Scotland and the First World War: myth memory and the legacy of Bannockburn

Gill Plain (Editor)

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What did the First World War look like in the cultural imagination of 1914? Why did men in Scotland sign up to fight in unprecedented numbers? What were the martial myths shaping Scottish identity from the aftermath of the 1314 Battle of Bannockburn to the close of the nineteenth century, and what did the Scottish soldiers of the First World War think they were fighting for? This collection of new interdisciplinary essays interrogates the trans-historical myths of nation, belonging and martial identity that shaped Scotland's encounter with the First World War. In a series of thematically linked essays, experts from the fields of literature, history and cultural studies examine how Scotland remembers war and how remembering war has shaped Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLanham, Maryland
PublisherBucknell University Press
Number of pages284
ISBN (Electronic)9781611487770
ISBN (Print)9781611487763, 9781611487787
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameAperçus histories texts cultures
PublisherBucknell University Press


  • First World War
  • Bannockburn
  • Scotland
  • Myth
  • Memory
  • Masculinity
  • National identity
  • Soldiers
  • Military
  • War poetry
  • Scottish literature
  • Memorials
  • Commemoration


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