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Alex Salmond

12 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 31 August 2012

The New Elizabethans: Alex Salmond

Jim Naughtie considers the influence of Alex Salmond, one of the leading Scottish politicians of the Second Elizabethan age. Salmond's passion for an independent Scotland has changed the political geography of the British Isles and may yet change it even more radically.

The New Elizabethans have been chosen by a panel of leading historians, chaired by Lord (Tony) Hall, Chief Executive of London's Royal Opera House. The panellists were Dominic Sandbrook, Bamber Gascoigne, Sally Alexander, Jonathan Agar, Maria Misra and Sir Max Hastings.

Producer: Alison Hughes
They were asked to choose: "Men and women whose actions during the reign of Elizabeth II have had a significant impact on lives in these islands and/or given the age its character, for better or worse.".


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    Salmond: Against The Odds, by David Torrance (Birlinn) 2010
    Scotland, the autobiography: 2,000 years of Scottish history by those who saw it happen by Rosemary Goring (2007) Viking.
    SNP: the history of the Scottish National Party by Peter Lynch (2002) Welsh Academic Press.



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