Social Change in the Age of the Enlightenment: Edinburgh, 1660-1760

Social Change in the Age of the Enlightenment: Edinburgh, 1660-1760

by Rab A. Houston
     
 

This comprehensive study of Edinburgh during a century of social transformation offers unparalleled detail on the ways in which urban life was transformed. Chapters on social relationships, the use of space, the place of the poor, religious values, riot and popular protest, and political economy build up to a powerful argument about social change. Houston's broader

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This comprehensive study of Edinburgh during a century of social transformation offers unparalleled detail on the ways in which urban life was transformed. Chapters on social relationships, the use of space, the place of the poor, religious values, riot and popular protest, and political economy build up to a powerful argument about social change. Houston's broader contribution is to explain how changes in social attitudes and values took root in a century that witnessed dramatic political, economic, and intellectual developments.

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From the Publisher
"Houston's thickly detailed study of Edinburgh life between the Restoration and George III makes an argument for viewing the changes that occurred in an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary framework."—Choice

"Houston offers intellectual historians the fullest and clearest picture to date of the urban context, the social space in which new ideas and impulses, enlightened and otherwise, were lived and taken up. Informed by modern theory, lucidly written, and founded upon a large body of archival research, this is state-of-the-art urban and social history."—Albion

"It's wealth of material and patient scholarship are useful not only to historians of Scotland, but to anyone interested in the modern urban world"—Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198204381
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/02/1995
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.27(d)

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University of St Andrews

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