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Mordechai Feingold

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199694044

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199694044.001.0001

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The Netherlands, William Carstares, and the Reform of Edinburgh University, 1690–17151

The Netherlands, William Carstares, and the Reform of Edinburgh University, 1690–17151

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(p.111) The Netherlands, William Carstares, and the Reform of Edinburgh University, 1690–17151
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History of Universities
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Esther Mijers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199694044.003.0004

This chapter notes that the University of Edinburgh was one of the greatest academic institutions of the 18th century. Many of its professors were famous people of the European Enlightenment, and throughout the period the University attracted students from around the globe. Yet its history and development are less well known, although both the development of the Scottish Enlightenment and the emergence of Edinburgh have deep roots in the 17th century. This chapter further contributes to historiographical development by addressing the different attempts to reform the Scottish universities, in particular the University of Edinburgh in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Keywords:   University of Edinburgh, European Enlightenment, Scottish Enlightenment, historiographical development, Scottish universities

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