The Making of the Crofting Community has attracted praise, inspired debate and provoked controversy ever since its first publication.
Written by James Hunter, award-winning historian and a leading figure in the public life of the region, it is the classic account of the events which have shaped the modern Highlands and the injustices that have been inflicted on its people in the name of government and landlord.
The preface and postscript to this edition explains why the book was written, touch on the controversy it generated, and links its themes with the continuing struggle for radical land reform.
James Hunter is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Highlands and Islands and was its first Director of the Centre for History. The author of twelve books about the Highlands and Islands, he has also been active in the public life of the area. In the mid-1980s, he became the first director of the Scottish Crofters Union, and between 1998 and 2004 he was chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the north of Scotland’s development agency.