Scottish nationalism

Scottish nationalism promotes the idea that the Scottish people form a cohesive nation and national identity and is closely linked to the cause of Scottish home rule and Scottish independence, the ideology of the Scottish National Party, the party forming the Scottish Government.[1] Scottish nationalism is characterised as civic nationalism rather than ethnic nationalism [2] in that the Scottish people are defined as those living in the country, regardless of race or culture.

The Acts of Union merged the parliaments of Scotland and England in 1707, but a separate legal system and distinct Scottish institutions continued to exist.[3]

Linguistic independence was an important part of the twentieth-century Scottish Renaissance, associated with the nationalist impetus provided by Hugh MacDiarmid.[4]

See also


  1. Harvie, Christopher (2004). Scotland and nationalism: Scottish society and politics, 1707 to the present. ISBN 9780415327251.
  2. Weber, Victoria. "Scottish, English, British, European Identities: A Literature Review" (PDF). Retrieved 23 May 2013. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. G. M. Trevelyan, Ramilies and the Union with Scotland (Fonatana) p. 285-6
  4. P. S. Fry/R. Mitchison, The History of Scotland (1989) p. 209

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