The Flowering of Scotland

David Torrance examines a pioneering article, first published in History Today in 1990, which argued that the Scottish Enlightenment was not restricted to Edinburgh but was a genuinely national phenomenon.

How the piece appeared in History Today in 1990. Click on image to readRoy Campbell’s essay, Scotland’s Neglected Enlightenment, was timely in that, just months after it appeared in History Today, the University of Strathclyde convened a memorable conference on ‘Glasgow and the Enlightenment’. From it emerged an important book, The Glasgow Enlightenment, by Richard B. Sher and Andrew Hook, which acknowledged Campbell’s essay as one of the first studies of the city’s intellectual importance.

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