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Scotland: the global history
Professor Murray Pittock explores Scotland’s unique history through two unique case studies: Jacobite piracy and Scottish universities.


With more than 50 million people around the world today claiming Scottish descent, Scotland’s history and heritage are celebrated around the world. But how did a country with a comparatively small population achieve such global renown?

In our live History Scotland Zoom lecture, Professor Murray Pittock looks at two case studies: Jacobite piracy and the Scottish universities in the last era of the 'democratic intellect'.

He will explore how these totally different contexts had similar aims in promoting global power and reach on the high seas.


As the constitutional debate has grown over the last thirty years, there have been many histories of Scotland published. Professor Murray Pittock’s new book Scotland: The Global History is a different kind of book. It addresses Scottish roles in overseas markets, merchant communities abroad, intellectual exports and discussions over evolving territorial and marine concepts of national and international sovereignty, as well as in charitable and convivial associations worldwide.

It acknowledges overseas influence on Scotland, and Scottish roles in the slave and other exploitative trade and in piracy. It deals with Continental Europe, the British Empire and other parts of the world, and it makes clear why and where Scottish history is distinct from the history of Britain and how Scottish networks functioned in maintaining that distinction at the height of the Union.


Join Professor Murray Pittock for a c.45-minute online talk, followed by approximately 30 minutes of questions from the audience. The webinar will be recorded and made available to ticket-holders for 7 days after the broadcast.

Sep 7, 2022 06:30 PM in London

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Professor Murray Pittock
Professor Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor and Pro Vice-Principal at the University of Glasgow. An engaging and experienced speaker with a wealth of knowledge, Professor Pittock has appeared on the media in 55 countries on culture, politics, history and society.