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José Rabasa, Masayuki Sato, Edoardo Tortarolo, and Daniel Woolf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199219179.001.0001

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Scottish Historical Writing of the Enlightenment

Scottish Historical Writing of the Enlightenment

(p.497) Chapter 24 Scottish Historical Writing of the Enlightenment
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

David Allan

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Scottish historical writing in the age of the Enlightenment. Topics covered include the renewed methodological innovation, increased productivity, and expanding publication and readership that overtook Scottish historiography from the 1750s onwards; David Hume's multi-volume The History of England (1754–62); William Robertson's efforts to show a British audience how polite Scottish historiography might repudiate the blind dogmatism that had previously marked so much of Protestant scholarship; the meaning of ‘theoretical or conjectural history’; and the long-term implications of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Keywords:   historical writing, historiography, Scotland, Scottish Enlightenment, David Hume, William Robertson, theoretical history, conjectural history

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