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Translating the EnlightenmentScottish Civic Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Germany$
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Fania Oz-Salzberger

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.001.0001

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The Significance of Scotland in Germany

The Significance of Scotland in Germany

(p.57) 2 The Significance of Scotland in Germany
Translating the Enlightenment

Fania Oz-salzberger

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the impact and influence of the Scottish Enlightenment on the German Aufklärung. Scottish works formed an important segment of the general influx of British books into Germany and one of the first beneficiaries of the accelerated speed of English–German translation in the second half of the 18th century was David Hume. The reception of Scottish books peaked from the mid-1760s through the 1770s with prompt translations of Adam Ferguson's works, Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, and John Millar's Observations Concerning the Origins and Distinction of Ranks in Society.

Keywords:   Scottish Enlightenment, British books, translation, Adam Ferguson, Adam Smith, John Millar, Wealth of Nations

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