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A term generally used to refer to episodes of depopulation caused by a landlord or other authority turning communities off the land by incentive, coercion, or force. In Britain the Highland Clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries ad had a tremendous impact on the rural economy and the structure of the Scottish landscape, as sheep replaced people.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Archaeology.


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