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Scotland on the front line

Facing the Bear: Scotland and the Cold War Trevor Royle Birlinn, 2019 368 pages Hardcover, £25.00 ISBN: 9781780275260

Trevor Royle’s  is an ambitious that seeks to position Scotland on the front line of the Cold War. This necessitates a wide scope; the book combines discussion of the context and events that shaped the Cold War with intimate details of Scotland’s particular involvement both at home and abroad. Use of recently-declassified material and the depth of detail Royle provides will please those who are already knowledgeable on the topic, while his narrative style and journalist’s eye for

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