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Introduction

John M. MacKenzie and T. M. Devine

in Scotland and the British Empire

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199573240
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731310 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573240.003.0001

Series: Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series

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The introduction seeks to establish the background to all the essays in the book. It examines the nature of the Scottish economy and society which made it so amenable to migration and imperial activity as well as the ways in which such a Scottish contribution to empire was distinctive in its intellectual, professional, environmental, educational, economic, military and religious forms. It also considers the ways in which Scots maintained their ethnic identity through the development of a variety of Scottish cultural icons and the appearance of many associations. Significantly, the chapter considers the literature published in the field to date and the manner in which the study of the Scottish contribution to empire should be tied into recent innovative ideas in the theory and practice of imperial history. It also includes many suggestions for future research.

Keywords: Scottish background; historiography; imperial theory; distinctive character of Scots; future research

Chapter.  12675 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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