Conclusion: Warrior dreams
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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, thousands of Europeans are searching for their past. A substantial number of European history enthusiasts find their past in Scotland, or rather, in a bundle of myths and images, which we have called the Scottish dreamscape. The Scots of Europe toss cabers at Highland Games, play soldiers in marching pipe and drum bands, commemorate Scottish heroes, and simulate kilted combat in historical re-enactment clubs. Scottish myths and aesthetics played an important role in the making of the modern European nations. Scottish play-acting is a social activity. There is a need for sociability and shared ritual in modern Europe, and Scottish play-acting appears to satisfy some of it. The Scots of Europe create social experience, usually without financial support and governmental guidance.

Warrior dreams

Playing Scotsmen in mainland Europe


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