The Scottish Enlightenment and Scottish independence

Smith, C. (2013) The Scottish Enlightenment and Scottish independence. Economic Affairs, 33(3), pp. 334-347. (doi: 10.1111/ecaf.12041)

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As the 2014 referendum on whether Scotland should become an independent country approaches, there is increasing debate about the nature and advantages of the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. This paper seeks to examine the views on the Union between Scotland and England that are found in the writings of the main figures of the eighteenth century Scottish Enlightenment. It examines the arguments that Scotland's most famous social and political thinkers, such as David Hume and Adam Smith, put forward in favour of union with England and uses them to inform the contemporary debate.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Professor Craig
Authors: Smith, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Economic Affairs
ISSN (Online):1468-0270

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