The Highland Clearances

By Eric Richards

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This book is recognised as a definitive work on the Highland Clearances.

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Birlinn Limited

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The Highland Clearances stands out as one of the most emotive chapters in the history of Scotland.This book traces the origins of the Clearances from the eighteenth century to their culmination in the crofting legislation of the 1880s. In considering both the terrible suffering of the Highland people as well as the stark choices that faced landowners during a period of rapid economic change, it shows how the Clearances were one of many 'attempted' solutions to the problem of how to maintain a population on marginal and infertile land, and were, in fact, part of a wider European movement of rural depopulation.In drawing attention away from the mythology to the hard facts of what actually happened, The Highland Clearances offers a balanced analysis of events which created a terrible scar on the Highland and Gaelic imagination.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 6 Jun 2016
SKU 9781780273846-grouped
Number of Pages 512

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'Eric Richards is a fluent, lucid writer' - Herald; 'required reading ... not to be missed for its fearless and comprehensive grasp of the past and its relevance for today' - Ileach

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