Making British Culture: English Readers and the Scottish Enlightenment, 1740-1830

Making British Culture: English Readers and the Scottish Enlightenment, 1740-1830

by David Allan
     
 

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Making British Culture explores an under-appreciated factor in the emergence of a recognisably British culture. Specifically, it examines the experiences of English readers between around 1707 and 1830 as they grappled, in a variety of circumstances, with the great effusion of Scottish authorship – including the hard-edged intellectual achievements of

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Making British Culture explores an under-appreciated factor in the emergence of a recognisably British culture. Specifically, it examines the experiences of English readers between around 1707 and 1830 as they grappled, in a variety of circumstances, with the great effusion of Scottish authorship – including the hard-edged intellectual achievements of David Hume, Adam Smith and William Robertson as well as the more accessible contributions of poets like Robert Burns and Walter Scott – that distinguished the age of the Enlightenment.

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"He [Allan] must be applauded for further redirecting our focus on the consumers and institutions of Enlightenment culture and, above all else, for the magisterial scale of his archival excavations, which incorporates no fewer than fifty local repositories in addition to over a dozen major research libraries."Journal of Modern History

"The object of this compelling work by a prolific and sophisticated historian of culture is to discover and uncover the 'common reader' in the eighteenth century... The analyses are subtle, complex and at times ingenious and witty." - Michael Saltman, The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135895037
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/09/2008
Series:
Routledge Studies in Cultural History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
340
File size:
589 KB

Meet the Author

David Allan is Reader in History at the University of St Andrews. His other books include Virtue, Learning and the Scottish Enlightenment: Ideas of Scholarship in Early Modern History (1993), Philosophy and Politics in Later Stuart Scotland: Neo-Stoicism, Culture and Ideology in an Age of Crisis, 1540-1690 (2000), Scotland in the Eighteenth Century: Union and Enlightenment (2002), Adam Ferguson (2006) and A Nation of Readers: The Lending Library in Georgian England (2008).

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