Scottish History: British or European?

Four Nations History Network

Scottish History: British or European?

This week, PhD student Scott Reid (Edinburgh & St Andrews) asks whether Scottish history is British or European.

Scottish_soldiers_in_service_of_Gustavus_Adolphus,_1631‘Scottish soldiers in the service of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden during the Thirty Years war’, 1618-48

In light of the UK’s vote in June 2016 to leave the European Union against Scotland’s wish to remain, the character, if not future, of Scotland’s relationship with Europe has been thrust center stage. Amid the unfolding political fall-out of the so-called ‘Brexit’ vote in Scotland, the MSP and former SNP cabinet member, Michael Russell, made a largely overlooked argument for Scotland’s historical relationship with Europe. He commented that:

It is not half a century of EU membership that has made us European; it is centuries of engagement. We were European before we were British – sending students to the continent, sharing citizenship with France and appealing our very nationhood…

View original post 983 more words

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s