By David Hesse

at first of the twenty-first century, hundreds of thousands of grownup Europeans frequently gown up as Scots. They march in kilted pipe and drum bands, toss tree trunks at Highland video games energy competitions, crusade for monuments to commemorate long-gone Scottish infantrymen, even bodily re-enact the Scottish previous, in armour and belted plaid. Their biggest fairs allure greater than 20,000 humans, and a few in their extra intricate golf equipment and bands are regarded by means of Scottish extended family chiefs.

The Scotland that's on their minds is infrequently smooth Scotland, where at the map. really, it's a delusion of Scottish historical past, a neverland of clans, kilts, Celts, and bagpipes. it's the Scottish dreamscape - the ever-evolving set of tartan-chequered myths and pictures that maintains to fascinate novelists, film-makers, and identity-seekers when you consider that not less than the overdue eighteenth century.

The 'Scots' of Europe don't often declare to be Scottish - neither via start, descent, or place of dwelling. Their performances are masquerades, and overtly declared so. in contrast to their cousins in North the USA and Australasia, the continental Highlanders not often insist that their play-acting expresses an ethnic or ancestral identity.

And but: their masquerades are quests for roots, too. via impersonating the Scots, the various eu play-actors wish to reconnect with their Celtic, Nordic, or another way pre-modern history. They think that their very own customs, songs, video games, and tribes were misplaced to the forces of modernisation - yet that a few of it will probably have survived within the Scottish outer edge. They strategy Scotland as a domain of memory.

This is the 1st learn of the self-professed 'Scots' of Europe. It strains the phenomenon's origins to well known re-enactments of the British army after the second one international warfare. It captures its scope before everything of the twenty-first century by way of utilizing unique fieldwork performed in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, and Scotland. It explores problems with functionality and social gathering, reminiscence and nostalgia, background and identification. This booklet could be of curiosity to experts on Scottish historical past and fantasy, Scottish emigration and diaspora - in addition to to a person drawn to the excitement of being an individual else.

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