Scotland's History Modern Scotland

Modern Scotland

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All change?

The harsh realities of the 1920s witnesses a mass exodus of Scots to the colonies in search of a better life. Against this bleak backdrop a new generation of thinkers question Scotland's role in Great Britain and raise the possibility of Home Rule for Scotland.

The failure of a devolution referendum and the arrival of strident new Prime Minister in 1979 polarises British politics. Traditional ways of life are challenged as key industries such as mining and heavy industry are consigned to history.

The battle for hearts and minds centers on a key question – is Scotland better off on its own?

Begin with the Singer Sewing factory strike

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