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The Western Highlands and islands in context 1493-1815; chiefs, kinsmen and territories; the nature of the chiefly economy; patterns of chiefly display and behaviour; from chiefs to landlords; farming townships and the institutional context of farming; the township economy; the farming township and its agro-ecological strategies and constraints; the Western Highlands and islands on the eve of change.

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Robert Dodgshon is professor of human geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Substantial and scholarly work ... splendidly fills a major gap in the economic history and historical geography of Highland Scotland. By any standards this is an impressive and important work characterised by meticulous archival research, a heartening willingness to constantly slaughter sacred cows and, above all, ambition... The author takes us closer to the practical and, above all, non-romanticised aspects of clanship than any other previous commentator. This achievement alone means that anyone seriously wishing to understand the early modern Scottish Highlands must read From Chiefs to Landlords [This book] represents a substantial advance and is especially welcome!a great amount of detailed evidence has been amassed, sifted and critically interpreted. One of the features of the book in addition to its comprehensive and detailed rerencing, is its variety of maps and tables giving concrete illustration and quantification. Substantial and scholarly work ... splendidly fills a major gap in the economic history and historical geography of Highland Scotland. By any standards this is an impressive and important work characterised by meticulous archival research, a heartening willingness to constantly slaughter sacred cows and, above all, ambition... The author takes us closer to the practical and, above all, non-romanticised aspects of clanship than any other previous commentator. This achievement alone means that anyone seriously wishing to understand the early modern Scottish Highlands must read From Chiefs to Landlords [This book] represents a substantial advance and is especially welcome!a great amount of detailed evidence has been amassed, sifted and critically interpreted. One of the features of the book in addition to its comprehensive and detailed rerencing, is its variety of maps and tables giving concrete illustration and quantification.

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