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Scotland 2014 and Beyond – Coming of Age and Loss of Innocence?

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Edited By Klaus Peter Müller

This book examines Scotland from a great variety of international and disciplinary perspectives, offering viewpoints from ordinary citizens as well as experts in culture, history, literature, sociology, politics, the law, and the media. The texts investigate the mental processes, dispositions, and activities that have been involved in past and present discussions about Scottish independence, freedom, equality, justice, and the creation of a fair society. Such discussions have been shaped by specific values, ideologies, class or personal interests and objectives as well as by specific ways of telling their stories. These are analysed together with the European, global, and democratic dimensions of Scotland, in order to find answers to the question how coming of age might be achieved today.
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Scotland as Part of the UK: International Law and Medieval History: Dauvit Broun (Glasgow)

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The UK government published legal advice that the rest of the UK would be recognised as a continuing state if Scotland became independent. It is argued in this paper that the legal advice raises questions about the identity of the UK which the UK government cannot answer. In order to understand their dilemma, and find a solution, it is necessary to examine the make-up of Britain in the Middle Ages. This suggests that Scottish independence could be the best way to establish a stronger British identity that can be shared equally by English, Scots, Welsh, and Northern Irish.

On 11 February 2013, the government of the United Kingdom took the highly unusual step of publishing the legal advice that they had commissioned on whether, in the event of Scottish independence, Scotland would be regarded in international law as a new state and the remainder of the UK as a continuation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This is, needless to say, the outcome the UK government itself prefers. The Scottish government, on the other hand, takes the view that the United Kingdom, created fundamentally by the ‘Treaty’ of Union in 1707, would cease to exist on Scottish independence, leading to the creation of two new states. In contrast to the UK government, the Scottish government has not released the legal advice it has received on this question, insisting that this would breach long established protocols. The decision by the UK government to publish their...

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