Governing Gaeldom: The Scottish Highlands and the Restoration State, 1660-1688

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    Conventional accounts of the Scottish Highlands tend to assume that they remained detached from the mainstream of British affairs until well into the eighteenth century. In Governing Gaeldom, Allan Kennedy challenges this perception through detailed analysis of the relationship between the Highlands and the Scottish state during the reigns of Charles II and James VII & II. Drawing upon a wide range of sources, Kennedy traces the political, social, ecclesiastical and economic linkages between centre and periphery, demonstrating that the Highlands were much more tightly integrated than hitherto assumed. At the same time, he reconstructs the development of Highland policy, placing it within its proper context of the absolutist pretensions of the late-Stuart monarchy. The result is a thorough reinterpretation which offers fresh insights into the process of state-formation in early-modern Britain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLeiden
    PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
    Number of pages320
    ISBN (Electronic)9789004269255
    ISBN (Print)9789004248373
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Publication series

    NameNorthern World


    • Highlands
    • Scotland
    • British state formation
    • centre-periphery interaction in early-modern Europe


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