Devines main research interest is the history of the scottish nation since c 1600 and its global connections and impact he is regarded as the leading authority on the history of modern scotland he is the author or editor of some three dozen books and close to 100 articles on topics as diverse a sir thomas martin devine kt obe fba frse . Tm devines the scottish nation a history 1700 2000 is that rarest of breeds a scholarly work that can be enjoyed by the general reader the book covers the history of scotland from the 1707 act of union with england to the beginnings of devolution in 2000. The scottish nation a history 1700 2000 t m devine drawing on a vast amount of highly original research devine has produced an authoritative exploration of modern scottish history from the union of 1707 to devolution in 1999. For at least the first half of the twentieth century scottish history could be said to have stopped in 1707 the history of the scottish nation was the history of bruce wallace and the douglases of knights in armour cross border warfare and corrupt priests. Between 1750 and 1850 scotland experienced faster urban growth than any other european nation moving from the seventh to the second most urbanised society in europe during this time devine 1999
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