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The New Coastal History

Cultural and Environmental Perspectives from Scotland and Beyond

  • David Worthington


  • Explores the emergence of the ‘New Coastal History’, focusing on the experiences of coastal communities as distinct to those of landlocked or maritime settings

  • Interdisciplinary, bringing together a range of approaches, including environmental, cultural and political perspectives

  • Takes Scotland as a focus for study, while looking outwards to broader debates within coastal history and comparing coastal communities around the world


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Concepts in Coastal History From Scotland and Beyond

  3. Coasts Beyond Scotland: Transcending Local and Global Perspectives

  4. Coastscapes of The Scottish Highlands and Islands

  5. Firths and Other Scottish Coasts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Lizanne Henderson
      Pages 233-249

About this book


This book provides a pathway for the New Coastal History. Our littorals are all too often the setting for climate change and the political, refugee and migration crises that blight our age. Yet historians have continued, in large part, to ignore the space between the sea and the land. Through a range of conceptual and thematic chapters, this book remedies that. Scotland, a country where one is never more than fifty miles from saltwater, provides a platform as regards the majority of chapters, in accounting for and supporting the clusters of scholarship that have begun to gather around the coast. The book presents a new approach that is distinct from both terrestrial and maritime history, and which helps brings environmental history to the shore. Its cross-disciplinary perspectives will be of appeal to scholars and students in those fields, as well as in the environmental humanities, coastal archaeology, human geography and anthropology. 


Littoral Maritime Climate change Population growth Environmental Cultural Leisure Resource management Scotland Comparative history

Editors and affiliations

  • David Worthington
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for HistoryUniversity of the Highlands and IslandsDornochUnited Kingdom

About the editors

David Worthington is Reader in History and Head of the Centre for History at the University of the Highlands and Islands, UK. He is author of British and Irish Experiences and Impressions of Central Europe, 1560-1688 (2012) and Scots in Habsburg Service, 1618-1648 (2003), and editor of British and Irish Emigrants and Exiles in Europe, 1603-1688 (2009).  More recently, he has published numerous articles on the coastal history of the north of Scotland. 

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