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  • The Scottish Clearances

  • A History of the Dispossessed, 1600-1900
  • By: T.M. Devine
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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The Scottish Clearances

By: T.M. Devine
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
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Summary

Eighteenth-century Scotland is famed for generating many of the enlightened ideas which helped to shape the modern world. But there was in the same period another side to the history of the nation. Many of Scotland's people were subjected to coercive and sometimes violent change, as traditional ways of life were overturned by the "rational" exploitation of land use. The Scottish Clearances is a superb and highly original account of this sometimes terrible process, which changed the Lowland countryside forever, as it also did, more infamously, the old society of the Highlands.

This pioneering book is the first to chart this tumultuous saga in one volume, with due attention to evictions and loss of land in both north and south of the Highland line. In the process, old myths are exploded and familiar assumptions undermined. With many fascinating details and the sense of an epic human story, The Scottish Clearances is an evocative memorial to all whose lives were irreparably changed in the interests of economic efficiency. 

This is a story of forced clearance, of the destruction of entire communities and of large-scale emigration. Some winners were able to adapt and exploit the new opportunities, but there were also others who lost everything. The clearances created the landscape of Scotland today, but it came at a huge price.

©2018 T.M. Devine (P)2021 Tantor
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An essential read

An outsider of Scotland will be confused by the response if they try and repeat some of the place names to native Scots as pronounced in this very good and important book. Some of the Gàidhlig is horrible also. A wee bit of research by the reader wouldn't have gone a miss.

Don't let this put you of. This is one of the most important and necessary books about Scots and our Scottish history ever to have been written.

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Narrator butchers anything Scottish

Listening to the narrator attempting anything remotely Gaelic is like nails on a chalkboard, had to give up.

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  • 19-02-22

Great Scottish narrator

This is a great study of a little known area of Scottish history. Everyone knows of the Highland Clearances but not that it also happened in the less romantically revered lowlands. Ruth Urquhart is a great narrator ( and a native Scot) This is a beautifully narrated and very interesting title.

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