Sunday, February 20, 2011

Scottish Migration: A Comparative Bibliography from the University of Aberdeen

Entrance to King's College Quadrangle, University of Aberdeen

Just in case I have not provided you with enough reading material on the Scottish Diaspora, I wanted to make sure you knew about the Diaspora Bibliography from from the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

From RIISS: "The following bibliography contains a selection of historical studies of the overseas Irish and Scottish communities that are inspired by comparative and transnational (“diasporic”) approaches. Comparative approaches “examine specific similarities and differences in the experiences of similar migrants who have settled in different nations or national regions”. Diasporic approaches, in contrast, “seek to transcend the nation-state as the primary unit of historical analysis, searching for reciprocal interactions and the sensibilities they nurture among globally scattered communities” This can involve exploring movement and interaction between the home country and overseas destinations, as well as interconnections among areas of overseas settlement."

This annotated list is heavily weighted towards books about the Irish diaspora.  Only 10 of the 47 sources listed are about the Scots or the Scots-Irish. These ten are:
  1. The People of Glengarry: Highlanders in Transition, 1745-1820 (Mcgill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History)
  2. A Global Clan: Scottish Migrant Networks and Identity since the Eighteenth Century (International Library of Historical Studies)
  3. Nation and Province in the First British Empire: Scotland and the Americas, 1600-1800
  4. Sojourners in the Sun: Scottish Migrants in Jamaica and the Chesapeake, 1740-1800
  5. Myth, Migration and the Making of Memory: Scotia and Nova Scotia C.1700-1990
  6. The People with No Name: Ireland's Ulster Scots, America's Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1689-1764.
  7. Scotland's Empire 1600-1815
  8. Portable Utopia: Glasgow and the United States, 1820-1920
  9. Scotland: A History (Oxford Illustrated History)
  10. and Hawkins, Jonathan, 'Imperial '45: The Jacobite Rebellion in Transatlantic Context', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 24 (1996), 24-47.
The page also includes about a dozen links to other bibliographic sources. Again, most of the pages are for Irish migration. There is one link  for Ulster-Scots and one for Scots. The links to these Scottish sources on the RIISS page are broken, so use the ones I've provided here.

Bibliography from the Institute of Ulster- Scots Studies at the University of Ulster. This page provides links to primary and secondary sources.
The Transatlantic Literary Studies Reading List from the STAR Project at the University of Edinburgh. Despite the title, this reading list does contain several history books.
Happy Reading!


Heather Rojo said...

I'm thinking I should print out some of your lists for our local history room at the Londonderry, NH library. Perhaps the library should buy some of these volumes since we were the place were many Ulster Scots began their migration in America. At least if I post it on the bulletin board, folks can see what is out there when they come here to do their family tree.

Amanda E. Epperson said...

Sounds like a good idea Heather.


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