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Protest and Resistance during the Clearances

Eric Richards

in Debating the Highland Clearances

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748621828
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672141 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621828.003.0004
Protest and Resistance during the Clearances

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The Highlanders were often thought of as victims of their own passivity and restraint during the Highland Clearances: broken by the impact of Culloden, they withdrew into a pathetic stoicism and met their fate without resistance or even volition. They were cowed into submission, led by their ministers who preached cooperation and compliance. The Highlanders turned inward upon themselves and made no resistance to their eviction. The actual record is at variance with the myth.

Keywords: Resistance; Passivity; Ministers; Leaders

Chapter.  7249 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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