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The Highland Clearances

By Eric Richards

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Format: Paperback, 512 pages, New edition Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 2016
This is the first documented study of one of Scotland's most emotive subjects for many years. It traces the origins of the Clearances from the eighteenth century to their culmination in the crofting legislation of the 1880s, showing how the process of clearance was part of a wider European movement of rural depopulation. Eric Richards describes the appalling conditions and treatment suffered by the Highland people, yet at the same time illustrates how difficult the choices were that faced even the most benevolent landlords in the face of rapid economic change. In drawing attention away from the mythology to the hard facts of what actually happened, this book offers a balanced analysis of events which created a terrible scar on the Highland and Gaelic imagination, the historical legacy of which still lies unresolved in the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Eric Richards is Emeritus Professor of History at Flinders University, Australia and previously taught at Stirling University, Scotland. His published work includes an acclaimed biography of Patrick Sellar, which was awarded the prize for Scottish History Book of the Year (1999) by the Saltire Society.

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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

EAN: 9781780273846
ISBN: 1780273843
Publisher: Birlinn Publishers
Dimensions: 19.5 x 13 x 4 centimetres (0.49 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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