The grandeur of Edinburgh. Knowledge and identitary modilization in the XVIIIth century
Van Damme, Stephane (2008) The grandeur of Edinburgh. Knowledge and identitary modilization in the XVIIIth century. Revue d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, Volume 55 (Number 2). pp. 152-181. ISSN 0048-8003Full text not available from this repository.
To what extent could Edinburgh be considered as a world-city during the Enlightenment from the intellectual point of view? How could knowledge build an urban centrality? Since the 1970s, research in urban history, in history of science or Enlightenment studies had underlined the dynamism of the Scottish centre. After the union of I 707,Edinburgh lost his status of political capital city of Scotland, but gained those of intellectual capital. This article explores how the transfer could have worked by the development of facilities, by the recognition of university excellence and by the multiplication of places of sociability. The transformation from a provincial pole in Britain to a centre of knowledge could lay on the mobilization of scholars and knowledge at a world-wide scale, by encouraging the inability and the participation of Scottish diasporas. The city aimed to become a point of passage in the constitution of a national cause. By studying the intellectual milieu and the learned practices involved in this claims, one seeks to clarify the stakes of the interpenetration between international recognition and localism.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Alternative Title:||La grandeur d’Édimbourg. Savoirs et mobilisation identitaire au XVIIIe siècle|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Q Science > Q Science (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Enlightenment -- Scotland -- Edinburgh -- History -- 18th century, Scotland -- Edinburgh -- Social conditions -- 18th century, Social networks -- Scotland -- Edinburgh -- History -- 18th century, Science -- Social aspects -- Scotland -- Edinburgh -- History -- 18th century, Scotland -- Edinburgh -- Intellectual life -- 18th century|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Revue d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine|
|Official Date:||April 2008|
|Number of Pages:||30|
|Page Range:||pp. 152-181|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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