'Independence in Europe', adopted by the Scottish National Party
(SNP) as its core policy in 1988, has become part and parcel of
contemporary Scottish nationalism. But is this not a contradiction
in terms? Nationalistic logic dictates that one cannot demand
independence while accepting the constraints that come with
membership of the European Union. This book takes up that question
and explores the conditions that have emerged and become integrated
with Scottish society today. In this innovative study, Atsuko
Ichijo argues that the idea of 'Independence in Europe' acquired
coherence because of two factors: first, there are a variety of
images of Europe that the people from that continent have developed
over millennia; second, there is a large depository of images of
Scotland that the people of Scotland have cultivated over
centuries. The diversity of images available has made it possible
for contemporary Scots to pick and choose the images of Scotland
and Europe that reflect their aspirations and hence to create a
coherent world-view. 'pro-European' dimension of Scottish
nationalism and its implications for the UK. The book also argues
for the necessity of examining the uses of history in seeking to
understand the 'new' nationalisms of contemporary Europe. This book
will be of great interest to students and researchers of British
political history, nationalism and contemporary European politics.
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