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The Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution Anna Plassart (Christ Church, Oxford)

The Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution By Anna Plassart (Christ Church, Oxford)

The Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution by Anna Plassart (Christ Church, Oxford)


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This book recovers the Scottish Enlightenment's forgotten commentary on the French Revolution. It argues that this commentary is both a major intellectual discussion in its own right and essential to our understanding of how Enlightenment philosophy and the heritage of Adam Smith were reinterpreted for post-revolutionary Europe.

The Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution Summary

The Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution by Anna Plassart (Christ Church, Oxford)

Historians of ideas have traditionally discussed the significance of the French Revolution through the prism of several major interpretations, including the commentaries of Burke, Tocqueville and Marx. This book argues that the Scottish Enlightenment offered an alternative and equally powerful interpretative framework for the Revolution, which focused on the transformation of the polite, civilised moeurs that had defined the 'modernity' analysed by Hume and Smith in the eighteenth century. The Scots observed what they understood as a military- and democracy-led transformation of European modern morals and concluded that the real historical significance of the Revolution lay in the transformation of warfare, national feelings and relations between states, war and commerce that characterised the post-revolutionary international order. This book recovers the Scottish philosophers' powerful discussion of the nature of post-revolutionary modernity and shows that it is essential to our understanding of nineteenth-century political thought.

About Anna Plassart (Christ Church, Oxford)

Anna Plassart is a Junior Research Fellow in Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Burke-Paine Debate and Scotland's Science of Man: 1. The Burke-Paine debate and the Scottish Enlightenment; 2. The heritage of Hume and Smith: Scotland's science of man and politics; Part II. The 1790s: 3. Scotland's political debate; 4. James Mackintosh and Scottish philosophical history; 5. John Millar and the Scottish discussion on war, modern sociability and national sentiment; 6. Adam Ferguson on democracy and empire; Part III. 1802-15: 7. The French Revolution and the Edinburgh Review; 8. Commerce, war and empire; Conclusion.

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NLS9781107464568
9781107464568
1107464560
The Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution by Anna Plassart (Christ Church, Oxford)
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2019-11-28
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