Bringing Africa to the Scottish public

This chapter focuses on Scottish newspaper coverage of the outbreak of the Mau Mau insurgency in late 1952 and Britain's reaction towards the Suez Crisis after Colonel Nasser's nationalisation of the canal in July 1956. Both events represented major international emergencies on the African continent for Britain during tough economic times, which attracted the attention of the leading Scottish newspapers. The chapter compares coverage of these two major imperial events by three of Scotland's largest and most respected newspapers in the 1950s, The Scotsman, The Glasgow Herald and the Daily Record. The Daily Record could not support the government's actions because of the negative international implications it had for Britain. The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman claimed that the entire Suez Crisis was nothing more than an international situation with strong economic and Cold War implications.

in Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century

The relationship between Scotland and the British Empire in the twentieth century was wide-ranging. This book represents ground-breaking research in the field of Scotland's complex and often-changing relationship with the British Empire in the period. The contours of Scottish intercontinental migration were significantly redrawn during the twentieth century as a consequence of two world wars. The book reveals the apparent means used to assess the complexities of linking places of birth to migration and to various modern attempts to appeal to ethnic diasporas. The strange case of jute brings out some paradoxical dimensions to Scotland's relationship with England and the empire in the twentieth century. The book argues that the Scottish immigrants' perceptions of class, race and gender were equally important for interpreting the range of their experiences in the British Columbia. The mainstay of organised anti-colonialist critique and mobilisation, in Scotland lay in socialist and social democratic groups. The book examines how the Scottish infantry regiments, and their popular and political constituencies, responded to rapidly reducing circumstances in the era of decolonisation. Newspapers such as The Scotsman, The Glasgow Herald, and the Daily Record brought Africa to the Scottish public with their coverage of Mau Mau insurgency and the Suez Crisis. The book looks into the Scottish cultural and political revival by examining the contributions of David Livingstone. It also discusses the period of the Hamilton by-election of 1967 and the three referenda of 1979, 1997 and 2014 on devolution and independence.

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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book deals with migration, diasporas, issues of identity, and related questions of opposition to empire itself. It opens with Stephen Howe's carefully nuanced assessment of anti-colonial ideas within Scotland, which argues that a great deal of material and the attitudes of its originators remain to be surveyed. The book offers a fascinating insight into the role of Scottish migrants in left-wing activity, in the maintenance and development of identities, as well as in gender and racial politics, in a specific province of Canada, British Columbia (BC). It demonstrates the ways in which the invocation of the name of Livingstone, as an appeal to a highly instrumental ancestor figure, became vital in so many political causes in the twentieth century.

in Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century