Failte gu Fuadach nan Gaidhealt na h-Alba

Failte gu Fuadach nan Gaidhealt na h-Alba.
The Highland Clearances were a devestating part of the history of Scotland. For many it changed not only their way of life but also shaped the rural future of Scotland. Many villagers suffered at the hands of their landlords and tackmen and fought a desperate struggle to find a new life. Others managed to propser in a new life that never saw them return to Scotland again. Here is a resource that supports the documentation and historical value of this important area of Scottish history. You can follow in the footsteps of these villagers and find detailed descriptions and locations of the remains of some of the villages and townships through site descriptions, photographs and suggestions for further reading and links to follow.




Monday, 12 March 2012

Empire: Making ourselves at home overseas

The BBC are currently airing a documentary series which has been developed in conjunction with the Open University. 'Empire' is a major five-part series presented by one of British television’s most distinguished broadcasters, Jeremy Paxman. Here, through different areas of development, it tells the story of the British Empire in a new way, tracing not only the rise and fall of the empire but also the complex effects of the empire on the modern world – political, technological and social – and on Britain.



In episode two, aired on sunday 11th of March in the UK, the subject looked at the development of the empire overseas and how displacement of native cultures led to the development and establishment on the new empire. There is a look at the Scots development in Canada, and although not mentioned, there is is a reference to the vast immobilisation of the Scots to help colonise new lands.

A direct link to the BBC iplayer website can be accessed by clicking on the logo below or by copying and pasting the link below.








http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01db7xc/


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