Scottishness and ‘foreigners’: the role of a developing Scottish ‘machinery of government’ before 1939

McBride, Terence (2019). Scottishness and ‘foreigners’: the role of a developing Scottish ‘machinery of government’ before 1939. Historical Research, 92(256) pp. 410–431.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2281.12263

Abstract

Before 1939 continental Europeans were settling in Scotland, in a polity shaped by distinct religious and legal traditions. In the same period, ‘Scottish’ state institutions were gaining significant powers over welfare, public health and local government. This article, as the foundation for a wider study on migrants in Scotland, uses state records to examine this machinery’s attempts to engage with foreignness. It concludes that although officials largely engaged on the basis of increasingly restrictive alien United Kingdom legislation from 1905, this was also a period in which migrants could benefit from the official Scottishness of both ministers and mandarins.

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