising prominence and changing dynamics of Scottish opinion politics in this tumultuous period. Assessing protestations, petitions, oaths, and oral and written modes of public communication, she addresses major debates on the fitness of the Habermasian model of the public sphere. This study provides a historicised understanding of early modern public opinion, investigating how the crown and its opponents sought to shape opinion at large; the forms and language in which collective opinions were represented; and the difference this made to political outcomes. Focusing on modes of persuasive communication, it reveals the reworking of traditional vehicles into powerful tools for public resistance, allowing contemporaries to recognise collective opinion outside authorised assemblies and encouraging state efforts to control seemingly dangerous opinions.

Item Type:Books
Keywords:Public opinion, Scottish history, petitioning, public sphere, popular politics, early modern Scotland.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bowie, Professor Karin
Authors: Bowie, K.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published Online:21 December 2020
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