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


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This chapter sums up the key findings on the transmission of Scottish political ideas in Germany during the Enlightenment period. The early German reception of the works of the Scottish Enlightenment was a fruitful but short-lived encounter. Adam Ferguson's work represented a juncture at which several of the Scottish appeals converged. The reading of his works revealed the political kinship of Scotland and Germany, and the decline in the reception of his works during the last three decades of the 18th century exposed some of the cracks which were becoming increasing manifest in the complex facade of the European Enlightenment.

Keywords: Enlightenment; political ideas; Scotland; Germany; Adam Ferguson; political kinship

Chapter.  2061 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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