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Walter Scott and Modernity$
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Andrew Lincoln

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748626069

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626069.001.0001

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Commerce, Civilisation, War, and the Highlands

Commerce, Civilisation, War, and the Highlands

Rob Roy and A Legend of the Wars of Montrose

(p.121) Chapter 5 Commerce, Civilisation, War, and the Highlands
Walter Scott and Modernity

Andrew Lincoln

Edinburgh University Press

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

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