Britain and the beginning of Scotland

Broun, D. (2015) Britain and the beginning of Scotland. Journal of the British Academy, 3, pp. 107-137. (doi: 10.5871/jba/003.107)

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A British dimension is crucial for understanding the earliest stage in the emergence of an idea of Scotland in its most basic sense as the country we recognise today in the late 12th century. It is also lies at the heart of the origins of the earliest idea of Scotland that can be detected: the notion of Scotland as the country north of the Forth, an idea that can be traced back to the Picts. In both cases, the overriding concern was to accentuate Scotland’s separateness from the south. Being British may be an essential element of any explanation of Scotland’s beginnings, but only in a way that suggests that Scotland’s place in Britain has from the beginning been inherently uneasy.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Broun, Professor Dauvit
Authors: Broun, D.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Journal of the British Academy
Publisher:British Academy
ISSN (Online):2052-7217
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences
First Published:First published in Journal of the British Academy 3:107-137
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
535431The Breaking of Britain: cross-border society and Scottish Independence 1216-1314Dauvit BrounArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/H040110/1HU - HISTORY