This book considers the politics of patronage appointments at the universities in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and St Andrews. The book explores the ways in which men secured posts in three Scottish universities between and ; from the purge following the Revolution of to the end of Henry Dundas's political career. Most professors were political appointees vetted and supported by political factions and their leaders.
This study explores the improving agenda of political patrons and of those they served and relates this to the Scottish Enlightenment. The book argues that what was happen The book argues that what was happening in Scotland was also occurring in other parts of Europe where, in relatively autonomous localities, elite patrons also shaped things as they wished them to be. The role of patronage in the Enlightenment is essential to any understanding of its origins and course.
This book is based on much archival study and adds substantially to what is known about the Scottish professorial during the period. Keywords: patronage , Glasgow , Edinburgh , St Andrews , professors , political patrons , Scottish Enlightenment , Scottish professorial , universities , Scotland. Forgot password?
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Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment
Petersburg Free Economic Study, one of the most prestigious and influential public associations in Imperial Russian history. Established in under the personal protection of Catherine the Great, its mission was to enlighten the villages and country estates of the Russian Empire by spreading the gospel of scientific agriculture to noble landowners and the peasants working their land. Emulating the patriotic associations of Western and Central Europe, it also sought to put the finishing touches on the cultural westernization of Russia initiated by the reforming tsar Peter the Great.
Within the walls of its meeting house in St. Petersburg, it offered a neutral space where people of different rank, status, and lineage assembled to debate the great issues of the day, above all else the role of a privileged and enlightened nobility in a society anchored in serfdom.
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