- Introduction: The Study of Modern Scottish History
- Land and Sea: The Environment
- The Demographic Factor
- Mythical Scotland
- Religion and Society to <i>c</i>.1900
- The Literary Tradition
- The Clearances and the Transformation of the Scottish Countryside
- A Global Diaspora
- The Renaissance
- Reformed and Godly Scotland?
- The ‘Rise’ of the State?
- Reappraising the Early Modern Economy, 1500–1650
- Scotland restored and reshaped: Politics and Religion, <i>c</i>.1660–1712
- The Early Modern Family
- The Seventeenth-Century Irish Connection
- New Perspectives on Pre-union Scotland
- Migrant Destinations, 1500–1750
- Union Historiographies
- Scottish Jacobitism in its International Context
- The Rise (and fall?) of the Scottish Enlightenment
- The Barbarous North? Criminality in Early Modern Scotland
- Industrialization and the Scottish People
- Scotland and the Eighteenth-Century Empire
- The Challenge of Radicalism to 1832
- The Scottish Cities
- Identity within the Union State, 1800–1900
- The Scottish Diaspora since 1815
- The Impact of the Victorian Empire
- The Great War
- The Interwar Crisis: The Failure of Extremism
- The Religious Factor
- Gender and Nationhood in Modern Scottish Historiography
- The Stateless Nation and the British State since 1918
- Challenging the Union
- A New Scotland? The Economy
- A New Scotland? Society and Culture
Abstract and Keywords
If we look for evidence of the impact of the British Empire on Victorian Scotland, we can find it everywhere: in offering economic opportunities and imperial careers; in patterns of migration from Scotland; in changing patterns of consumption and in advertising; in the military contribution of Scots and the iconic imagery of the highland soldier; in the commitment of churches to foreign missions; in the achievements of famous Scots whether as colonial administrators, generals, or missionaries; in commercial, industrial, and business connections; in the press, periodicals, and literature; and in politics. Home and empire exerted mutual influences on one another, as Scottish culture informed the practice of Scots abroad, and they in turn transmitted their images of empire back home. This interconnectedness is central to understanding the impact of Empire on Scotland in the Victorian period, and how multifaceted this impact was, manifesting itself within politics, economy, military, religion, culture, civil society, and press.
Dr Esther Breitenbach, Research Fellow, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
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