Military Governors and Imperial Frontiers C. 1600-1800: A Study of Scotland and Empires


This volume examines Scotland's experience of and reaction to European expansion between c. 1600-1800. Although Scotland lacked an independent empire in the seventeenth century, it gained unfettered access to the global empire of England after 1707. The volume argues that, beneath this seemingly stark discontinuity, there lay considerable continuity. Using a series of case studies on Scottish governors serving in the empires of Denmark-Norway, Weden, and their eighteenth century Russian and British equivalents, it highlights the previously underestimated chronological and geographic extent of Scotland's engagement in European expansion. It concludes that a blend of informal networks of kinship and local association complemented the official status of Scottish governors and produced a relatively distinctive and effective strategy for participating in imperialism.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • John M. Mackenzie
  • Steve Murdoch
  • Rune Hagen
  • Alexia Grosjean
  • Patrick Little
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2003


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