A History of the Highland Clearances: Emigration, Protest, Reasons, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

A History of the Highland Clearances

Emigration, Protest, Reasons, 1st Edition

By Eric Richards


557 pages

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Hardback: 9780367514464
pub: 2020-08-06
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First published in 1985, A History of the Highland Clearances: Volume 2 explores the various types of communal and intellectual responses, contemporary and retrospective, to the experience of the clearances. The first section considers the legacy of the two hundred years’ debate about the Highland problem and the place of the clearances therein. The second section assesses the scale, range and timing of the emigrations of the Highlanders, as well as some of the motivations. The third section contemplates the direct popular response to the clearances, the collective memory and the tradition of physical resistance. The fourth section is about the career, trial and reputation of Patrick Sellar, which together embodied much of the social history, ruling ideas, and the necessary mythology of the clearances. The final section considers the fundamental economic problem of the Highlands in the age of the clearances, and the moral and economic alternatives that faced the community, the landlords, and the nation.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Effort to Understand; Part Two: Emigration and the Highland Clearances; Part Three: The Reaction from Below; Part Four: Patrick Sellar; Part Five: The Economics of the Highland Clearances

About the Author

Eric Richards was Professor of History at Flinders University of South Australia

About the Series

A History of the Highland Clearances

The volumes in this series draw the Highlands into the wider debate about the process of agrarian transformation and the consequeces of industrialisation through an exploration and examination of the early nineteenth century clearances.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain