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Title: The geography of crofting in Scotland
Author: Coull, James R.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1962
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This thesis seeks to establish the relationship between the crofting way of life and and its environment, and to account for its distribution and the areal differences found within it. The principal environmental factors at work - now and in the past - are seen as scarcity of the resources and remeteneces. The township from of settlement - a type of the agricultural village is taken as the main criterion of "crofting". It has been considered necessary to investigate the origins and development of the various elements in crofting, and Part I discusses the evolution of the way of life with special emphasis on traditional component of long standing which have continued into modern times. The acceleration of change in modern times is also discussed. Part II takes on assessment of the morden situation. This includes the manner in which activities and occupations - mainly within its region but also without - impinge on crofting. A chapter is also devoted to agriculture to show both the survival of traditional ways on the land and the function of the crofts in production; and a special chapter is also devoted to common grazings, on which are seen the main survival of communal effort within the township. In part III are analysed six areas which have been chosen to show the maximum amplitude of variation found within crofting communities. A multiplicity of criteria has been employed in their selection, including the economic viability of their crofting systems, their degree of isolation and different survivals from the past.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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