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Christopher Harvie, Professor of British and Irish Studies at Tubingen University, made himself the leading historian of twentieth-century Scotland with two classic works, Scotland and Nationalism (1977, third edition 1998) and No Gods and Precious Few Heroes: Twentieth-Century Scotland (1981, third edition, 2000). Educated at the High School and University of Edinburgh, a pioneer of distance learning at the Open University, and a polymath in the tradition of Adam Smith and Patrick Geddes, Harvie now brings his interest in technology, politics and culture, displayed in The Lights of Liberalism (on the Oxbridge elite, 1976), The Centre of Things (on political fiction, 1991) and Fool's Gold (on North Sea oil, 1994) to bear on his own country, in A Short History of Scotland.
The Centre of Things: Political Fiction in Britain from Disraeli to the Present