The First Scottish Enlightenment: Rebels, Priests, and History (Hardcover)

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The First Scottish Enlightenment: Rebels, Priests, and History (Hardcover)

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Traditional accounts of the Scottish Enlightenment present the half-century or so before 1750 as, at best, a not-yet fully realised precursor to the era of Hume and Smith, at worst, a period of superstition and religious bigotry. This is the first book-length study to systematically challenge that notion. Instead, it argues that the era between approximately 1680 and 1745 was a 'First' Scottish Enlightenment, part of the continent-wide phenomenon of early Enlightenment and led by the Jacobites, Episcopalians, and Catholics of north-eastern Scotland. It makes this argument through an intensive study of the dramatic changes in historiographical practice which took place in Scotland during this era, showing how the documentary scholarship of Jean Mabillon and the Maurists was eagerly received and rapidly developed in Scottish historical circles, resulting in the wholesale demolition of the older, Humanist myths of Scottish origins and their replacement with the foundations of our
modern understanding of early Scottish history.

This volume accordingly challenges many of the truisms surrounding seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Scottish history, pushing back against notions of pre-Enlightenment Scotland as backward, insular, and intellectually impoverished and mapping a richly polymathic, erudite, and transnational web of scholars, readers, and polemicists. It highlights the enduring cultural links with France and argues for the central importance of Scotland's two principal religious minorities--Episcopalians and Catholics--in the growth of Enlightenment thinking. As such, it makes a major intervention in the intellectual and cultural histories of Scotland, early modern Europe, and the Enlightenment itself.
Kelsey Jackson-Williams, Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, University of Stirling Kelsey Jackson Williams is Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Stirling and his research focuses on the intellectual, cultural, and material histories of Scotland, England, and continental Northern Europe. He was educated at Balliol College, University of Oxford, and held posts at Jesus College, University of Oxford, and the University of St Andrews before taking up his present lectureship.
Product Details ISBN: 9780198809692
ISBN-10: 0198809697
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
Pages: 368
Language: English