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Set Adrift Upon the World
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ISBN:
9781780273549
Categories
History, New Releases, Social History
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
01 September 2016
Format
Paperback (also available as an ebook)
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
612
Illustrations
8pp colour plates

Set Adrift Upon the World

The Sutherland Clearances
by James Hunter - Find out more about the author

 

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WINNER OF THE SALTIRE SOCIETY HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016

‘[Hunter’s] scholarship is breathtaking’ – Herald

‘a moving, gripping, definitive account of a struggle for survival’ – Scots Magazine

'Hunter argues that the clearances were not an inevitable consequence of progress, but the result of a brutal class struggle. His retelling of the anti-eviction protests, courtroom struggles and physical confrontations is both inspiring and saddening. It reminds us that to survive the Anthropocene, people will have to fight against those who look at the land and see only profits’ – Martin Empson, Socialist Review

They would be better dead, they said, than set adrift upon the world. But set adrift they were – thousands of them, their communities destroyed, their homes demolished and burned. Such were the Sutherland Clearances, an extraordinary episode involving the deliberate depopulation of much of a Scottish county during the early part of the 19th century.

In this book James Hunter tells the story of the Sutherland Clearances. His research took him to archives in Scotland, England and Canada, to the now deserted straths of Sutherland, to the frozen shores of Hudson Bay. The result is a gripping, moving, definitive account of a people’s struggle for survival in the face of tragedy and disaster which includes experiences which have not featured in any previous account.

James Hunter is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Highlands and Islands and was its first Director of the Centre for History. The author of eleven books about the Highlands and Islands, he has also been active in the public life of the area for many years.






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