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The Scottish Experience in Asia, c.1700 to the Present

Settlers and Sojourners

  • T. M. Devine
  • Angela McCarthy


  • First major study of the migration experiences of Scots throughout Asia, critically engaging with the concept of ethnicity and notions of Scottishness

  • Encompasses diverse Asian destinations, including India, Ceylon, China, Singapore, and Hong Kong

  • Explores key themes of trade, commerce, commodities, agriculture, cross-cultural contact, associational culture, identities, law, religion, and the emotions


Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

About this book


This pioneering volume focuses on the scale, territorial trajectories, impact, economic relationships, identity and nature of the Scottish-Asia connection from the late seventeenth century to the present. It is especially concerned with identifying whether there was a distinctive Scottish experience and if so, what effect it had on the East. Did Scots bring different skills to Asia and how far did their backgrounds prepare them in different ways? Were their networks distinctive compared to other ethnicities? What was the pull of Asia for them? Did they really punch above their weight as some contemporaries thought, or was that just exaggerated rhetoric? If there was a distinctive ‘Scottish effect’ how is that to be explained? 


Scottish History Asian History 1700-Onwards Settler Colonialism Settlers

Editors and affiliations

  • T. M. Devine
    • 1
  • Angela McCarthy
    • 2
  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

About the editors

T. M. Devine is Sir William Fraser Professor Emeritus of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He was knighted in 2014 for ‘services to the study of Scottish history’.

Angela McCarthy is Professor of Scottish and Irish History at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She is the author and editor of several books on migration, including that of the Scots.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Scottish Experience in Asia, c.1700 to the Present
  • Book Subtitle Settlers and Sojourners
  • Editors T. M. Devine
    Angela McCarthy
  • Series Title Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-43073-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82731-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-43074-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 324
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Asian History
    History of Britain and Ireland
    Social History
    Imperialism and Colonialism
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