Scotland and the British Empire

Paperback | November 13, 2016

EditorJohn M. MacKenzie, T. M. Devine

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The extraordinary influence of Scots in the British Empire has long been recognized. As administrators, settlers, temporary residents, professionals, plantation owners, and as military personnel, they were strikingly prominent in North America, the Caribbean, Australasia, South Africa, India,and colonies in South-East Asia and Africa. Throughout these regions they brought to bear distinctive Scottish experience as well as particular educational, economic, cultural, and religious influences. Moreover, the relationship between Scots and the British Empire had a profound effect upon manyaspects of Scottish society. This volume of essays, written by notable scholars in the field, examines the key roles of Scots in central aspects of the Atlantic and imperial economies from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, in East India Company rule in India, migration and the preservation of ethnic identities, theenvironment, the army, missionary and other religious activities, the dispersal of intellectual endeavours, and in the production of a distinctive literature rooted in colonial experience. Making use of recent, innovative research, the chapters demonstrate that an understanding of the profoundlyinteractive relationship between Scotland and the British Empire is vital both for the understanding of the histories of that country and of many territories of the British Empire. All scholars and general readers interested in the dispersal of intellectual ideas, key professions, Protestantism, environmental practices, and colonial literature, as well as more traditional approaches to politics, economics, and military recruitment, will find it an essential addition to thehistorical literature.

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The extraordinary influence of Scots in the British Empire has long been recognized. As administrators, settlers, temporary residents, professionals, plantation owners, and as military personnel, they were strikingly prominent in North America, the Caribbean, Australasia, South Africa, India,and colonies in South-East Asia and Africa. ...

John M. MacKenzie has been working on social and cultural aspects of the British Empire for some forty years. He has published on aspects of imperial propaganda, popular culture, the environment, art, and the dispersal of cultural institutions such as museums. He has also been interested in the role of Scots in the British Empire since...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. John M. MacKenzie and T.M. Devine: Introduction2. T.M. Devine and Philipp R. Rossner: Scots in the Atlantic Economy, 1600-18003. Andrew Mackillop: Locality, Nation, and Empire: Scots and the Empire in Asia, c. 1695 - c. 18134. Cairns Craig: Empire of Intellect: The Scottish Enlightenment and Scotland's Intellectual Migrants5. Angela McCarthy: Scottish Migrant Ethnic Identities in the British Empire Since the Nineteenth Century6. John M. MacKenzie: Scots and the Environment of Empire7. T.M. Devine: Soldiers of Empire, 1750-19148. Esther Breitenbach: Scots Churches and Missions9. T.M. Devine and John M. MacKenzie: Scots in the Imperial Economy10. Angela Smith: Scottish Literature and the British Empire11. Richard J. Finlay: National Identity, Union, and Empire, c. 1850 - c. 1970

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"This volume is sure to be an essential text for many undergraduates, researchers and the much courted 'informed amateur' ... a testament to the health of imperial studies of Scotland and Scottish studies of empire" --C.M.M. Macdonald, Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature