Again, the Scots
A while ago I was dubious
that How the Scots Invented the Modern World
proved its claim. 's The Early Days of a Better Nation
today describes early eighteenth-century Scotland as the hinge "between the empires of capitalist England and absolutist
France". This is his summary of 's Discovering the Scottish Revolution 1692 - 1746
So wrote clew in
History (18th c.).