Kilda and the Wider World: Tales of an Iconic Island
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.
on the Edge of the World: Story of St.Kilda (Canongate Classics
A part of Britain but a world apart, St Kilda society existed
almost completely isolated from the mainstream of civilization
for more than 1000 years. Increased contact with the mainland
during the 19th century brought about the downfall of what many
once regarded as an ideal society.
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