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.
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 21 hours 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.
The author is obsessed with the Jacobite conflicts, which makes for dreary and even boring reading. He mentioned how the Jacobite Revolution sent many Scots into exile, where many... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kurt Crowder
Never know how influential the Scots were in forming our country and inventing things that are still in use today. Good read.Published 16 days ago by Marilyn Kay
Second to the Norwegians, who discovered America, the Scots gave us a lot.Published 25 days ago by david johnson
Spectacular review of Scotland's history where the very first public schools were created in order to educate everyone in the country. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aaron