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This conclusion presents a few closing remarks on the key concepts discussed in the book. The Highlands, many historians were content to assume, existed in introverted isolation, controlled by a quaint patchwork of petty chieftains and displaying at best intermittent interest in, and engagement with, the outside world. Little attempt has been made to re-examine the Restoration Highlands in light of this newer thinking. The book attempts to correct that oversight. The 'imperial' model views state formation as an essentially aggressive and expansionist process directed by central governments. The 'collaborative' model stands in opposition to 'imperial' readings. The Highland experience under Charles II and James VII displays features from both schools. Some markers of an 'imperial' relationship can be discerned, the most obvious being the perception of Highlanders and the Highlands. Moreover, the ostensibly 'imperial' relationship between central government and local communities was mitigated by a pattern of magisterialism.

Keywords: Charles II; imperial model; James VII; magisterialism; Restoration Highlands



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