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Death in Modern Scotland, 1855–1955

Beliefs, Attitudes and Practices

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Edited By Susan Buckham, Peter C. Jupp and Julie Rugg

The period 1855 to 1955 was pivotal for modern Scottish death culture. Within art and literature death was a familiar companion, with its imagined presence charting the fears and expectations behind the public face of mortality. Framing new concepts of the afterlife became a task for both theologians and literary figures, both before and after the Great War. At the same time, medical and legal developments began to shift mortality into the realms of regulation and control. This interdisciplinary collection draws from the fields of art, literature, social history, religion, demography, legal history and architectural and landscape history. The essays employ a range of methodologies and materials – visual, statistical, archival and literary – to illustrate the richness of the primary sources for studying death in Scotland. They highlight a number of intersecting themes, including spirituality and the afterlife, the impact of war, materiality and the disposal of the body, providing new perspectives on how attitudes towards death have affected human behaviour on both personal and public levels, and throwing into relief some of the unique features of Scottish society.

BIC Classifications

  • The arts (A)
    • The arts: general issues (AB)
  • Humanities (H)
    • History (HB)
      • History: earliest times to present day (HBL)
        • Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900 (HBLL)
    • Religion & beliefs (HR)

BISAC Classifications

  • Art (ART)
    • ART / General (ART000000)
  • History (HIS)
    • HISTORY / Europe / General (HIS010000)
  • Religion (REL)
    • RELIGION / General (REL000000)

THEMA Classifications

  • The Arts (A)
    • The arts: general issues (AB)
  • History & Archaeology (N)
    • History (NH)
      • European history (NHD)
  • Philosophy & Religion (Q)
    • Religion & beliefs (QR)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • Europe (1D)
  • Time period qualifiers (3)
    • c 1500 onwards to present day (3M)
      • 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899 (3MN)
      • 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 (3MP)
      • 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100 (3MR)