The Great Highland Famine

Hunger, Emigration and the Scottish Highlands in the Nineteenth Century

By Tom M. Devine

Format: Paperback

"The Great Hunger", in 19th-century Ireland was one of the great human tragedies of modern times. Almost a million perished and a further two million emigrated in the wake of potato blight and economic collapse. At the same time, acute famine also gripped the Scottish Highlands and caused hardship and distress there.

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Birlinn Limited

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The story of that lesser-known human tragedy is told for the first time in this prize-winning and internationally acclaimed book In this book, T.M. Devine provides an unusually detailed account of the classic themes of Highland and Scottish history, including clearance, landlordism, crafting life, emigration and migration which provides a subtle and intricate reconstruction of Highland history.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 16 Feb 2004
ISBN 9781904607427
Number of Pages 368

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'This book is a major step forward in Highland historiography' - Northern Scotland 'Devine's history is total, sensitive and scholarly with something to say to anthropologists, sociologists and humanists as well as historians' - Choice USA: A Current Review for College Libraries

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