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The Independence of ScotlandSelf-government and the Shifting Politics of Union$
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Michael Keating

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545957.001.0001

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Understanding the Union

Understanding the Union

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(p.17) 2 Understanding the Union
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The Independence of Scotland
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Michael Keating (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545957.003.0002

The United Kingdom is neither a unitary state nor a federal state but a union. It was built on limited functional integration; political management; and a distinct ideology of unionism on both left and right. The empire was an important component of the union but not the only one and Britain could have survived the end of empire without disintegrating as a state. During the nineteenth century, the Union was valued in Scotland as giving access to wider markets. In the twentieth century its value changed as Scotland depended on protection and resources from the British state. Within the Union, Scottish nationality was not only preserved but developed, providing an alternative to Union at critical moments.

Keywords:   Union, Integration, Unionism

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