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The Great Highland Famine: Hunger, Emigration and the Scottish Highlands in the Nineteenth-century Paperback – 26 Sep 1997


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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: John Donald Publishers Ltd; New edition edition (26 Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859763722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859763721
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,172,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec 1998
The events in the highlands of Scotland in the mid-nineteenth century are still subject to emotive debate. The passing of the traditional way of life, linked to a changing economy, changing lifestyles and intertwined with famine, cultural aspects and clearances, has been subject to many works, most of which have been based on stories and accounts of the time, rather than detailed historical review.
Devine's work on the highland famine turns this around and embarks on a detailed scholarly analysis of the problem. It takes as its starting point the historical context, and uses detailed historical records and statistics to support or reject the many theories about the causes and effects of the circumstances of the time. Stories and accounts are then used to illustratethe conclusions reached.
This is a specialist work for those with an academic interest in the topic. It written in the scholarly style, and is thus more difficult to read than, say, John Prebble's "Highland Clearances". However, this takes nothing away from its systematic illustration of the complex series of events that others, and popular culture, have often reduced to simplistic factors.
Excellent in its coverage and essential reading for anyone with an interest in the topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Brown on 3 Sep 2007
this book is detailed, if your working on a dissertation or report this is possibly the most thorough and up to date book on the subject, however, casual bedtime reading this is not, unless your a serious bookworm or have read all the other books on the subject and still hunger for more...this is the more.
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