'The Nation's Joy': Scotland and the Armistice, 1918-2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


St Andrews Open Association Friday Evening Lecture Series: The Armistice of 11 November 1918 was not unexpected. There was a general awareness that the German government had sued for peace and Scots were ‘strung to a high pitch of excitement’, eagerly anticipating the announcement that would signal the end of the Great War. The news occasioned enthusiastic celebrations across the country, but the impromptu festivities were mitigated by an appreciation of the material and human cost of the War. This lecture will explore Scotland’s reaction to the Armistice and the dichotomy of happiness and sorrow experienced by many Scots on receipt of the news that brought an end to hostilities. It will also reflect on the wider issues of remembrance, inexorably linked with the annual commemoration of the Armistice, and why this remains
an important part of our national character
Period9 Nov 2018
Held atSt Andrews Open Association, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal