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.
I will be reading this book more than three times at least! My father wrote a book about our family all the way. Back to Scotland. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dennis G. Blair
This was a fascinating as well as quite informative. You're not going to please every one and I found myself a tad bored during the chapter about philosophy but that's a me thing,... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Wednesday
A very readable summary of all things Scottish and a must for those who love American history. the reader comes away with a whole new perception of what our founding fathers were... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ruby Riley
I kept pressing even after reading the absurd claim that Hume is a psychological egoist. But I came to the description of Harriet Martineau as John Stuart Mill's future wife, I... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Dale E. Miller
Fascinating, the influence Scotland has had on the development of Western thinking, economics, technology, etc.Published 20 days ago by Robert Orndorff
I was very impressed with this book. I learned a great deal about how Scottish politics work and why. Learned how some of ancestors ended up in Ireland instead of Scotland. Read morePublished 25 days ago by mcgriffcat
Most surprising book I ever read. I'm going to re-read it and I'm not even Scottish.Published 26 days ago by Robert S. Bowser