THE GREAT HIGHLAND FAMINE: Hunger, Emigration and the Scottish Highlands in the Nineteenth Century - The Great Hunger in nineteenth-century Ireland was a major human tragedy of modern times. Almost a million perished and a further two million emigrated in the wake of potato blight and economic collapse. At the same time acute famine also gripped the Scottish Highlands at the same time, causing misery, hardship and distress. The story of that lesser known human disaster is told in this prize-winning and internationally acclaimed book.
The author provides an unusually detailed account of the classic themes of Highland and Scottish history, including landlordism, crofting life, emigration and migration. The volume is based on a vast array of government, landlord, legal and census papers through which the origin and impact of the potato famine are examined. The range of sources consulted and the application of modern historical techniques to them permit a more subtle and intricate reconstruction of highland history than has been attempted hitherto.
Condition: Fair (clean inside, cover a bit worn) - Author: Tom Devine - Publisher: John Donald - Pages: 349 - Paperback