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Clearance and Improvement: Land, Power and People in Scotland, 1700-1900


Clearance and Improvement: Land, Power and People in Scotland, 1700-1900

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    Available in PDF Format | Clearance and Improvement: Land, Power and People in Scotland, 1700-1900.pdf | English
    T.M. Devine(Author)
Social and economic changes included an increase in production of food and raw materials, in turn sustaining the remarkable growth of towns and cities over this period. However, in the folk memory of Scotland the social and cultural costs of the revolution loom much larger: the loss of land for many thousands of families; the rise of individualism and the decline of neighborhood; the death of old rural societies which had formed Scotland's character for many generations. The drama and tragedy of Highland history during this period have attracted many authors, whereas the Lowland experience, that of the majority of Scots, hardly any. This book attempts to redress that balance, and in so doing examines why this extraordinary era, inextricably associated with failure, famine and clearance in Gaeldom, is remembered as one of 'improvements' in the Lowlands, where the folk memory of dispossession, if it ever existed, is long lost in collective amnesia. In so doing, Devine addresses an issue which goes right to the heart of the nation's past.

"The tragic experience of the Highlanders during the Clearances . . . has been well documented, while the Lowland experience has been relatively overlooked. Professor Tom Devine redresses this balance in his book, examining why both parts of Scotland responded so differently to the transformation of rural Scotland." --"Scottish Art News"

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • T.M. Devine(Author)
  • John Donald Short Run Press; Reprint edition (1 Feb. 2010)
  • English
  • 9
  • History
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  • By Borders Lynn on 22 February 2012

    Not easy to read. You need to concentrate hard if you are not academically interested. Helps to understand the pressures which made people become enslaved or transported by landowners, and how some survived to say it was worth all the pain.

  • By John Pearson on 2 June 2015

    Great, apposite subject matter, authoritatively presented, with comprehensive detail. I could have done with a shorter, summarised version.

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