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It is only natural, Herman suggests, that a country that once ranked among Europe's poorest, if most literate, would prize the ideal of progress, measured "by how far we have come from where we once were." Forged in the Scottish Enlightenment, that ideal would inform the political theories of Francis Hutcheson, Adam Smith, and David Hume, and other Scottish thinkers who viewed "man as a product of history," and whose collective enterprise involved "nothing less than a massive reordering of human knowledge" (yielding, among other things, the Encyclopaedia Britannica, first published in Edinburgh in 1768, and the Declaration of Independence, published in Philadelphia just a few years later). On a more immediately practical front, but no less bound to that notion of progress, Scotland also fielded inventors, warriors, administrators, and diplomats such as Alexander Graham Bell, Andrew Carnegie, Simon MacTavish, and Charles James Napier, who created empires and great fortunes, extending Scotland's reach into every corner of the world.
Herman examines the lives and work of these and many more eminent Scots, capably defending his thesis and arguing, with both skill and good cheer, that the Scots "have by and large made the world a better place rather than a worse place." --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Herman's account is a thoroughly enjoyable, if not 100% convincing thesis. He marshals his evidence well and offers many entertaining anecdotes that further both his narrative and... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Daniel E. Durden
If you are of Scottish decent, this book helps you understand your various traitsPublished 2 days ago by Terry
Well written history of Scottish influence on development of American democracy and much morePublished 9 days ago by Senior female
As a part of Clan Maclean, I was completely captivated, intrigued and amazed by this book. Exceptionally well researched and written. Great read!!!Published 19 days ago by Col Ben
A must read for anyone interested in history. points brought out make you really think about how the world was changed by little things.Published 27 days ago by Derek Walton
I've so enjoyed reading about the Scots (Adam Smith and others) who inspired our Founding Fathers. Smith was an early advocate for an independent America; he even wrote in "The... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joy Schwabach
An excellent overview of the forgotten and ignored history of the global contribution of a noble race to the enlightenment of much of the world .Published 1 month ago by Livin' in the 50s