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Scotland and the Union 1707-2007$
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Tom Devine

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635412

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635412.001.0001

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The Challenge of Nationalism

The Challenge of Nationalism

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(p.143) 9 The Challenge of Nationalism
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Scotland and the Union 1707-2007
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T.M. Devine
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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635412.003.0009

This chapter deals with the nationalist challenge. Constitutional change for Scotland was firmly back on the political agenda of the Scottish National Party (SNP)'s historic victory and was due to the two great surges of support for the party in 1967–8 and again in 1973–4. The SNP's success appeared to be an efficient way of drawing attention to Scotland's problems. The effect of economic change on the fortunes of the SNP is then described. The Tory Party was rejected as the most effective challenge to the hegemony of Labour in Scotland. The electoral success of the SNP in 1974 meant that home rule remained at the top of the UK political agenda for the next several years. The campaign for home rule which had prevailed much of Scottish politics in the 1970s collapsed in acrimony, bitterness and disillusion.

Keywords:   nationalist challenge, Scotland, Scottish National Party, economic change, Tory Party, electoral success, home rule, UK political agenda, Scottish politics

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