Edinburgh (Gaelic: Dùn Èideann) is the capital of Scotland. The city has a population of just under 478,000.
Situated in pleasant coastal and rural scenery, it is considered one of the most attractive of European cities. To the north is the estuary of the River Forth; east is the stretch of the North Sea known as the Firth of Forth; south are the Pentland Hills; and to the west lies the most densely-populated area of Scotland, known as the Central Belt.
Because of its distinctive architecture, rich history and vibrant cultural life, Edinburgh is an extremely popular tourist destination. Attractions include Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood House, Princes Street, St. Giles' Cathedral, and the Scott Monument.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is set in the 1930s, a fairly tumultuous period in history both at an international level and within Britain.
Following the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the USA and most European countries entered a period of prolonged economic recession known as the Great Depression, the effects of which were felt throughout the 1930s. Unemployment levels in Britain reached a peak in 1933, when almost 3 million people were out of work.
Cultural life, of course, went on. Novels published during the 1930s include Vile Bodies (1930) by Evelyn Waugh, Tender is the Night (1934) by F.Scott Fitzgerald, and Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936) by George Orwell, while films of the period include All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Duck Soup (1933) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).