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Introduction; A Note on the Text; An Historical View of the English Government: From the Settlement of the Saxons in Britain to the Revolution in 1688; Appendix I: Authorities Cited in the Text and in Millar's Notes; Appendix II: Main Historiographical Sources for Miller's Narrative to 1688; Index.
John Millar's works brilliantly explore the nature of English governance through a prism of the natural law tradition and Scottish philosophical history. Millar was a student of Adam Smith's at Glasgow University and his most important immediate intellectual heir. His works provide an essential linkage to Smith.
This oldie reaches back to 1787. Millar was a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment and a noted social analyst. He divides his history into three sections: the Saxons through the Normans, the Normans to James I, and James I to the Glorious Revolution.
Much evidence stacked up on my bookshelves suggests--pace Hawes--a determination to scrutinize and respect claims for the Enlightenment: Liberty Press's ongoing series Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics (which saw new editions this year of John Millar's An Historical View of the English Government: From the Settlement of the Saxons in Britain to the Revolution in 1688 and The Origin of the Distinction of Ranks, Francis Hutcheson's Logic, Metaphysics, and the Natural Sociability of Mankind, and Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui's The Principles of Natural and Politic Law); the several books that revalue Enlightenment aspirations as they make philosophy the master key for unlocking cultural preoccupations.
Studies in English Literature