Thursday, 25 April 2013

Tom 'Love' Devine

Tom Devine
To Lockerbie Academy on a bright, clear spring evening yesterday: one of those events that make the rain and midges all worth while. Tom Devine came to give a lecture, courtesy of the Holywood Trust, and received the medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The lecture was on the Scottish Enlightenment - its flavour (sceptical, passionate, analytical, lubricated by strong waters) its origins (Calvinism, the Scottish tendency to nomadism) and extension (not least to America, in whose revolutionary war of independence both American and Scottish historians now agree Scottish thinkers played a crucial part.)

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