Diasporic or distinct?
Scots in early modern Europe
in British and Irish diasporas
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In recent years the presence of Scots in early modern Europe has attracted widespread, and continuing, attention. Alongside interest in the roles in which Scots were present on the continent, and scrutiny of both outward and ‘return’ migration, has come the proliferation of the notion of a ‘Scottish diaspora’. This chapter explores some of the limitations of this term. Through consideration of the variety of ways in which Scots were present on the continent and their motivations for leaving their homeland, this chapter argues that Scots in Europe in the early modern period should be examined as a collection of individuals, and their activities examined within broader political, economic and local contexts, rather than being considered as part of a homogeneous ‘diaspora’.

British and Irish diasporas

Societies, cultures and ideologies


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