Enlightened history and the decline of nations: Ferguson, Raynal, and the contested legacies of the Dutch Republic

McDaniel, Iain (2010) Enlightened history and the decline of nations: Ferguson, Raynal, and the contested legacies of the Dutch Republic. History of European Ideas, 36 (2). pp. 203-216. ISSN 0191-6599

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Abstract

This article examines and compares Adam Ferguson's and Guillaume-Thomas Raynal's analyses of modern commercial states by reconstructing their accounts of the history and politics of the Dutch Republic. For both writers, the Dutch case stood as a clear instance of the political dangers implicit in a particular type of commercial polity, and both sought to apply its lessons to an understanding of the future of their own states. Although Ferguson's and Raynal's arguments about the decline of the Dutch trading state overlapped, their analyses reflected different evaluations of the relationship between modern states and modern economic institutions (trading companies and public debts). The broader purpose of the article is to shed light on the distinctive theories of commerce and models of European development that informed the major works of Enlightenment historiography and political thought produced by Ferguson and Raynal in the 1760s and 1770s.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > DJ History of Netherlands (Holland)
Depositing User: Iain McDaniel
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2013 13:07
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2013 13:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46658
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