Fall 2015 - HIST 237 D100

STT-History of Scotland, 1707-present (3)

Class Number: 9000

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: Tue, Thu, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 18, 2015
    Fri, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Dr Katie McCullough
    Office: AQ 6009



An introduction to modern Scottish history and its relationships to other countries within the United Kingdom, Europe, and the wider world, especially the British Empire. Key topics will include migration and population change; war, trade, and empire; economy and industry; religion; and life, society, identity, and myth.


This course will introduce students to modern Scottish history and its wider contexts. In addition to exploring events and experiences that took place within Scotland (or the ‘everyday’), this course will assess Scotland’s relationship to other countries in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, and Ireland), Europe, and the wider world, especially the British Empire, which afforded many Scots opportunities not available to them at home. In this period, rapid industrialization and urbanization led many Scots to leave for countries perceived to have available land and stable employment, notably Canada and the United States. Scotland also saw a major influx of poorer European, and East and South Asian immigrants seeking a better life in a wealthy industrial country, notably those from Ireland, Italy, the Baltic States, Eastern Europe (including Roma), China, India, and Pakistan, who have all contributed to Scottish culture in meaningful ways.

In this way, we will assess what Scotland can teach us about both emigrant and immigrant experiences in a global setting. The course will cover a number of core themes providing students with a solid grounding in modern Scottish history including: migration and population change; war, trade and empire; economic development; religion; economy and industry; life, society, identity, and myth.


  • Grading (subject to change)
  • Participation 20%
  • Midterm exam 15%
  • Document analysis 10%
  • Research essay 30%
  • Final exam 25%



C. MacDonald, Whaur Extremes Meet: Scotland's Twentieth Century (Edinburgh, 2009)

G. Morton, Ourselves and Others: Scotland, 1832-1914 (Edinburgh, 2012)

Supplementary readings (available online or on reserve in the library)


T. M. Devine, The Scottish Nation, 1700-2007 (Edinburgh, 2012)

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