Culture, Politics And Society In The Highland Clearances HIST5006

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Course Aims

This course will seek to avoid conventional approaches to the Highland Clearances. Instead, the focus will be upon ideologies: the intellectual, cultural and religious systems of belief which, we shall argue, were vital in shaping the process of political and economic change in the Scottish Highlands between 1745 and 1886. The major themes will be the changing identity of the Highland elite; the inherited value-system of society as a whole, particularly kinship, conservatism and the attitude to the land; Gaels and Gaelic in the Lowlands; external cultural and racial perceptions of the Highlands; the role of religion, particularly evangelicalism, both as panacea and as providing the basis of an ideology of liberation; official attitudes to the Gaelic language and to Highland education, and ideas of popular 'passivity' and resistance.


ten 2-hours seminars

Main Assessment In: March