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Enlightened AidU.S. Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia$
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Amanda Kay McVety

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199796915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796915.001.0001

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Improving Nations

Improving Nations

(p.5) 1 Improving Nations
Enlightened Aid

Amanda Kay McVety

Oxford University Press

The contemporary idea of progress, which provided the foundation of Point Four, originated in eighteenth-century Great Britain’s commercial revolution. Natural philosophers in Scotland looked to the past and to distant geographic locales in search of answers to the question of how Britain had changed and why it was still changing. The data was organized into a coherent narrative—a history of progress, of movement—which they believed to be universally applicable. This was a history of human society, be it in London or Lima. As the eighteenth century gave way to the nineteenth, however, people in Great Britain and the United States became less certain of the universal nature of this story of improvement. The continued economic growth and technological ingenuity of post-industrial-revolution nations widened the gap between the haves and the have-nots and convinced a growing number of people that improvement was not the fate of all, but the triumphant destiny of some.

Keywords:   Scottish Enlightenment, political economy, improvement, progress

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