The second episode in Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir‘s Facing Our History – The North American Gael series, Culloden, Colonialism, and Capitalism is now available as a podcast. You can listen to the podcast on our website here.
In this episode, we welcome Dr. Matthew Dziennik, Associate Professor at the U. S. Naval Academy. Dr. Dziennik argues that only by understanding the overlap between colonialism and capitalism, and the importance of economic stratification, can the historical changes seen in Gaelic Scotland be properly understood. At its heart, this presentation suggests that historical change in Gaelic Scotland cannot be distilled down to simple explanations of cultural suppression. It was, instead, the imposition of market capitalism, with complex interactions between political, social, and economic change, that did the most to transform the Scottish Gàidhealtachd. Colonialism and capitalism were mutually supportive aspects of British policy in Scotland and the wider empire.
Give a listen to this episode and join us for future episodes. Each program will be in the medium of English to reach the widest audience, but will have some Gaelic woven into the program – a taste of Gaelic if you will.
There is an assumption at the foundation of this project: That if we better understand our own Scottish Gaelic history and our own experience of oppression and colonization, the responses of our ancestors to those conditions in their own words, and how that historical experience and the narratives that grew from it have shaped today, we can not only better revitalize our own language and culture but be better allies with those who suffered from the same process.
Tha sinn an dòchas gun tig sibh còmhla rinn air an turas seo.
We hope you will join on this journey.