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The Highland Clearances.

Richards, Eric.

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ISBN 10: 1841580406 / ISBN 13: 9781841580401
Verlag: Edinburgh, Birlinn, 2005
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21.5cm x 13.5cm. xii, 379 pages. With 5 maps. Original illustrated softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Includes for example the following chapters: Suishnish in Skye in 1854/ Landlords/ Glencavie/ Strathconan/ The Highland Clearances and Rural Revolution/ The Great Change in the Nation/ Food Supply/ The Pastoral Problem/ The Population Imperative/ The Dilemma/ British Precursors/ Uplands and Ireland/ Within Scotland/ Emigration/ The Quiet March of the Sheep/ The Power of the Landlords/ Sheep Breeds/ Sheep in the Highlands/ Southern Models/ Local Sheep Farmers/ Beyond the Great Glen/ North of the Great Glen/ Borderland/ The New Sheep Farm at Kildermorie/ Lord Adam Gordon's Reaction/ The Press/ Punishment/ Aftermath and the Widening Sheep Empire/ Clearing Sutherland: Lairg, Assynt and Kildonan 1807-13/ The Statue/ Famine and Progress/ Calm Clearances in Assynt, 1812/ Turmoil in Kildonan and Clyne, 1812/ Sensation in Strathnaver/ Prejudice/ The Last of the Sutherland Clearances/ Whitsun 1819/ The 1820 Clearances/ Rare Voices/ The Hebrides/ The Island of Rum/ Harris in 1841/ The Tenacity of the Small Tenantry/ Sinclair of Freswick/ Potato Famine/ The Strathaird Evictions/ Colonel Gordon, Barra and the Uists/ The Reputation of Gordon of Cluny/ Clearance and Famine on Barra/ Internal Refugees/ Coerced Emigration/ The Macdonald Estates in North Uist, Benbecula and Skye/ Frustrated Lairds and Bloody-Minded Crofters: Lewis, Durness and Coigach/ Highland Poverty/ Rich and Poor/ Coigach and the Naked Clearer/ Knoydart and Greenyards/ Macdonnell of Glengarry and Koydart/ The Slaughter at Greenyards, 1854/ Nervous Landlords/ Shetland and Mull/ Carnegie/ Riddell and the New Elites/ Deer/ Napier 1884/ Recidivism/ The Demand for Land/ The Highland Clearances etc. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 41871AB

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Titel: The Highland Clearances.

Verlag: Edinburgh, Birlinn

Erscheinungsdatum: 2005

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The Highland Clearances were one of the most devastating events in Scotland's history: brutal evictions, burning, starvation, and barren wastes. This new study shows how much deeper and more complex the subject is than had been previously thought. Eric Roberts tracks the origins of the Clearances from the 18th century to their culmination in the crofting legislation of the 1880s. He shows how the process of clearance was part of a European movement of rural depopulation, describes the gross overcrowding and appalling conditions of the Highland population and shows how invidious and difficult were the choices that faced even the most benevolent of landlords in the face of the harsh tide of economic change.

In no way is the brutality and horror of the Clearances diminished by time. The Clearances created a terrible scar in the Highland and Gaelic imagination, but it must be remembered, that they were simply one amongst many attempted "solutions" to a problem -- a problem that remains today -- of how to maintain a population on marginal and infertile land. As we enter the 21st century, the question of the Clearances is still with us and still unanswered.


In this account of the Highland Clearances of the 18th century, Eric Richards draws attention to the brutal evictions as being one amongst many solutions to the problem of maintaining marginal and unfertile land and reasserts that as we enter the 21st century, we have yet to find a solution.

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