New book enquires about truth behind Scottish Enlightenment

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'Who Made the Scottish Enlightenment?' by Colin Russell exalts genius of many great Scottish contributors to creation of modern world

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Author Colin Russell views the Scottish Enlightenment as often portrayed to be elitist and Edinburgh-based with no universally agreed beginning or end. Additionally, he observed that the philosophers and scholars (the great Scottish Enlightenment figures) sometimes obscure significant contributions from other disciplines so that the achievements of a wider conception of the Scottish Enlightenment are not universally known. Perturbed by these errors, he proceeds to address both issues in an enquiry which seeks to highlight the scale and breadth of the Scottish Enlightenment whilst posing the question as to how Scottish identity can be preserved.

"Who Made the Scottish Enlightenment?: A Personal, Biographical and Analytical Enquiry" (published by Xlibris UK) argues that the common notion that world figures such as Adam Smith and David Hume were isolated men of genius fails to recognize both the breadth and depth of the Scottish Enlightenment. In breadth there were writers such as Robert Burns and Engineers like James Watt and in depth, every discipline was a pyramid that contained around 700 men and women of great achievement. Furthermore, the author asserts the contention that the Scottish Enlightenment was not just about philosophy and that it extended geographically beyond Edinburgh.

Eye-opening and intriguing, the book puts into focus the underlying philosophy of Scottish education, its broad-ranging curriculum and exalts how one small nation contributed so much to the creation of the modern world.

“Who Made the Scottish Enlightenment?: A Personal, Biographical and Analytical Enquiry”
By Colin Russell
Hardcover | 6x9in | 518 pages | ISBN 9781499091038
Softcover | 6x9in | 518 pages | ISBN 9781499091045
E-Book | 518 pages | ISBN 9781499091052
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Colin Russell qualified in History, Geography and Primary Education at Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh University, in 1979. A career as a primary head teacher culminated at Dean Park Primary School in Edinburgh in 2013. During his career, he worked in various academic roles for the Open University and in 2011, he became the Chair of the British Educational Leadership and Administration Society during which time he was instrumental in founding and chairing the International Congress of Educational Leadership Societies.

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