Debating the Highland Clearances

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Edinburgh University Press, Jul 11, 2007 - History - 256 pages
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Storm clouds always gather over the story of the Highland Clearances. The eviction of the Highlanders from the glens and straths of the Highlands and Islands of the north of Scotland still causes great historical dispute more than a century after the events. The Highland Clearances also generated a great deal of contemporary controversy and documentation. The record comes in diverse forms and with radically different provenances, offering excellent material for exercises in historical analysis and selection. Debating the Highland Clearances introduces the Highland Clearances as a classic historical problem. Eric Richards reviews the historical debate and examines the methods and sources employed by the combatants past and present. The debates among historians, novelists, politicians and economists are no less passionate today and raise major questions about interpretation and the appropriate frame of reference for the noisy and continuing public debate about the Highland Clearances. This book prese
 

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Contents

Debating the Clearances
3
Before the Clearances
26
The Age of Clearances
45
Protest and Resistance during the Clearances
66
The Blame Game
84
Documents
105
Introduction to Documents
107
Documents 182
109
Chronology
220
Guide to Further Reading
222
Essay Questions and Projects
226
Works Cited in the Text
228
Glossary
235
Statistical Tables
237
Index
239
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Eric Richards is Professor of History at the Flinders University

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