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SCOTTISH ANTI-CATHOLICISM IN A BRITISH AND EUROPEAN CONTEXT: THE ‘NORTH POLE MISSION’ AND VICTORIAN SCOTLAND

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Anti-Catholicism, as a part of a more general discourse on sectarianism, intolerance and national identity, has been a regularly debated topic in Scotland for centuries. Recent Scottish historiography, partly driven by contemporary debates over sectarianism, has focused on the ethnic elements of anti-Catholicism, especially in terms of reactions against large-scale Irish immigration during the nineteenth century. This case-study, locating Scotland at the centre of a transnational ‘Northern’ mission, will supplement and refine this historiography by situating Scottish anti-Catholicism in British, European and Imperial contexts, and relating the phenomenon to Scotland’s sense of identity as a ‘stateless nation’. A hypothesis of this article is that Scotland’s anti-Catholicism can be understood in terms of similar currents of thought across northern Europe, and not just as a reaction to a perceived local cultural threat from immigrants.1

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