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The Highland Clearances Paperback – 29 Aug 2000

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; Reprinted edition edition (29 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841580406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841580401
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,447,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Richards is a fluent, lucid writer. --The Herald

Required reading ... not to be missed for its fearless and comprehensive grasp of the past and its relevance for today. --Ileach

An informative account devoid of the bias that has clouded the subject. --Scottish Field --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Eric Richards is Professor of History at Flinders University, Australia and previously taught at Stirling University, Scotland. His published work includes an acclaimed biography of Patrick Sellar, which was awarded the prize for Scottish History Book of the Year (1999) by the Saltire Society. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Despite the passing of a couple of centuries, the Highland Clearances is still an emotive subject guaranteed to raise the hackles of anybody who knows anything about it, highlanders and southerners alike. The story is simple and well known: how evil and greedy landlords forcefully evicted thousands of poor working folk from their homes to make way for more profitable sheep farms, often accompanied by violence, extreme hardship and even death, especially at the hands of cruel Patrick Sellar, a sub-factor in Sutherland.

Having read several excellent books and knowing the area of Sutherland, I knew the story pretty well. Or so I thought until I was lent a copy of Richards' excellent book! Of those I have come across, this is the first to get under the skin of the subject, to go beyond the emotional melodrama and anger that naturally informs most writing on the Clearances. Richards presents us with a lengthy and well balanced insight into the origins of, and reasons for, the decisions taken by Highland landlords in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is a story far more complex than the simple tale of woe outlined above.

Whilst never shying from acknowledged social implications of these events, Richards strips away the accumulated mythology to present and assess hard facts of what actually happened across the whole of the Highlands. He shows there were many types of removals other than the oft remembered violence encountered in Strathnaver and the lot of highland folk was far from cosy: the hills were overcrowded and unprofitable, famine and disease a constant accompaniment to subsistence living. Clearly there were rogues, but some benevolent landlords actively sought to support these people, either by improving their conditions or by assisting them to relocate.
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Great book, in depth research revealing thoughtful perspective on the Clearances which led to Diaspora around the world, reducing the potential Scottish population to only 5 million today. A sad read, as it always is when indigenous people are kicked off their land.
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A good introduction to the Highland clearances
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Appears to be a great unbiased view, and covers the subject broadly, unlike some that appear to concentrate on one area of the clearances, and with possibly a prejudiced view.
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