The Early Years: From the Inter-War Period to the Mid-1960s

Richard Finlay

in The Modern SNP

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639908
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672080 | DOI:
The Early Years: From the Inter-War Period to the Mid-1960s

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This chapter investigates the Scottish National Party (SNP)'s evolution from the inter-war period to the mid-1960s. Its early history was dominated by the competing strategies of either seeking a cast-iron electoral mandate by means of a dedicated political party or the pressure group method which was quicker and less costly, but also less secure. The Scots National League, the Scottish National Movement, the Glasgow University Student Nationalist Association and activists in the Scottish Home Rule Association produced the National Party of Scotland. The emergence of the Scottish Party was an opportunity to broaden the appeal of the nationalist movement and extend to the mainstream of Scottish society. The external environment was beginning to change in favour of the SNP by the mid-1960s. The success of the late 1960s and early 1970s were crucial in putting to bed the divisions that had plagued the party in its formative years.

Keywords: Scottish National Party; Scots National League; Scottish National Movement; Glasgow University Student Nationalist Association; Scottish Home Rule Association; National Party of Scotland; nationalist movement; Scottish society

Chapter.  5350 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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