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The Cameronians - Scottish Rifles


The Thin Red Line / War, Empire and Visions of Scotland
- by Stuart Allan and Allan Carswell

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Inspired by the collections in the National War Museum of Scotland, the authors explore the impact of war on generations of Scots, through union, empire, world war and modern global politics.

Exploring the history and relationship between Scottish society and the growth and decline of British Imperial military power. Four substantial, illustrated essays explore the influence of war and military service in concepts of Scottish cultural identity, and the affects of changing military and strategic imperatives in Scotland and the Scottish people.

‘…Allan and Carswell observe that the Scottish military heritage may have less appeal within contemporary Scotland as memories of the Empire and the Second World War fade. Hopefully this book will remind its readers that these are memories worth recalling and memories that are worthy of further study.’
As reviewed in Army Historical Research

‘This richly illustrated book of 160 pages is a most succinct yet comprehensive journey through Scotland’s glorious military history … This book and the magnificent Museum in the Castle are recommended as a must for every professional soldier.’
As reviewed in The Highlander

‘There is much truth in the old saying that Scotland was born fighting … I recommend the book to anyone who seeks to understand how Scotland came to be the way it is today and especially how the military factor has shaped the national story.’
From the foreword by Professor T M Devine, University of Aberdeen

Available from bookshops or (p/p free in the UK) from the publisher NMS Enterprises Limited – Publishing, National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
0131 247 4026


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