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Lost in the Backwoods: Scots and the North American Wilderness

Jenni Calder


Lost in the Backwoods examines the impact of wild country and extreme conditions on the experience, imagination and identity of Scots who settled, explored, exploited and visited North America. Through a focus on Scottish experience, the book illuminates responses to extreme environments as well as extending an understanding of Scottish and British imperial history. Drawing on journals, emigrant guides, memoirs, letters, poetry and fiction, Lost in the Backwoods examines patterns of survival, defeat, adaptation and response in North America’s harshest landscapes. Most Scots who crossed the Atl ... More

Keywords: Scottish diaspora, wilderness, extreme environments, displacement, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748647392
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647392.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jenni Calder, author