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.
Crazy fast shipping and book in great condition. Superb read as well of course!Published 5 hours ago by NowInUSA
If you have have Scots anywhere in your background (as so many do in America), this book will be an eye-opener. The Scots grit and inventiveness are legendary..... Read morePublished 3 days ago by LindaPage
Extremely engaging for a history book. So many things about the Scots I did not know and was surprised to learn.Published 4 days ago by Ed Kirkpatrick
I had heard of this book and looked forward to reading it. A big disappointment. Author's writing is slow and dull; making even interesting topics off-putting. Read morePublished 7 days ago by SDM
We like the book a lot. It reads well, is understandable, and the history is logically presented.Published 10 days ago by MAM
Scots rejoice! You have helped move civilization forward in many ways. But you will have to acquire and read the book to learn more.Published 23 days ago by Nancy Jean Rose