Bairns not bombs: the Scottish peace movement and the British nuclear state

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Mobilisation against nuclear weapons in Scotland is surprisingly under-researched. In that light, this chapter offers a preliminary account of anti-nuclear/peace campaigning in Scotland and its contribution to nuclear politics in the UK. It asks: in what ways and to what degree is such campaigning in Scotland distinguishable from that south of the border? And what is its relevance today, in the context of continued constitutional uncertainty and the looming 'Main Gate' decision on Trident renewal? The chapter argues for the existence of a distinct Scottish peace movement −one, moreover, that is likely to play a continuing role in symbolising and channelling opposition to the UK nuclear state in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe United Kingdom and the Future of Nuclear Weapons
EditorsAndrew Futter
Place of PublicationLanham, MA
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameWeapons of Mass Destruction
PublisherRowman and Littlefield


  • anti-nuclear
  • peace movement
  • Scotland
  • Trident


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