By Murray Pittock
But for all this, Culloden is a conflict with nice importance in British historical past. It used to be the final pitched conflict at the soil of the British Isles to be fought with ordinary troops on either side. It got here to face for the ultimate defeat of the Jacobite reason. And it used to be the final family contestation of the Act of Union of 1707, the solution of which propelled nice Britain to be the dominant international strength for the following one hundred fifty years.
If the conflict itself used to be brief, its aftermath was once brutal - with the depredations of the Duke of Cumberland via a crusade to suppress the extended family process and the Highland lifestyle. And its afterlife within the centuries considering the fact that has been a desirable one, pitting British Whig triumphalism opposed to a turning out to be romantic memorialization of the Jacobite cause.
On either side there has lengthy been a bent to treat the conflict as a dramatic conflict, among Highlander and Lowlander, Celt and Saxon, Catholic and Protestant, the outdated and the recent. but, as this account of the conflict and its lengthy cultural afterlife indicates, whereas viewing Culloden in the sort of manner may be rhetorically compelling, it's not unavoidably solid history.
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