First published in 1982, A History of the Highland Clearances looks at the forcible clearance of tenants from land they had farmed for centuries by landlords in the Highlands of Scotland in the early nineteenth century. It examines the general context of historical change, provides a full narrative of the clearances and offers a critical evaluation of the documentary sources upon which the entire story depends.
By placing his subject in its historical perspective and into the context of the rest of Britain and Europe, Eric Richards vividly illustrates the realities of the Highland experience in the age of the clearances.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Wider Framework; Part Two: Before the Clearances; Part Three: The Pattern of Pastoralism and Clearance; Part Four: Events - The Focus Narrowed
Eric Richards was Professor of History at Flinders University of South Australia