Roots of Nationhood: The Archaeology and History of Scotland [Paperback]

Louisa Campbell(Editor); Dene Wright(Editor); Nicola A. Hall(Editor)

ISBN: 9781784919825 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2019 | 216p, H9.75 x W7, Illustrated throughout in black & white with 7 plates in color
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Roots of Nationhood: The Archaeology and History of Scotland


In a break away from the traditional mono-disciplinary scope of academic enquiry, this volume sets forth a challenge for practitioners within, and outwith archaeology to develop multi-disciplinary approaches in the study of identity in general and aspects in the formation of national identity in particular. The entanglement of identity and nationhood is explored from the prehistory of northern Britain; the establishment of a proto-Scottish identity in the early Middle Ages; facets of Scottish identity at home and in the wider diaspora of Empire; and the more recent heralding of Scottish identity as a multiethnic construction. Set against the backdrop of a groundswell change in the Scottish political landscape and the unprecedented, and largely unexpected, energised and proactive politicisation of the Scottish electorate in the lead up to and aftermath of the 2014 Independence Referendum, the volume is a timely and relevant contribution to discussions of national identities. By bringing together specialists covering a wide array of time periods and subject specialisms, we transcend the concept of identity. This is achieved by exploring the links of nationhood and Scottish identity in the early 20th and 21st Centuries in the ongoing quest for independence demonstrating the political manipulation of history, imagery and mythology entangled in political propaganda.

Table of Contents

Introduction – by Louisa Campbell and Dene Wright

Contributor Affiliations

Reflections on the presentation of Scottish archaeology in British prehistories since Gordon Childe’s Prehistoric Communities (1940) – by Ian Ralston

Setting the Scene: aspects of the Earliest Prehistory of Northern Britain – by Dene Wright

Scotland’s Neolithic / Neolithic Scotland – by Kenneth Brophy

Regional and local identities in the later Neolithic of Scotland as reflected in the ceramic record – by Ann MacSween

Culture contact and the maintenance of cultural identity in Roman Scotland: A theoretical approach – by Louisa Campbell

The origins of ‘Scotland’ – by Dauvit Broun

Merchants and craftsmen: a survey of the evidence for a Scandinavian presence in eastern Scotland in the eleventh to fourteenth centuries – by Elizabeth Pierce

Local and foreign clergy: the provision of clergy in the late mediaeval diocese of Sodor – by Sarah Thomas

Pictish, Celtic, Scottish: The Longing for Belonging – by Steven Timoney

‘The Different Fruits of all the World’ - The Early Colonial Connections of Glasgow (c.1660-1740) – by Stuart Nisbet

Celebrating the end of Scottish history? National identity and the Scottish Historical Exhibition, Glasgow 1911 – by Neil G.W. Curtis

Scotland Then for Scotland Now: Scottish political party uses of history, image and myth – by Murray Stewart Leith

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