The Great Hunger in nineteenth-century Ireland was one of the great human tragedies of modern times. Almost a million perished and further two million emigrated in the wake of potato blight and economic collapse. At the same time, acute famine also gripped the Scottish Highlands and caused misery, hardship and distress there. The story of that lesser known human disaster is told in this book.
Professor Tom Devine, Obe, Fba Was Educated At Strathclyde University, Glasgow Where He Graduated With First Class Honours In History In 1968 Followed By A Phd And D.litt. He Rose Through The Academic Ranks From Assistant Lecturer To Deputy Principal Of The University In 1992. In 1998 He Accepted The Directorship Of The Centre For Irish And Scottish Studies At Aberdeen, Where He Is Also Glucksman Professor Of Irish & Scottish Studies. In Early 2006, He Assumed The Sir William Fraser Chair Of Scottish History At The University Of Edinburgh, Widely Acknowledged To Be The World's Premier Chair Of Scottish History. In A Unique Arrangement He Will Also Continue To Hold His Aberdeen University Professorship. He Is The Author Or Editor Of Some Two Dozen Books Including International Best Seller The Scottish Nation (1999).