of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
School of Scottish Studies
MA (Edinburgh), PhD (Edinburgh) is Professor of History and Chair of
Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph in Canada. Until recently he
was Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History in the School of
History and Classics at the University of Edinburgh. He specialises in the
historical construction of Scottish national identity and nationalism
since 1700, with particular emphasis on the creation of the Victorian cult
of William Wallace. He currently serves on the council of the Scottish
History Society, the Economic and Social History Society of Scotland, the
Editorial Board of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland and the Edinburgh
University Canadian Studies Committee. He is a member of the International
Advisory Board of the Centre for Border Studies, University of Glamorgan,
launched October 2003. His research interests include the theories of
nationalism and governance in Britain and Canada, urban society, civil
society and local/central government relations in Edinburgh and Scotland,
1800-1929. He is a member of a large international research project funded
by the European Science Foundation to study 'Writing National Histories in
Europe' (2003-2007). He was joint chair and organiser of sessions at both
the fifth International Conference on Urban History, Berlin 2000, and the
sixth International Conference on Urban History, Edinburgh 2002.
He is married to Angela, who is a rural sociologist, and together they are
responsible for bringing into the world Sam and Evie, who are twins, and
have now reached the age of eight. They are very excited about starting
their new life in Guelph.
Books: G. Morton, William Wallace: Man and Myth (Sutton Publishers:
Stroud, 2001, 2004, pp. x + 218. ISBN 0-7509-3523-5).
G. Morton, Unionist-Nationalism: Governing Urban Scotland, 1830-1860,
aScottish Historical Review Monograph (Tuckwell Press: East
Linton, 1999, pp. xii + 227. ISBN 1-86232-039-X).
A. Morris & G. Morton, Locality, Community and Nation (Hodder &
Stoughton: London, 1998, pp. iv + 140. ISBN 0-340-720573).
G. Morton, R.J. Morris, & B. de Vries (eds.) Civil Society and
Associations in the Nineteenth-century Urban Place: Class, Nation and
Culture (Ashgate: Aldershot, forthcoming 2004).
G. Morton, Ourselves and Others; Scotland 1832-1914. New History of
Scotland Series (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2006).
Journal Articles and Chapters:
R.J. Morris, G. Morton & T. Griffiths (eds.) 'Editors' Introduction',
Journal of Urban History (2004 forthcoming). Special edition
showcasing the best of European urban history presented at the sixth
International Conference on Urban History.
G. Morton & R.J. Morris, 'Civil Society, Governance and Nation:
1832-1914', The New Penguin History of Scotland: From the Earliest
Times to the Present Day, R.A. Houston & W.W.J. Knox, editors (London,
2001 & 2002), pp. 355-416.
G. Morton, 'Nationality in Civil Society: élite and folk culture in
Scotland, 1707-1914', in special edition of Skhid—Zakhid
(East—West), 4 (2001): Rossia et Britannia: Imperii ta natsii na
okraiinakh Evropy, pp. 100-111.
G. Morton & A. Morris, 'Civil Society, Civic Community: breaking the
rural-urban continuum in the global age?' in C. Di Domencio, A. Law, J.
Skinner, M. Smith (eds.) Boundaries & Identities: Nation, Politics and
Culture in Scotland (Dundee, 2001) pp. 171-189.
G. Morton, 'The First Home Rule Movement in Scotland, 1886 to 1918', in
H.T. Dickinson & Michael Lynch (eds.) The Challenge to Westminster:
Sovereignty, Devolution and Independence (East Linton 2000), pp.
G. Morton, 'The boundaries of civil society in a stateless nation:
governing nineteenth-century Edinburgh', Mélanges de l'École Française
de Rome. Italie et Méditerranée 111, 1999, 2, pp. 763-778.
G. Morton, 'What if? The significance of Scotland's missing nationalism in
the nineteenth century', in D. Broun, R. Finlay, M. Lynch (eds.) Image
and Identity: the making and re-making of Scotland through the ages
(Edinburgh, 1998), pp. 157-176.
G. Morton, 'Civil society, municipal government and the state:
enshrinement, empowerment and legitimacy, Scotland, 1800-1929', Urban
History, Vol. 25, part 3, Dec. 1998, pp. 348-367.
G. Morton, 'The Most Efficacious Patriot: the heritage of William Wallace
in nineteenth century Scotland', Scottish Historical Review. Vol.
LXXVII, 2: No. 204: Oct. 1998, pp. 224-251.
G. Morton, 'Presenting the Self: record linkage and referring to ordinary
historical persons', History and Computing, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1994,
R.J. Morris & G. Morton, 'Where was nineteenth century Scotland?', The
Scottish Historical Review, Vol. LXXIV, No. 1, April 1994, pp. 89-99.
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