Rhetoric and reality: the quest for "freedom" in the Scottish diaspora

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The chapter studies the Scottish diaspora through the lens of key ideologies and myths associated with the Declaration of Arbroath. It analyses continuities and changes in the attitudes, experiences and legacies of Scottish emigrants over seven centuries, particularly since the parliamentary union, with reference to t heir understanding and articulation of freedom and independence, and the mechanisms by which they implanted their identities and practices overseas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScotland and Arbroath 1320 – 2020
Subtitle of host publication700 Years of Fighting for Freedom, Sovereignty, and Independence
EditorsKlaus Peter Muller
Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
PublisherPeter Lang
ChapterSection III
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783631818619
ISBN (Print)9783631813188
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameScottish Studies International
PublisherPeter Lang
ISSN (Print)1430-9572


  • diaspora
  • emigration
  • freedom
  • independence
  • identity
  • rhetoric
  • myths
  • Tartan Day
  • history
  • learning


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