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Wild Scots: Four Hundred Years of Highland History

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From the author of How the Scots Made America, this is a definitive history of the Highlands, ranging from the depths of bloody clan warfare to the heights of Gaelic poetry. "This formidable, superb, spectacularly audacious history of the Highlands," wrote The Times, focuses squarely on its people. Michael Fry traces the ironies of their fate as emigration, forced clearanc

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Hardcover, 378 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by John Murray Publishers
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Julia
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
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I found this book to be informative, but generally tired of his editorial comments that seemed to favor the lairds over the commoners. His mission seemed to be to debunk "myths" of clearances and poor treatment of the landed class. Instead, he favors the concept that the wealthy were gentle patriarchs and matriarchs watching over their people. I don't doubt that all nationalist history tends toward the hyperbole and simplistic accounts of the past, but his cynicism is a bit over the top. Overall ...more
Charity
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Scotland lovers, Gaelic Enthusiasts, and avid history readers
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Wild Scots: Four Hundred Years of Highland History | by Michael Fry

I absolutely LOVE Scotland: the history, people, culture, language (Scottish-Gaelic), the land, the food, the smells, even the air! It is an absolutely beautiful and vibrant country, and it is my dream to travel there someday.

This book captures, essentially, the heart of Scotland. It is a captivating and controversial history of the Highlands that focuses mainly on the people of Scotland.

Random note: The first chapter is called
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Eric
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
A slightly different interest than my current main project, but it was a great sociological look at the experience of the Highlanders in relation to the non-highlanders over the past 800 years. I can recomment it to anyone with an interest in the history of Scotland and the Scots.
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Michael Fry was educated at the universities of Oxford and Hamburg. He is the author of The Scottish Empire (2001), How the Scots Made America (2003) and Wild Scots: Four Hundred Years of Highland History (2005). He has also written numerous articles on modern Scottish history and several political pamphlets.
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