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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I can however recommend the book to people of any nationality as a very interesting read.
How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It Being a Scot, I loved this book!
The book deals with the forces that created the 18th century movement known as "The Scottish Enlightenment" and its impact on the modern world.
a solid and comprehensive story of Scottish creativity inmodern history much of which may be not appreciatedPublished 6 days ago by Erwin Hargrove
An excellent book. The contributions of Scots are amazing.Published 7 days ago by Leonidas Torres C
Being of mostly Scottish descent, I had wanted to read this book for quite some time. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Allison Hawn
This book will inform you on what you have today in Europe and America is because of the Scotch. These intelligent wise and brave people shaped the past 300 years of civilization. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Mr. Bubles
Bought this as an early Christmas present for a co-worker who is Scottish. Looks to be an interesting read and for someone who loves all things Scottish, a perfect gift.Published 1 month ago by Renee Bell
"How the Scots Invented the Modern World" is an extremely interesting read about the contributions Scots made to the western world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ellen cobb
Terrific book. The fact that some Scots deride it is a glowing testimony to the Scottish character which could always find an excuse for a good fight even in the name of Peace. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill Arrott
I had no idea that the Scots had such a profound influence in the development of the modern world. We in Canada are still working to get closer to that modern world.