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Debating the Highland Clearances$
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Eric Richards

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748621828

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621828.001.0001

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Protest and Resistance during the Clearances

Protest and Resistance during the Clearances

(p.66) Chapter 4 Protest and Resistance during the Clearances
Debating the Highland Clearances

Eric Richards

Edinburgh University Press

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

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