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Scottish nationalism

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Scottish nationalism

Statue of William Wallace in Aberdeen. Wallace was one of the main Scottish leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence.

Scottish nationalism is nationalism that promotes the idea that the Scottish people form a cohesive nation and national identity. In Scotland, it has been closely linked to the cause of Scottish home rule and Scottish independence, and is also the driving ideology of the Scottish National Party, as of May 2007 the party forming the Scottish Government.[1] It is often described as a form of civic nationalism rather than ethnic nationalism.[2] In such circumstances, Scottish identity can be portrayed as protecting Scottish values through an autonomy from England.[2]

The Scottish national identity persevered in the face of the Act of Union, which merged the independent kingdoms of Scotland and England into the United Kingdom, owing to the continued existence of a distinct legal system, Scots law, and distinct Scottish institutions.[3]

Linguistic independence was an important part of the twentieth century Scottish Renaissance, associated with the nationalist impetus provided by Hugh MacDiarmid.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Harvie, Christopher (2004). Scotland and nationalism: Scottish society and politics, 1707 to the present.  
  2. ^ a b Weber, Victoria. "Scottish, English, British, European Identities: A Literature Review" (PDF). Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ G. M. Trevelyan, Ramilies and the Union with Scotland (Fonatana) p. 285-6
  4. ^ P. S. Fry/R. Mitchison, The History of Scotland (1989) p. 209
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