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Nationalists or Jacobites?

Murray Pittock

in The Myth of the Jacobite Clans

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748627561
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653461 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627561.003.0015
Nationalists or Jacobites?

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This chapter returns to the question of whether '45 can be said to have had ‘national’ quality. It notes that the idea that Jacobites were improvers (Mackintosh of Borlum, Lockhart), economists (John Law, Sir James Steuart), ecumenists (Alexander, Lord Forbes, George Flint), significant Enlightenment thinkers (Andrew Ramsay), or nationalists has been slow to penetrate the general historiography of the eighteenth century, despite the work of Frank McLynn, Paul Monod, Allan Macinnes, and many others. It observes that in the Jacobite era, divergent political goals are held to imply ‘backwardness’, though this is demonstrably inapplicable in many cases.

Keywords: Mackintosh of Borlum; Lockhart; John Law; Sir James Steuart; Alexander; Lord Forbes; George Flint; Enlightenment; Andrew Ramsay

Chapter.  9332 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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