T. M. Devine
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Patterns of popular resistance and the Crofters’ War, 1790–1886
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To many contemporary observers and some later historians, one of the most perplexing and puzzling questions of the Highland clearances was the failure of the people to show more active resistance to landlord policies. The economic transformation had caused social havoc, enormous displacement of populations and the destruction of an ancient way of life, yet, the people had apparently remained quiet and accepted their fate. It became common to contrast the violent truculence of the Irish and their bitter struggle against an alien landlord class with the passive stoicism of the Scottish Gaels. It is also interesting to note that virtually all the famous incidents of the Crofters' War were the results of the initiative of the local population rather than responses to landlord action as had been the pattern in the past.

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Clanship to crofters’ war

The social transformation of the Scottish Highlands


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