Since the late twentieth century, Scotland has undergone a series of political changes. I argue that a consequence of these changes has been increased support for a separate national Scottish identity. By analyzing competing visions of this identity through the tourism industry and Gaelic revival, this IS shows the complexities of this move towards nationalism. While many scholars have analyzed the re-emergence of Scottish identity since 1707, the relationship between Gaelic revival efforts and the tourism industry have not been connected to show the complexities of this re-emerging Scottish identity. This IS draws on a vast array of interdisciplinary sources to place this topic into its historical context. Legislative acts, Parliamentary records, news articles, website archives, and other scholars provide evidence to show how the tourism industry and Gaelic activists are interacting with political events. This comparative analysis into the re-emergence of Scottish identity demonstrates how Scotland is understanding itself as a nation and the ways in which the country is presenting its distinct identity globally.


Welsch, Christina




European History | Political History | Social History


Scottish Gaelic, Scottish tourism, Scottish Politics, Identity, devolution, independence referendum, Brexit, coronavirus, COVID-19, cultural history, heritage

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar



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