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.
I was completely unaware of the history of Scotland and this book gave a very good overview of what happened in Scotland from shortly before the Act of Union through the calls for... Read morePublished 16 minutes ago by Michael P Procario
So many great people and great deeds that it's hard to keep track. But I can without hesitation state that I learned a lot from this book, and a lot of that has helped to explain... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Matthew
Bought for a present, for someone who likes history and is an engineer. The recipient LOVES this book!Published 8 days ago by ECHO
I've never read this book, it was a gift for my father-in-law and my husband also already has a copy. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Monique Harris
Fascinating book with another insight into the Scots and our modern world.Published 20 days ago by lewbrika
Interesting. I hadn't realized how much the Scottish thinkers of the 19th century influenced this country, its founders and eventually the world. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Royce J Stilson