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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A very interesting book; well researched and presented.
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!
I can however recommend the book to people of any nationality as a very interesting read.
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 3 days ago by medvlit
Everything Scot!! Loved the early part about religion and law more than the later part.Published 27 days ago by Michael Watson
One of the best books I have ever read! I even ordered two more as gifts for people I know are interested in Scottish history. A must own!Published 28 days ago by Levi
You wouldn't believe how much the Scots have invented! What a clever book. Arrived promptly and in superb quality.Published 29 days ago by JLKO
Well written & thoughtful. The title is a bit ambitious but the author makes a good argument for the great Scottish thinkers of the 17th & 18th centuries. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Sanders
I am currently trying to fill in the "philosophy" gap in my education, and found this book valuable in adding some new perspectives and some connections and names I had not... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pete Toot