This chapter discusses John Stuart Blackie with regard to relations between England and Scotland. The belief that Scots had more in common with the Continentals than with the Southrons (Englishmen), was commonly held. The Scotchman exhibits less of the insular character, and sympathises more readily with the German or Frenchman than the Englishman. Blackie wrote in 1871 that abroad an Englishman would stick to his own kind, but the plain Scot fraternises more easily with the homely German. His dislike of Oxford amounted to something of an obsession but seemed to soften in the 1850s. Blackie eventually exchanged ideas on university reform with Benjamin Jowett, Thorold Rogers, and other Oxford liberals. He described himself as a good sound Liberal with a strong constitutional tendency to rebel against authority when it in any way stifles the freedom of the individual.
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