The Significance of Scotland in Germany

Fania Oz-salzberger

in Translating the Enlightenment

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205197
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676543 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

The Significance of Scotland in Germany

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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

Chapter.  8296 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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