Out now: The Scottish Diaspora

The Scottish Diaspora (Edinburgh, 2013, with Andrew Hinson and Graeme Morton).

Did you know that Scotland was one of Europe’s main population exporters in the age of mass migration? Or that the Scottish Honours System was introduced as far afield as New Zealand? This comprehensive introductory history of the Scottish diaspora covers the period c.1700 to 1945 and examines these and related issues by exploring the migration of Scots overseas, their experiences in the new worlds in which they settled and the impact of the diaspora on Scotland. Global in scope, the book’s distinctive feature is its focus on both the geographies of the Scottish diaspora and key theories, concepts and themes, including associationalism and return migration. By revisiting these themes throughout the chapters, the multifaceted characteristics of ‘Scottishness’ abroad are unravelled, transcending narrow interpretations that define the Scottish diaspora primarily in terms of the movement of people. Readers will gain an understanding of migration flows, destination countries and the imprints and legacies of émigré Scots overseas and at home. (Click on the image to view the full title page).

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‘The global impact of Scots has been an exciting area of Scottish historical studies in recent times: this book delivers sophistication, definition and clear guidance to the complexities of the field. Its coverage is extensive and its approach is critical. It will appeal to anyone with a serious interest in Scottish history in its widest sense.’ Professor Ewen Cameron, University of Edinburgh

‘With Scotland’s identity under the spotlight, this book is particularly timely. Through a comprehensive chronological, thematic and geographical lens, the authors have produced an academic but accessible study in which existing scholarship is successfully synthesised with penetrating new analysis of the impact of Scotland’s diaspora on participants, homeland and hostlands.’ Professor Marjory Harper, University of Aberdeen

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