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Scottish and Welsh Nationalist Movements: Their Components, Rise and Consequences For the British Government

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Title: Scottish and Welsh Nationalist Movements: Their Components, Rise and Consequences For the British Government
Author: Wallman, Kate
Advisor: Glickman, Harvey
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Political Science
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 1999
Abstract: Nationalism is a powerful political force; it has been the chief political motivator in the "Celtic" regions of Great Britain; Scotland and Wales. The definition of nationalism explains that there are two primary types: civic and ethnic. An ethnic nationalist movement formed in Wales, which traditionally has focused its attention on the preservation of the Welsh culture and language. However, in Scotland, the nationalist movement has taken on civic connotations, due to its emphasis on the importance of the rights of the Scottish people as citizens of an historic homeland that, for centuries, claimed its own statehood. Nationalism in Scotland and in Wales was initially seen in the policies of rising nationalist organizations and is presently found in the doctrines of significant political parties. These nationalist movements have transformed from their fledgling social manifestation to be influential and powerful political forces in British government. The most recent and dramatic success of the nationalist movements has been the institutionalization of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly. These two governmental bodies possess several devolved powers taken from the Westminster government. The Parliament and Assembly will give Scotland and Wales a form of governmental autonomy and self-determination that the nationalist movements have been campaigning for since their inception. These administrations will significantly alter the shape of British government by paving the way for further Westminster reforms and for further nationalist successes, such as the quest for independence and further integration into Europe.
Subject: Nationalism -- Scotland
Subject: Nationalism -- Wales
Subject: Great Britain -- Politics and government
Subject: Scotland -- Politics and government
Subject: Wales -- Politics and government
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7783

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Wallman, Kate. "Scottish and Welsh Nationalist Movements: Their Components, Rise and Consequences For the British Government". 1999. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7783.

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