When Worlds Collide: Scottish political party uses of history, image and myth

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Abstract

Since the 1960s, when the Scottish National Party ‘SNP’ became a continuing feature of the Scottish political scene, political parties have been engaged in an ongoing battle for public support making appeals based around questions of national identity; questions involving history, place, myths and legends – cornerstones of national belonging in the modern era. While national identity has long been an aspect of Scottish politics the arrival of the SNP as an electoral force made the issue of national belonging an overt notion. By considering just how the political parties of Scotland (and Britain) engage with, and employ, such notions, this paper will directly examine the nature of national identity within Scotland today, and what components are employed to create a sense of nationhood and belonging. What is Scotland today – what sense of place, of people, of time, are brought to bear by political leaders to frame the nation. In short, what historical roots are utilised to create the modern conception of the Scottish nation?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventScottish Archaeological Forum - Roots of Nationhood Conference - University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Nov 200928 Nov 2009

Conference

ConferenceScottish Archaeological Forum - Roots of Nationhood Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period28/11/0928/11/09

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    Leith, M. (2009). When Worlds Collide: Scottish political party uses of history, image and myth. Abstract from Scottish Archaeological Forum - Roots of Nationhood Conference, United Kingdom.