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Chris Harvie is a frequent contributor to newspapers, magazines, blogs and opinion forums such as openDemocracy, the Scottish Review of Books, Scots Independent, the Guardian’s Comment is Free and the Scottish Review.



Oliver's Travels: A History of Scotland (November 2009)

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This article was first published in the Scottish Review.

Popularising any subject is an egg-dance: history in particular. The great Thomas Carlyle – The French Revolution, Past and Present, Frederick the Great – used to distinguish between two ‘model historians’: Sauerteig (‘yeast in the dough’) and Smellfungus (‘the archive man’) and won the accolade of A J P Taylor: ‘if you want to understand the history of the French Revolution, read J M Thompson. If you want to know what living through it was like, read Carlyle’. And indeed his French Revolution (1837) has a cinematic quality, swooping in and out of parades, assembly sessions, battles, executions.

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Rob Roy Rides Again (March 2009)

This article was first published on The Guardian's Comment is Free

Foresting Glen Arklet goes against the essence of what makes Scotland unique. Locals should evoke the spirit of Rob Roy

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Brown's Triumph Over Brown (October 2008)

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Scotland will not thank the prime minister for his efforts to 'save' its banking system

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The Battle For The Scottish Media (September 2008)

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With any luck, the present downturn will last long enough to wreck the economics of the conventional press and its ganglions

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Scots and the English Centre-Left (August 2008)

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Decentralised English government with new ideas, resources and institutions is a better solution than more metropolitanism

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