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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excellent! and a nice piece to the full historical puzzle of Europe.Published 19 hours ago by richard fuller
I enjoyed reading tyhe is book--it contained a lot of history, and included some things I did not know about Scottish inventors. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
Wonderful book that in one place, gave me basic information about many of the thinkers who paved the way for the success of the American Revolution. Read morePublished 27 days ago by hardscififan
This book tells us about the importance of Scotland in history. The number of things the Scots have contributed to the world is mind boggling. Excellent and informative read.Published 1 month ago by medvlit
Everything Scot!! Loved the early part about religion and law more than the later part.Published 2 months ago by Michael Watson