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Ourselves and Others

Scotland 1832-1914

Graeme Morton

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This revised and updated volume of the New History of Scotland series explores a period of intense identity formation in Scotland. Examining the 'us and them' mentality, it delivers an account of the blended nature of Scottish society through the transformations of the industrial era from 1832 to 1914.

Alongside the history of Scotland's national identity, and its linked political and social institutions, is an account of the changing nature of society within Scotland and the relentless eddy of historical developments from home and away. Where previous histories of this period have focused on industry, this book will take a closer look at the people that helped to form Scottish national identity. Graeme Morton shows that identity was a key element in explaining Industrial Scotland, charting the interplay between the micro and the macro and merging the histories of the Scots and the Scottish nation.

Graeme Morton is the Scottish Studies Foundation Chair and Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph.

Key Features

  • Popular and well-liked student series
  • Completely updated and revised with new research
  • Charts the birth of modern Scottish identity 1832-1914
  • Emphasis on weather, sport, leisure, consumption and material culture of childhood


1. Being Scotland
2. Weather Scotland Will
3. We Live, We Die
4. Urban Scots
5. Getting Around
6. Working Scots
7. Poverty, Spending, and Sport
8. Reading, Writing, Talking, and Singing
9. Believing Ourselves
10. Controlling Ourselves and Others
11. Emigration and Diaspora
12. Being Ourselves.

About the Author

Graeme Morton is Professor of Modern History at the University of Dundee having previous held the inaugural Scottish Studies Foundation Chair at the University of Guelph. His research focus falls on national identity, associational culture and diaspora studies. Recent publications include Ourselves and Others: Scotland, 1832–1914 (Edinburgh, 2012), A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800 to 1900 (Edinburgh, 2010) and Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples (Montreal & Kingston, 2013).


It is an excellent survey that deftly and thoughtfully examines the variety of forces that shaped how Scots lived, worked, played, believed, learned, and thought about themselves.
- Katherine Haldane Grenier, The Citadel, Scotia: Interdisciplinary Journal of Scottish Studies: Volume XXXV, 2013

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