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    • Document type
      Review (monograph)
      Reviews in History
      Author (Review)
      • Donnachie, Ian
      Language (Review)
      Language (Monograph)
      Author (Monograph)
      • Harris, Bob
      • McKean, Charles
      The Scottish Town in the Age of the Enlightenment 1740-1820
      Year of publication
      Place of publication
      Edinburgh Univ. Press
      Number of pages
      XX, 604
      Subject classification
      Art History, Local History, Social and Cultural History
      Time classification
      Modern age until 1900 → 18th century, Modern age until 1900 → 19th century
      Regional classification
      Europe → Western Europe → Great Britain
      Subject headings
      Geschichte 1740-1820
      Sozialer Wandel
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Bob Harris / Charles McKean: The Scottish Town in the Age of the Enlightenment 1740-1820 (reviewed by Ian Donnachie)

This formidable and scholarly volume, a major contribution to urban, social and cultural history, is first and foremost a tribute to one of its co-authors, Charles McKean, the distinguished architectural historian, who sadly died when the book was being written. He spent much of his professional career researching, documenting and promoting the history of Scottish architecture the length and breadth of the country and embracing many of the communities which feature in the present study. While the bulk of the book has been written or re-cast by Bob Harris, an established and thoughtful authority on the period, it clearly owes a great deal to McKean’s input and the work of several research assistants and archival projects both they and Professor Chris Whatley of the University of Dundee promoted and managed over a ten-year period. The result is a book which draws on extensive research in local and regional sources, many of which have never been systematically investigated or deployed in reconstructing the histories of the communities concerned.