Christopher Harvie

Professor Christopher Harvie (born 21 September 1944, Motherwell) is a Scottish historian and a Scottish National Party politician. He was a Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Scotland and Fife from 2007 to 2011. Before his election, he was Professor of British and Irish Studies at the University of Tübingen, Germany.


Chris Harvie
Prof Chris Harvie MSP in 2009.jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Mid Scotland and Fife
In office
3 May 2007 – 22 March 2011
Personal details
Born (1944-09-21) 21 September 1944 (age 75)
Motherwell, North Lanarkshire
Political partyScottish National Party
Spouse(s)[Virginia Mary Roundell, born April 1944, died 26 February 2005]
Children[Alison Margaret Harvie, born August 1982]
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh

Life and careerEdit

Harvie grew up in the Borders village of St Boswells and was educated in Kelso at Kelso High School and in Edinburgh at Royal High School. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated in 1966 with a First Class Honours M.A. in History. He received his PhD from Edinburgh in 1972 for a thesis on university liberalism and democracy, 1860-1886.[1][2]

As a historian, Harvie was the Shaw-Macfie Lang Fellow and a tutor at Edinburgh University 1966-1969. He joined the Open University in 1969 as a history lecturer, and from 1978 he was a senior lecturer in history. In 1980, Harvie was appointed Professor of British and Irish Studies at the University of Tübingen. He is the author of several books on topics including Scottish history, nationalism, North Sea oil, the British political novel and European regionalisation.

Harvie was formerly a member of the Labour Party. He co-wrote a pamphlet in favour of the Scottish Assembly along with Gordon Brown in 1979, and co-edited a history of Labour politics in Scotland. In 1988 he left the Labour Party for the SNP.[3]

He is Honorary President of the Scottish Association for Public Transport and holds honorary chairs at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Strathclyde. He also writes for Guardian Unlimited's online 'comment is free' site, and he is a contributor to the Scottish Review of Books.

He was elected during the 2007 election for the Mid Scotland and Fife region. He served on the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.[4]

Harvie won the Free Spirit of the Year award at The Herald newspaper's 2008 Scottish Politician of the Year awards.[5] He retired as an MSP at the 2011 election.[6]

See alsoEdit


  • Broonland: The Last Days of Gordon Brown, Verso, 2010
  • A Floating Commonwealth: Politics, Culture, and Technology on Britain's Atlantic Coast, 1860-1930, Oxford University Press, 2008
  • Mending Scotland, Argyll Publishing, 2004
  • Scotland: A Short History, Oxford University Press, 2002
  • Deep-Fried Hillman Imp: Scotland's Transport, Argyll Publishing, 2001
  • The Road to Home Rule, with Peter Jones, Polygon, 2000
  • Travelling Scot: Essays on the History, Politics and Future of the Scots, Argyll Publishing, 1999
  • No Gods and Precious Few Heroes: Twentieth-century Scotland, first published 1981, Edinburgh University Press (4th Edition), 2000
  • Fool's Gold: the Story of North Sea Oil, Hamish Hamilton, 1994, Penguin 1995
  • The Rise of Regional Europe, Routledge, 1993
  • Cultural Weapons: Scotland in a New Europe, Polygon, 1992
  • The Centre of Things: the Political Novel from Disraeli to the Present, Unwin Hyman, 1991
  • Scotland and Nationalism: Scottish Society and Politics, 1707-1994, first published 1977, Routledge (4th Edition), 2004
  • A Voter's Guide to the Scottish Assembly[permanent dead link], with Gordon Brown, David Watt & Sons, 1979
  • The Lights of Liberalism: University Liberals and the Challenge of Democracy, 1860-1886, Allen Lane, 1976


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  2. ^ C.T., Harvie (1972). "University liberals and the challenge of democracy, 1860-1887". hdl:1842/19830. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Walker, David (19 June 2007). "Chris Harvie: On track to cause a stir". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007-2011): Christopher Harvie". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  5. ^ Dinwoodie, Robbie (14 November 2008). "VIDEO: Sturgeon named Scottish Politician of the Year". The Herald. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
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