Tutor/Facilitator Ian Mackay
Date: on/from Wed 25 Oct 2023 to Wed 29 Nov 23
Class time: 10:00-12:00
Mary Kehoe Centre, Room 1
The agricultural revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries swept millions of people across Europe from the land to the cities, and to other continents. Yet, of all the changes which occurred, the clearances in the Highlands of Scotland still retain a special place in popular folklore and culture. Were they the result of the boundless greed of landlords, or an act of ethnic cleansing? Or was the true story very different? And how did they differ, for example, from what happened in Ireland?
In answering these and other questions, this course will wander through a range of subjects – from the history, geography, and politics of Britain and Ireland to seaweed and potatoes, language and ethnicity, economics in the Age of Enlightenment, Lachlan Macquarie, Victorian racism, agronomics, parliamentary suffrage, and the Malthus trap. And with a little story-telling and music as well.
TUTOR: Ian is not a historian but enjoys sharing the results of his research into some less well known areas of history.
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