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


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 2014 and Beyond – Key Contexts of Innocence and Maturity: Scotland, the UK, the EU, the Global & Digital Worlds: Klaus Peter Müller (Mainz)


Human understanding of anything always depends on the contexts in which things are seen: a text gets meaning through its context(s). For a fairly holistic understanding of Scotland, it is, therefore, necessary to regard it in connection with its essential contexts. This text will show how true this premise of human understanding is and reveal the diverse characteristics of Scotland that appear when it is regarded in relation to itself, to the UK, the EU, and the global and digital worlds.

The big historic event in Scottish history in 2014, the referendum on independence on 18 September, is now over. Its result was that 55% of those who took part said No and only 45% Yes to an independent Scotland.1 This sounds like a clear decision and a conclusive majority, which should settle the matter for a long time and put an end to further discussions about independence. For a number of important reasons, though, the very opposite is the case, and just a few weeks later there now is a majority in favour of independence.2 One important reason is the people’s dissatisfaction with politicians, their huge distrust of this influential group, a misgiving which has been around for much longer than the 2009 expenses scandal, has increased all the time,3 and is now growing stronger again be ← 11 | 12 → cause people fear that the promises made by David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Gordon Brown, and other top representatives of the Tory, Liberal, and Labour parties shortly...

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