The Scottish Enlightenment: Race, Gender, and the Limits of Progress
The Scottish Enlightenment shaped a new conception of history as a gradual and universal progress from savagery to civil society. Whereas women emancipated themselves from the yoke of male-masters, men in turn acquired polite manners and became civilized. Such a conception, however, presents problematic questions: why were the Americans still savage? Why was it that the Eu...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 21st 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published May 8th 2012)
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