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Even before getting to this capacious sitting-room we pass along the even more splendid high-arched Parliament Hall, home of the original Scottish Parliament, prior to its being handed over the lawyers after the Union of It was there that senior advocates perambulated together in small groups, to avoid being overheard, shadowed by junior members such as the young Scott eager to give the impression that they too had business.

This excellent book on Robert Burns offers a rich new contribution to the cultural and intellectual history of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Both men were much concerned with the place of the moral sentiments in a commercial age. Though, Burns expressed far more interest in the de- structive side of rural change than Smith ever mustered.

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These institutions enabled the many different performances and voices of the poet, including the persona of the rustic peasant that impressed Mackenzie so much. The nine chapters of the book paint Burns in a variety of guises: ambivalent tenant farmer, clubbing writer in search of patronage, and conscientious exciseman.

For Leask, the civil society of Ayrshire and Edinburgh enabled heteroglossia and internal contradictions rather than a single form of liberal rationality. How precisely did Burns transform Scottish and English pastoral tradi- tion? Out of this jumble of elements Burns forged his poetic account of rural life, at the same time urbane and subversive. A bad harvest in and the debacle of American independence provoked widespread anxieties. Scottish landowners founded the Highland Society of Edinburgh and the British Fisheries Society with an aim to mix economic rationalization and social responsibil- ity.


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They favored wasteland colonization, spade husbandry, and planned villages to accommodate tenants and cottagers who had been dispossessed. Nowhere is this more evident than in his poems on ani- 1. Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, 2 vols.

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