Introduction: Ideas and Sentiments 1 Chapter One::Setting Out 11 The Four Sisters and Seven Brothers 15 Difficult Circumstances 23 Tragic News from the Indias 29 The Frontiers of Empire in the West 34 Small Congratulatory Elephants 45 Chapter Two: Coming Home 59 The Finances of the Family 60 The Politics of the East and West Indies 68 The Arts and Sciences of Enlightenment 76 The Ruins of the Indies 80 Intran Bell alias Belinda 87 Joseph Knight 91 Chapter Three:: Ending and Loss 97 The Detritus of Empire 99 The James Johnstones 105 Indian Yellow Satin 109 The Treasurer 112 Distant Destinies 116 Chapter Four:Economic Lives 121 Possible Empires 125 What Is the State? 131 What Was, and What Was Not Law 137 A Society of Persons 141 A Moderate Empire 146 Economic Theories 148 Chapter Five: Experiences of Empire 154 Slavery in the British Empire 154 This Age of Information 170 Family Histories 185 Connections of Things 197 Intimate Lives 202 Chapter Six: What Is Enlightenment? 210 The Sect of Philosophers 211 The Milieux of Enlightenment: Books and Booksellers 220 Legal Information 224 Clerks and Clerics 231 The Milieux of Political Thought 239 The Atmosphere of Society 247 The Enlightenment of the Johnstones 252 The Coexistence of Enlightenment and Oppression 258 Chapter Seven: Histories of Sentiments 263 The Eye of the Mind 263 The History of the Human Mind 266 Family Secrets 270 The Discontinuity of Size and Scenes 277 The Incompleteness of Information 279 Chapter Eight:: Other People 284 The Johnstones and the Mind 285 Intran Bell alias Belinda 29 Other People 299 Acknowledgments 303 Appendix 307 Abbreviations 309 Notes 311 Maps 463 Index 469
Emma Rothschild is the Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History and director of the Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard University, and a fellow of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. She is the author of Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment.
Winner of Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year Award 2011. Short-listed for The New Yorker Reviewers' Favorites 2011 (United States) and Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards (Non-Fiction category) 2012.