The battle of Culloden lasted less than an hour. The forces involved on btoh sides were small, even by the standards of the day. And it is arguable that the ultimate fate of the 1745 Jacobite uprising had in fact been sealed ever since despite the Jacobite retreat from Derby several months before.But for all this, Culloden is a battle with great significance in British history. It was the last pitched battle on British soil to be fought with regular troops on both sides. It came to stand for the final defeat of the Jacobite cause. And it was the last domestic contestation of the Acts of Union of 1706-7, the resolution of which propelled Great Britain to be the dominant world power for the next hundred and fifty years.There has long been a tendency to regard the battle as a dramatic clash between Highlander and Lowlander, Celt and Saxon, Catholic and Protestant, the old and the new. This book challenges that view.