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Anglo-Scottish Political Relations in the Nineteenth Century, c. 1815–1914

Anglo-Scottish Political Relations in the Nineteenth Century, c. 1815–1914

Chapter:
(p.247) 13 Anglo-Scottish Political Relations in the Nineteenth Century, c. 1815–1914
Source:
Anglo-Scottish Relations from 1603 to 1900
Author(s):
I. G. C. Hutchison
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263303.003.0013

This chapter surveys Anglo-Scottish relations on the political scene in the nineteenth century. The English and Scottish politics in the nineteenth century were fairly well meshed together—certainly compared to Ireland. The extent of this political relationship can be exemplified in three areas: policy, party system, and personnel. There was a sense of grievance among Scots that their national interests and institutions were not being fairly or properly treated by the British state. There was also an inherent contradiction in their main complaints. Education was depicted as being supplanted by English values and methods. Anglo-Scottish political relations were reasonably favorable mainly because of the particular arrangements under which Scottish government was conducted. The several elements involved here are presented. At the moment of the greatest test of British unity, the proportion of Scots enlisting in the First World War was no different from the English and Welsh figures, and much higher than the Irish.

Keywords:   political relations, nineteenth century, British state, Scottish government, education, First World War

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