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Social Change in the Age of Enlightenment: Edinburgh 1660–1760

R. A. Houston


Eighteenth-century Edinburgh was the cradle of the Scottish Enlightenment. The lives and ideas of its prominent figures have received extensive treatment, but little attention has been paid to the society that produced them. In this study of Edinburgh over a century of social change, the author offers an analysis of the ways in which urban life was transformed. Chapters on social relationships, the use of space, the place of the poor in Scotland's capital, religious values and attitudes to urban living, riot and popular protest, and developments in political economy build up to a powerful argu ... More

Keywords: eighteenth-century Edinburgh, Scottish Enlightenment, social change, attitudes, values

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198204381
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204381.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. A. Houston, author
University of St Andrews
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