Enlightened Histories: Civilisation, War and the Scottish Enlightenment

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Title Enlightened Histories: Civilisation, War and the Scottish Enlightenment
Author Buchan, Bruce Alexander
Journal Name The European Legacy
Editor Ezra Talmor
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Basingstoke, UK
Publisher Routledge Journals; Taylor and Francis
Abstract The concept of civil society continues to generate considerable interest, while the concept of civilisation attracts comparatively little attention. This has lead to a tendency to oversimplify the relationship between civil societies and militarily powerful sovereign states. Civil societies, it is often argued, are those societies that have emerged from a successful process of domestic pacification and effective control of state power. In this paper, it will be argued that some prominent Scottish Enlightenment thinkers developed theories of civilisation grounded in more complex historical narratives in which the accomplishments of civil society were tied to the achievement of state sovereignty based on the successful monopoly of military might. The purpose of this paper is to trace the role of state sovereignty and military monopolisation, and the consequent prominence given to the practice of war, in the 'historical' theories of civilisation articulated by David Hume, William Robertson, Adam Smith and Adam Ferguson.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=t713416679
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/108487705200030101
Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 Taylor & Francis : The author-version of this article will be available for download [12-18 months] after publication : Use hypertext link to access the version of the publisher.
Volume 10
Issue Number 2
Page from 177
Page to 192
ISSN 1084-8770
Date Accessioned 2006-01-19
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Other History and Archaeology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4172
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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