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

Eschle, Catherine (2016) Bairns not bombs : the Scottish peace movement and the British nuclear state. In: The United Kingdom and the Future of Nuclear Weapons. Weapons of Mass Destruction . Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham, MA. ISBN 9781442265738

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Abstract

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.