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.
Second to the Norwegians, who discovered America, the Scots gave us a lot.Published 2 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 23 days ago by Aaron
Excellent book. Not only a compelling history of Scotland but a history of ideas.Published 1 month ago by Joshua D. Coleman
Author takes what otherwise could be a dry history reading and turns the 1800's Scottish and American History into a reading adventure that reveals many of the sources of important... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clay Mcclellan
Excellent, as far as it went. I was disappointed at the omission of John Napier, the mathematician. As an undergraduate, I was not only versed in amo, amas, amat, but even more... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ShaZORN
Described perfectly! Exactly what I expected. It helps to put me in touch with my Scottish heritage. The title alone can tell you that.Published 1 month ago by Shawn McAllister