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Definitely wasmilitary history than political history but there were some interesting anecdotes and I appreciated the focus on Scottish figures, movements, events and stories Overall I found it to be a bit poorly written and therefore a bit tough to power through A good gallop through Cold War history, though actually a bit lacking in substance when considering Scotland The Scottish experience was in this telling, one dimensional it simply being used as a base by others The story could have probably been made slightlypersonal, but still an enjoyable read. ^Read Pdf ↡ Facing the Bear: Scotland and the Cold War ↟ Between the end of the Second World War and the collapse of Communism confrontation with the Soviet Union was an everyday reality As part of Nato s response, Scotland played a key role in the alliance s forward maritime defence strategy, aimed at containing the Soviet threat from naval and air forces During this periodper cent of the UK s naval and air forces were based in Scotland, and there was a substantial US presence as well as top secret satellite and command stationsIn this book Trevor Royle paints a fascinating portrait of this extraordinary period, examining not just the wider military and political contexts, but also showing how the defence industry brought huge economic benefits, how CND maintained a high profile presence, and how anti nuclear sentiments underpinned much of the left s thinking in Scotland and contributed to the hegemony enjoyed by the Labour Party in Scotland during the Cold War Telecommunication Systems Scotland played a key role in the alliance s forward maritime defence strategy The Poams aimed at containing the Soviet threat from naval and air forces During this periodper cent of the UK s naval and air forces were based in Scotland Archetypes of Thought and there was a substantial US presence as well as top secret satellite and command stationsIn this book Trevor Royle paints a fascinating portrait of this extraordinary period Virgin Exotica examining not just the wider military and political contexts Verbotene Mission (Kings & Fools but also showing how the defence industry brought huge economic benefits Second Sight (The Admirals Elite, how CND maintained a high profile presence Meine russische Schwiegermutter und andere Katastrophen and how anti nuclear sentiments underpinned much of the left s thinking in Scotland and contributed to the hegemony enjoyed by the Labour Party in Scotland during the Cold War