Scotland and Europe: the past shaping the present?
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Scotland and Europe: the past shaping the present?

Scotland and Europe: the past shaping the present?

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Please join us for the first Our Changing World Lecture, "Scotland and Europe: the past shaping the present?", with Professor Sir Tom Devine.

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The  relations of Scotland with Europe are now  at the heart of  today's national political  discourse  after  the historic result of the EU referendum in June 2016. Is the nation's future to be found in Europe, either inside or outside the United Kingdom, is just one  of the many questions which are  now  widely debated.

This lecture by Professor Sir Tom Devine, Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography Emeritus in the University of Edinburgh, will seek to provide historical context and perspective to these issues. He will argue that for centuries Scotland was a profoundly European nation with much closer links to the continent through migration, commerce, politics, religion and ideas than with England. It will also be shown that the  impact of this connection on the shaping of this  country was deep and diverse and the effects remain with us to the present day. Finally, the presentation will explore any linkages  between that past and the political challenges which  confront  the nation in the future.

For more information on the series please visit;

www.ocw.ed.ac.uk

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