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Source Presentation: "The Invention of Tradition: The Highland Tradition of Scotland"

An analysis of Hugh Trevor Roper's essay

Darren Young

on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of Source Presentation: "The Invention of Tradition: The Highland Tradition of Scotland"

History Through One Lens: How Hugh Trevor Roper Frames the Shaping of Scotland's Identity Source Presentation on Hugh Trevor Roper's Essay "The Invention of Tradition: The Highland Tradition of Scotland" by Darren Young Retroactive History of Scotland Why does Roper write this? Attack upon claim of Scotland having a "distinct" culture before 18th century
Division between Lowlands and Highlands "Distinct" Culture of Scotland: Before and After Kilt Language Literature of Scotland: Before and After Kilt Ancient Scottish traditions of the kilt and tartans differentiated by clan is myth
They are modern creations, invented after 1707 and the union of England and Scotland
Essay published in 1983 after the 1970s' resurgence of Scottish nationalism and calls for Scottish devolution (by some to the extent of independence) "culturally depressed"
"could have no independent tradition" Scotland does share cultural history with other countries and peoples
Part of it's developing identity
What culture doesn't share connections and origins with others? 1585: First British colony in North America on Roanoke Island
1776: 13 colonies declare independence from Great Britain
1783: Treaty of Paris - Independence won for the 13 colonies
1789: United States Constitution replaces Articles of Confederation
1861-1865: American Civil War
1959: Hawaii joins the union - the last of the 50 states currently apart of the U.S.A. "Modern" Addresses historical inaccuracy
Dangers of nationalism founded on myth - Aryan The Good Stuff Unravels historical inaccuracy
Nationalism based on myth could parallel Aryan Race in Germany
Nation vs. Culture
Defines history and culture only through his own lens
Doesn't consider that cultural identity is fluid TAKE DOWN THE WALL! Highland Tradition = Culture of Scotland Anglo Saxon = Germanic Tribes Roman Conquerors Norman Conquerors Viking Invaders Stuart House William of Orange Hanover House Golf Highland Games Curling Shinty Scotch Whisky Irn-Bru St Andrew's Day Lock Ness Monster Halloween Shortbread William Wallace Robert Burns Robert the Bruce Robert Louis Stevenson Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Carol Ann Duffy Harp David Hume Declaration of Arbroath Highland Dancing University
of Glasgow Bibliography http://britishfreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/UK-Scotland-flag-538x218.gif
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