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Empire and Scottish Society

The Impact of Foreign Missions at Home, c. 1790 to c. 1914

Esther Breitenbach

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This book examines how participation in the British Empire shaped constructions of Scottish national identity. It makes an important contribution to our understanding of 19th-century and early 20th-century Scottish society through its original use of a wide range of primary sources, and covers new ground in its assessment of the impact of empire at home.

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1: Introduction
2: Empire and national identity
3: Empire and civil society organisations
4: Enlightening the heathen in religious truth - the Scottish Presbyterian missionary movement
5: 'Missionary intelligence' and the construction of identities: religion, race, gender and class
6: Remembering and reproducing Scotland: the construction of national identity
7: From 'maniacs' to the 'best of its manhood': the appropriation of the missionary as Scottish empire-builder
8: Conclusion

About the Author

Dr Esther Breitenbach is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh. Previously Research Fellow in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, she has held research and teaching posts in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology since 2007.


A valuable addition to the historiography on national identity within the British Isles.
- Katherine Haldane Grenier, The Citadel, Journal of British Studies