How the Scots Invented the Modern World How the Scots Invented the Modern World

How the Scots Invented the Modern World

The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Ever ything in It

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Publisher Description

An exciting account of the origins of the modern world

Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since.

Herman has charted a fascinating journey across the centuries of Scottish history. Here is the untold story of how John Knox and the Church of Scotland laid the foundation for our modern idea of democracy; how the Scottish Enlightenment helped to inspire both the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution; and how thousands of Scottish immigrants left their homes to create the American frontier, the Australian outback, and the British Empire in India and Hong Kong.

How the Scots Invented the Modern World reveals how Scottish genius for creating the basic ideas and institutions of modern life stamped the lives of a series of remarkable historical figures, from James Watt and Adam Smith to Andrew Carnegie and Arthur Conan Doyle, and how Scottish heroes continue to inspire our contemporary culture, from William “Braveheart” Wallace to James Bond.

And no one who takes this incredible historical trek will ever view the Scots—or the modern West—in the same way again.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2001
November 27
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Crown
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Robert On the Road ,

An historic heritage

This is a quite remarkable book, laying out a compelling argument around its title. The research involved is stunning. The writing is uplifting…particularly for those of Scottish heritage. But, if you’re English or even European there’s a compelling case made in astonishing depth about the impact Scots have made in our world.

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