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Title: The origins and development of Scottish Nationalism, c.1919-c.1945
Author: Finlay, Richard J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1991
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In essence, the main concern of this study is to explain the process which led to the creation of the modern Scottish National Party. It starts with the circumstances which forced those interested in obtaining Scottish self-government to look for an alternative means to attaining their goal; namely setting up their own political party. The predecessors of the SNP are examined, as is the evolution of nationalist political strategy and identity. The main thread of the story follows those who argued that the SNP could only achieve its goal by contesting elections and advocating distinct ecnomic and social policies. Both of these issues, which by no means commanded universal support, were of crucial importance in establishing a unique nationalist political ethos which has lasted up until today. Much of the thesis is devoted to reviewing the internal disputes over strategy and policy that were fought in order to create a nationalist orthodoxy.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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