Australia and Scotland: the Evolution of a Long-Distance Relationship

Eric Richards

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    Scotland's impact across the world undoubtedly stretched to the Antipodes particularly, but not only, in the colonial era. Under the "canopy of Empire", Australia and Scotland were linked by migration, trade, capital movements and by cultural ties. But these were all two-way ties. They did not simply colour the "Australian civilisation". Rather there was a vital and shifting reciprocation between Scotland and Australia. The relationship between them has mainly been determined by their different economic trajectories. Today financial and skilled human capital move each way between the two countries with heightened velocity and efficiency. These flows, along with continuing cultural connections, enmesh two fully developed modern economies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)485-502
    Number of pages18
    JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


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