Commerce, Civilisation, War, and the Highlands

Andrew Lincoln

in Walter Scott and Modernity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780748626069
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651870 | DOI:
Commerce, Civilisation, War, and the Highlands

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This chapter discusses Scott's history that is far from the world of global communications and globalised markets, but which still focuses on issues such as commerce, commercial development and capitalism. The first section takes a look at the novel Rob Roy, which presents a recent and modern history of highland dispossession and popular resistance to foreign imperial power. It is followed by a section on A Legend of the Wars of Montrose, where the assumption that modern warfare is, or could be, governed by ‘civilised’ norms of conduct is looked at. The chapter also examines highland violence and the mercenary.

Keywords: highland dispossession; popular resistance; foreign imperial power; modern warfare; norms of conduct; highland violence; mercenary; commerce; commercial development; capitalism

Chapter.  13288 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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