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Crowded with genius : the Scottish enlightenment : Edinburgh's moment of the mind

Author: James Buchan
Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In the early eighteenth century, Edinburgh was a filthy backwater synonymous with poverty and disease, and recently famous for religious persecution. When this small walled-off city surrendered to a handful of Highlanders in 1745, things had never looked bleaker. Yet by century's end, the ancient Scottish capital had become the marvel of modern Europe, thanks to a group of friends whose trailblazing ingenuity and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Buchan
ISBN: 006055889X 9780060558895 0060558881 9780060558888
OCLC Number: 1058057934
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2003 as 'Capital of the mind : how Edinburgh changed the world' by John Murray (Publishers)"--T.P. verso.
Description: xi, 436 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Auld Reekie --
2. Charlie's Year --
3. The Disease of the Learned --
4. The Philosopher's Opera --
5. Smaller Joys from Less Important Causes --
6. The Thermometer of the Heart --
7. Torrents of Wind --
8. The Savage and the Shopkeeper --
9. The Art of Dancing --
10. Earth to Earth --
11. The Man of Feeling.
Responsibility: James Buchan.
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"In the early eighteenth century, Edinburgh was a filthy backwater synonymous with poverty and disease, and recently famous for religious persecution. When this small walled-off city surrendered to a handful of Highlanders in 1745, things had never looked bleaker. Yet by century's end, the ancient Scottish capital had become the marvel of modern Europe, thanks to a group of friends whose trailblazing ingenuity and passion for ideas changed the way all of us look at the world." "In Crowded with Genius, James Buchan, himself a Scot with a strong attachment to this history, beautifully reconstructs the intimate geographic scale and boundless intellectual milieu of Enlightenment Edinburgh. With the scholarship of a historian and the elegance of a novelist, he tells the story of the triumph of this unlikely town and the men whose vision brought it into being. Buchan has written an extraordinary account of the movement that turned Edinburgh from a city under siege into a hotbed of brilliant achievements that changed the course of history and gave birth to the modern mind."--BOOK JACKET.

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