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Introduction

Karen J. Cullen

in Famine in Scotland - the 'Ill Years' of the 1690s

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638871
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653508 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638871.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the famine of the 1690s in Scotland. It comments on how scholarly accounts of the famine are so limited in their scope that there is no single volume devoted to an examination of this momentous event. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to produce a broader analysis of the famine at a national level, to challenge the debate about the timing and severity of the crisis, and to provide a fuller account of the famine than is currently available. The chronology of the crisis is mapped out through a series of themes to establish the meteorological, agricultural, economic and demographic boundaries of the famine. A secondary aim is to provide a comparative context in which to understand the Scottish experience of famine in the 1690s. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: famines; Scotland; 1690s

Chapter.  4590 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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