Scottish Enlightenment and the Militia Issue.

By: Robertson, John.

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Hardback in Very Good condition, complete with dustwrapper, also in Very Good condition. In a clear archival dustwrapper. First edition, with pp272. The question of military organization was a major interest of the leading thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment, including David Hume, Adam Ferguson and Adam Smith, and they were implicitly critical of common assumptions about the value of Scotland's martial heritage and the character of post-Union Scottish politics. This study pursues the story of the militia issue and its intellectual significance from its introduction into political debate before the Union by Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun. Focusing in turn on the challenge of Andrew Fletcher and the response he provoked, on the renewed intellectual consideration of the issue in mid-century by David Hume, on the Moderate group of literati and the successive agitations for a Scottish militia which they inspired, and finally on the place of the militia in the social philosophies of Adam Ferguson and Adam Smith, the book demonstrates the extent to which the themes of Scottish political debate were absorbed and generalized in the thought of the Enlightenment. It also argues that the philosophy of the Enlightenment not only was a reflection of Scottish social experience but also yielded critical and enduring lessons for Scottish political life.

Title: Scottish Enlightenment and the Militia Issue.

Author Name: Robertson, John.

Categories: Scottish History, Scottish Theology,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: John Donald: 1985

ISBN Number: 0859761096

ISBN Number 13: 9780859761093

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: Fine

Type: Book

Seller ID: 006107

Keywords: Scotland, Scottish Enlightenment, Scottish History, History,