Applying the diasporic lens to identity and empire in twentieth-century Scotland
in Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century
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This chapter examines examples of the Scots' diasporic transnational identity as it was channelled through the British Empire in the twentieth century. The formative imperial experience of some of Scotland's most vociferous nationalist voices in the twentieth century appears significant. The currency of their voices and leadership within nationalist campaigning would suggest the normalcy of transnational identities within domestic national identity. As the terms of the Treaty of Versailles were being crafted, the Scottish nationalists petitioned American President Woodrow Wilson with the demand for international recognition. As the backdrop to Scotland's modern history, transnational emigration and the creation of a diaspora have been given added significance as the nation's population growth became moribund. The Secretary of State for Scotland and his civil servants acted as a hub around which a managerial class developed north of the border without the need for career advancement in London or in empire .




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