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Empire and Scottish SocietyThe Impact of Foreign Missions at Home, c. 1790 to c. 1914$
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Esther Breitenbach

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636204

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636204.001.0001

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Remembering and Reproducing Scotland: the Construction of National Identity

Remembering and Reproducing Scotland: the Construction of National Identity

(p.125) 6 Remembering and Reproducing Scotland: the Construction of National Identity
Empire and Scottish Society

Esther Breitenbach

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses discourses of national identity, examining the process at work in its formation and distinguishing different types of expression of national identity. It observes that explicit references to writers themselves as Scottish, use of Scotland or Scottish experience to make analogies, and comparisons or claims relating to Scottish tradition or character were perhaps the most obvious forms of expression of Scottish identity. It notes however, that identity was also referred to in more implicit ways, for example through a focus on dimensions of missionary work seen as consonant with Scottish values, such as literacy and education, the form of church organisation and so on. It also observes that at the same time, a varying terminology of ‘Scottish’, ‘English’, and ‘British’ was deployed in different contexts, raising the question of the nature of these terms and their inter-relationships.

Keywords:   national identity, Scottish tradition, missionary work, values, Scottish identity, British

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