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St. Kilda and the Wider World: Tales of an Iconic Island

Fleming, Andrew

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ISBN 10: 1905119003 / ISBN 13: 9781905119004
Published by Windgather Press, Cheshire, England, 2005
Used Condition: Good Soft cover
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Edition not stated. Probable first. 8vo. Trade paperback format. 225 pages. Illustrated with photographs, maps. diagrams. Notes. Bibliography. Index. No signs of previous ownership. Not a library discard. Spine not creased. Moderate handling wear noted to covers. A sound copy in good or better condition. The contents consist of "Prologue: Reopening the Inquest," "The Qualities of the Isle," "Men of Stone," "The Interdependence of Islands," "A Study in Cultural Competence," "The Social Psychology of the St. Kildans," "A Man with a Mission," "From MacLeod's Prison to Fool's Paradise," "Tales of the Expected" and "In Conclusion: The Cunning of the St. Kildans." Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001028

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Title: St. Kilda and the Wider World: Tales of an ...

Publisher: Windgather Press, Cheshire, England

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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St Kilda, now a World Heritage Site and once home to the most remote community in Britain, has long been seen as a place of tragedy. Sepia images of intrepid seabird hunters and the abandoned village street have been used to evoke a heroic, ultimately doomed 'struggle for existence'on the edge of the Atlantic, a struggle that ended with the evacuation of 1930. This book, the first general account for thirty years, reconsiders the islanders' story and presents a radical new interpretation. Adnrew Fleming argues that this tale of inevitability doesn't do the St Kildans justice. They have often been regarded as exotic, but as the photographs of ordinary children in the book show, they were not so very different from other Hebrideans. The archipelago was settled by a hard-working, viable community well before 2000 BC; in prehistoric and Norse times, St Kilda may in fact have played a pivotal role in the region. Well into the Victorian period St Kilda was a well-organised, economically diversified and culturally rich community, which dealt effectively with outsiders and won their sympathy. Indeed the St Kildans themselves colluded with the wider world to create the iconic island of today. Andrew Fleming retells a fascinating tale and reveals a wealth of new archaeological discoveries into the bargain. This is an essential book for all those fascinated by the realities of island life.

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Andrew Fleming is a prehistorian and landscape archaeologist. His book The Dartmoor Reaves won the book prize at the British Archaeology Awards.

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