Imperial Scotland

Edited by T.M. Devine

in Scotland and the Union 1707-2007

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635412
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672202 | DOI:
Imperial Scotland

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This chapter explains the imperial experience of Scotland. The exposure to this experience started early in Scotland. The 1970s and 1980s produced remarkable growth in Scottish historical studies. Scotland was a grossly unequal society in the heyday of its imperial success. It also suffered from a chronic oversupply of labour in the heyday of British Empire. For the future, the potential problems were developing due to the imperial economy. Imperial markets had left a flawed legacy with serious consequences for Scotland when international trade collapsed during several years between the world wars. As one of the poorer parts of the United Kingdom, Scotland was likely to gain more than most other regions from the introduction of an interventionist social and economic policy guaranteeing decent standards of life introduced in the very decade when India won independence.

Keywords: imperial economy; Scotland; British Empire; imperial markets; international trade; United Kingdom; India

Chapter.  5936 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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