Whatever good there was in 18th-century ways of life in Scotland - and notwithstanding the brief Jacobite irruptions, it was on the whole a more peaceful land than England, and increasingly dedicated to Improvement - industrialisation wrought transformation. Smout covered the early stages of the process in his History of the Scottish People. Despite his realism about conditions in the new industries and the sad fate of the handloom weavers, despite his regret at the eclipse of Enlightened rational optimism as Evangelicalism secured a blighting grip on the blackening cities, and despite his conclusion that the tendency for decades before 1830 had been for the culture to become 'more British and less specifically Scottish', that book ended with a sense of upbeat. Smout had explored and attempted to explain an astonishing afflatus of intellectual discovery, creative talent and entrepreneurial drive - a 'cultural golden age' in one small country which had had, and went on having, world-wide consequences.
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Book Description see notes for publisher info, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000217524X