The Survival of the Unfittest: The Highland Clearances and the End of Isolation

The Survival of the Unfittest: The Highland Clearances and the End of Isolation

The Survival of the Unfittest: The Highland Clearances and the End of Isolation

The Survival of the Unfittest: The Highland Clearances and the End of Isolation

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"Accounts of the Highland Clearances tend to confine themselves to political analysis and do not reveal the depth of suffering and ill-health that the dispossessed crofters endured. This book offers a completely new slant on the Clearances, recounting the traumatic changes they wrought in lifestyle generally and, more specifically, in health and disease patterns. Quoting extensively from first-hand sources, it examines nutrition, health and disease in the Highlands and Islands in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It also discusses the reforms in religion, land tenure, medicine and healthcare which, in the century after the Clearances, began to rectify some of the grossest injustices." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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