Celtic Geographies: Landscapes, Culture and Identity by David Harvey

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At the same time, it was also used to provide the colonisers with a means of encouraging settlement of acquired lands (by Norman, English, French and Flemish people), thereby marginalising the position of the Welsh and Irish even further. The Norman lords who initiated the colonisation of Wales by outside groups (from the 1060s onwards) did so a hundred years before their successors (of English, Norman and Welsh descent) began to colonise large parts of southern and eastern Ireland (from the 1170s onwards) (see Bartlett 1993; Chibnall 1986).

Kent, on the other hand, examines the appropriation of Celtic motifs and symbols in British youth culture, particularly as part of the surfing sub-culture. 16 T I M I N G A N D S PA C I N G C E LT I C G E O G R A P H I E S 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 31111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 4111 The volume concludes with an epilogue, which draws on Robb’s personal experiences of Celticity. It offers a broad-ranging and rich discussion of the spatialities and historiographies of Celticity, and as such acts as a befitting conclusion to the volume.

Thus far, however, it is too early to make such a claim. Our current understanding of the varying and conflicting manifestations of protest is still under-developed for any one region, and is certainly too fragile to bear the weight of comparison. Therefore, this chapter does not seek to establish a common basis to a Celtic protest through the notion of an ideologically derived view of land and land holding. Rather, the intention is to make problematic our understanding of the belief in rights to land in just one Celtic region – the Scottish Highlands – in order to begin the process of moving towards a more meaningful comparison.

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