On The Atlantic Edge
On The Atlantic Edge is a self-contained series of lectures delivered to the Edinburgh International Book Festival and as the first Hi-Arts International Fellow in the Highlands of Scotland. The book consists of four lectures given by Kenneth White who sees Scotland as a nation making a distinctive cultural contribution to world culture, a theme he explores in the first of the lectures. This theme is broadened out in the remaining three lectures where White introduces and explores broader and more fundamental geo-concepts such as the 'Atlantic Arc' and the 'High North'.
‘The book's title is a reference to the idea of the 'Atlantic Arc', a recognition by twenty-three European nations that they 'shared a common space', a 'space for projects'. This notion is fundamental to White's ideas. For White, geography is more than maps (and maps are often more than drawings); it includes the geology of Hutton; the way the drift of tectonic plates ultimately reminds us of our connections with other cultures. White prefers to speak about territories as these imply a relationship to the 'great outside', a new type of politics, and a renewed conception of culture.’
-Stuart B Campbell, Northwords Now