Scholarship

Scottish Nation at Empire's EndThe Scottish Nation at Empire’s End (Palgrave Macmillan, Publication Date: June 2014)

Summary:  

The rise and fall of the British Empire profoundly shaped the history of modern Scotland and the identity of its people. From the Act of Union in 1707 to the dramatic fall of the British Empire following the Second World War, Scotland’s involvement in commerce, missionary activity, cultural dissemination, emigration, and political action could not be dissociated from British overseas endeavors. In fact, Scottish national pride and identity were closely associated with the benefits bestowed on this small nation through its access to the British Empire. By examining the opinions of Scots towards the empire from numerous professional and personal backgrounds, Scotland emerges as a nation inextricably linked to the British Empire. Whether Scots categorized themselves as proponents, opponents, or victims of empire, one conclusion is clear: they maintained an abiding interest in the empire even as it rapidly disintegrated during the twenty-year period following the Second World War. In turn, the end of the British Empire coincided with the rise of Scottish nationalism and calls for Scotland to extricate itself from the Union. Decolonization had a major impact on Scottish political consciousness in the years that followed 1965, and the implications for the sustainability of the British state are still unfolding today.

Advanced Praise:

“There are now a number of theories relating to the relationship between Britain and its empire. Some suggest that the British took a keen interest in their colonies, not just as places of settlement but also in terms of their importance to the economy and status of the UK. Others take the line that the British were largely indifferent both to their role as an imperial people and to the territories marked in red upon the map. Recently, there has been a suggestion that the empire served to emphasise the identity of the ‘four nations’ of the British and Hibernian Isles – English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh. This excellent book makes a major contribution to all these debates. Its author suggests that events in the empire were closely followed in Britain, not least in Scotland, right up until the late 1950s. Using a striking range of sources and archives, including oral evidence, Glass ranges widely over the reactions of Scottish business, the unions, the church, the newspapers that were in many homes, and the schools. The result is a book which should take its place as a truly significant work about the important domestic dimensions of imperial history. It should be read by all scholars, students and members of the general public interested in this key field for understanding modern British history.”

- John M. MacKenzie, Emeritus Professor of Imperial History, The University of Lancaster, UK, Honorary Professor, University of St. Andrews.

The Scottish Nation at Empire’s End addresses itself perceptively to problems of the Scottish nation, national ideology, and nationalism in the different eras of Scottish history. It demonstrates conclusively that the Scots maintained an intricate and major place in the Empire even when it began to collapse around them, with many believing that it ended too soon. In this major work Bryan Glass has written a penetrating and illuminating study of the Scots and the end of the British Empire.”

- Wm. Roger Louis, Kerr Professor, University of Texas

JICH CoverArticle

“Protection from the British Empire?: Central Africa and the Church of Scotland,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 41, no. 3 (2013): 475-495

Other Articles in Journals and Chapters in Edited Collections

“Scottish Propaganda at the End of Empire,” The East Asian Journal of British History (March 2014).

“Newspapers and Empire: Bringing Africa to the Scottish Public” in Scotland, Empire and Decolonisation in the Twentieth Century, edited with John M. MacKenzie (Manchester University Press, 2015)

“Introduction” with John M. MacKenzie in Scotland, Empire and Decolonisation in the Twentieth Century, edited with John M. MacKenzie (Manchester University Press, 2015)

Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century picEdited Collection

Scotland, Empire and Decolonisation in the Twentieth Century, edited with John M. MacKenzie (Manchester University Press, 2015)

Textbook

Britain and the World, 1603-2015 with Stephen Conway, Martin Farr, Jessica Hower, and Robert Whitaker (Under contract with Palgrave Macmillan)

Other Writings

“Bryan S. Glass on why the Empire is bringing Britain to an End,” The Statesman’s Yearbook Snapshot Feature, 6 October 2014, available from: http://www.statesmansyearbook.com/resources/Bryan_S_Glass.html

“Are the English and Welsh right to support a No victory in the Scottish independence vote?,” City A.M., 15 September 2014, available from: http://www.cityam.com/1410806994/are-english-and-welsh-right-support-no-victory-scottish-independence-vote

“The Imperial Legacy of the Scottish Independence Referendum,” History & Policy, 9 September 2014, available from: http://www.historyandpolicy.org/opinion-articles/articles/the-imperial-legacy-of-the-scottish-independence-referendum

“An independent Scotland would look to Adam Smith, not socialism,” The Scotsman, 3 September 2014, available from: http://www.scotsman.com/scottish-independence/bryan-glass-an-independent-scotland-would-look-to-adam-smith-not-socialism/

“An independent Scotland would have to look to Adam Smith, not socialism,” The Conversation, 3 September 2014, available from: http://theconversation.com/an-independent-scotland-would-have-to-look-to-adam-smith-not-socialism-31211

“Wise up England, you’d be better off without Scotland,” The New Statesman, 1 July 2014, available from: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/07/wise-england-you-d-be-better-without-scotland

“Wise up England, you’d be better off without Scotland,” The Scotsman, 1 July 2014, available from: http://www.scotsman.com/scottish-independence/bryan-glass-wise-up-england-youd-be-better-off-without-scotland/

“Wise up England, you’d be better off without Scotland,” The Conversation, 30 June 2014, available from: http://theconversation.com/wise-up-england-youd-be-better-off-without-scotland-28621

“A Scottish Referendum on the Failed Empire?” Imperial & Global Forum, 10 June 2014, available from: http://imperialglobalexeter.com/2014/06/10/a-scottish-referendum-on-the-failed-empire/

“‘X’ Marks the History: Plundering the Past in Assassin’s Creed IV,” with Robert Whitaker, The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History, 5 February 2014, available from: http://earlyamericanists.com/2014/02/05/guest-post-x-marks-the-history-plundering-the-past-in-assassins-creed-iv/#more-7012

“A Manifesto on Academic Integrity” The British Scholar Society Monthly Newsletter, December 2011, available from: http://britishscholar.org/publications/2011/12/04/a-manifesto-on-academic-integrity/

“The Essential Relationship?” The British Scholar Society Monthly Newsletter, May 2011, available from:  http://britishscholar.org/publications/newsletter