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Standing up for ScotlandNationalist Unionism and Scottish Party Politics, 1884-2014$
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David Torrance

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474447812

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474447812.001.0001

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Nationalist Unionism

Nationalist Unionism

(p.6) Two Nationalist Unionism
Standing up for Scotland

David Torrance

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter sets the scene by tracing the evolution of the United Kingdom between the 1530s and 1922, while putting the terms ‘Unionist’ and ‘Nationalist’ into historical context. It goes on to discuss theories of unionism, including James Mitchell’s description of the UK as ‘a state of unions’ and Jim Bulpitt’s concept of a ‘territorial code’ managed by the Conservative and Unionist Party during the 20th century. Graeme Morton’s phrase ‘unionist nationalism’ is then introduced to emphasise that unionism and nationalism have long existed on a spectrum rather than as polar opposites. There is also a discussion of nationalism in its ‘civic’ or ‘cultural’ forms.

Keywords:   Unionism, Nationalism, Territorial code, Civic nationalism, Unionist nationalism

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