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Adam Ferguson, An Essay on the History of Civil Society [1767]

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An Essay on the History of Civil Society, 5th ed. (London: T. Cadell, 1782).


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A pioneering work of the Scottish Enlightenment in the field of “philosophical history”, or what we would today call sociology. It deals with the social, political, economic, intellectual, and legal changes which accompanied societies as they made the transition to modern commercial and manufacturing society.

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Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.



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