Introduction: The Scots of Europe
in Warrior dreams
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book considers the Scots of Europe as musicians, re-enactors, commemorators, and athletes. It establishes the cultural context in which the Scottish play-acting phenomenon evolved. The book examines the 'Scotland' that is on the play-actors' minds. It explores the Scottish dreamscape's spread via the channels of the British Empire and American popular culture. The book presents the kilted pipe bands which were active on the European continent at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It explores the continental Highland Games circuit and provides some historical background on the Highland Games tradition and then presents key data for the European games. The book also examines what re-enactment means and how it has come to be a popular hobbyist approach to the past in recent decades.

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