Nairn, arguably the leading Scottish nationalist intellectual, greeted the creation of the Scottish Parliament with this bold polemic, predicting the break-up of the union and calling for the emergence of new English and Scottish civic nationalisms.
The book depicted Britain as 'Ukania' a contemporary counterpart to the Austro-Hungarian empire, in which an early-modern monarchy struggled to contain emerging nationalisms.
After Britain included an early dissection of Blairism, predicting that the Scottish Parliament would transcend New Labour's limited aims for devolution. That judgment is perhaps already being vindicated by events
The most significant of the wave of book-length essays that emerged in the wake of Scottish devolution.