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Enlightenment in a Smart City

Edinburgh's Civic Development, 1660-1750

Murray Pittock

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Why did Enlightenment happen in Edinburgh?

This is a study of Enlightenment in Edinburgh like no other. Using data and models provided by urban innovation and Smart City theory, it pinpoints the distinctive features that made Enlightenment in the Scottish capital possible.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Chapter 1: Remembering and Inventing Enlightenment
Chapter 2: Edinburgh and the Canongate 1660-1750: communications, networks, the routers of change
Chapter 3: Trades and Professions
Chapter 4: The Arts
Chapter 5: Taverns, Associations and Freemasonry
Chapter 6: Booksellers, Newspapers and Libraries
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor at the University of Glasgow, Pro Vice-Principal and Honorary Scottish History Adviser to the National Trust for Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Historical Society and the English Association and a prize lecturer of both the RSE and the British Academy.He has held senior appointments at the universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Manchester, and visiting appointments in history and literature globally at universities including Yale, Trinity College, Dublin, New York University and Charles University, Prague. Recent publications include The Scots Musical Museum (2 vols, 2018); Culloden (2016) and Material Culture and Sedition (2013). His current projects include The Collected Works of Allan Ramsay (funded by the AHRC, 2018-23), The Scottish Heritage Partnership (on VR and Immersive design and procurement, funded by EPSRC-AHRC) and Robert Burns and the Scottish Economy (funded by Scottish Government).

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Murray Pittock has now done for Enlightenment what he did for Jacobitism: take something that we thought we knew and show us what it really was and what it can be for us. By discovering the "mechanics" of Enlightenment in a "smart city" in the past, he helps us envision what we might do with our cities today.

- Clifford Siskin, Director, The Re:Enlightenment Project, New York university

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