The Scottish Enlightenment The Scots Invention of the Modern World This work presents the history of how Scotland produced the institutions beliefs and human character that have made the West into the most powerful culture in the world Within one hundred years the

  • Title: The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World
  • Author: Arthur Herman
  • ISBN: 9781841152769
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • This work presents the history of how Scotland produced the institutions, beliefs and human character that have made the West into the most powerful culture in the world Within one hundred years, the nation that began the 18th century dominated by the harsh and repressive Scottish Kirk had evolved into Europe s most literate society, producing an idea of modernity that haThis work presents the history of how Scotland produced the institutions, beliefs and human character that have made the West into the most powerful culture in the world Within one hundred years, the nation that began the 18th century dominated by the harsh and repressive Scottish Kirk had evolved into Europe s most literate society, producing an idea of modernity that has shaped much of civilisation as we know it Arthur Herman argues that Scotland s turbulent history, from William Wallace to the Presbyterian Lords of the Covenant, laid the foundations for the Scottish miracle He follows the lives and work of thinkers such as Adam Smith and David Hume, writers such as Burns and Boswell, as well as architects, technicians and inventors, and traces their legacy into the 20th century.

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    1. Arthur Herman says:

      Arthur L Herman born 1956 is an American popular historian, currently serving as a senior fellow at Hudson Institute He generally employs the Great Man perspective in his work, which is 19th Century historical methodology attributing human events and their outcomes to the singular efforts of great men that has been refined and qualified by such modern thinkers as Sidney Hook.

    2 thoughts on “The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World

    1. Fascinating book about the impact Scotland has had on the world.Most Scottish people are familiar with the poem, Wha's Like Us, which lists many Scottish inventions and innovations. Link here : aboutaberdeen/whaslikeReading this book made me appreciate even more how much the Scots have impacted the world with the little they had and with the tragedies they experienced. I learned a few interesting facts: - One thing that the Scottish, Irish and English could agree on was their hatred of Oliver Cr [...]

    2. The first three quarters of this book are absolutely amazing, showing how the Scottish Enlightenment period essentially created all modern political and philosophical teachings in the modernized world.The book goes in to wonderful historical detail about brilliant individuals who were the product of a social program to bring education to everyone at a time when most people in Europe were illiterate. It discusses such brilliant philosophers as David Hume and Adam Smith, as well as great inventors [...]

    3. This was a Christmas gift from my son Matthew, and an incredibly informative and enjoyable read. Any Scot, or anyone with even a trace of Scottish heritage, will naturally feel a kinship with, and love this book -- but it's also a fine work of research that any lover of history will enjoy.Historian Arthur Herman has written a comprehensive and well-detailed account of the many ways that notable Scots have had a special influence on world events. Not only is there a ton of information here, but i [...]

    4. I was very disappointed by this. It's a solid and mildly entertaining book, but Herman's title and thesis are woefully inadequate. When he says "How the Scots Invented the Modern World" it is more like "How Scottish Men Made Great Contributions to the English-Speaking World." Any definition of the modern world that rests solely on Britain and America (with cursory nods to Canada and Australia) is one that is laughable. Herman doesn't even frame Scottish contributions by luminaries like Adam Smit [...]

    5. To be completely honest, it's hard to find a better written book out there, regardless of the obviously hyperbolic title. This text was so fastidiously researched, so utterly fascinating, and so easy to read that I can't fathom another work that could do the job better. Herman backs up his incredible title with myriad evidence that really supports how Scottish blood has invigorated and established some of the best concepts and inventions that have come out of the past three centuries or so. He s [...]

    6. This book covers about 5 centuries of Scottish history. I was most interested in the description of education in Scotland. I was unaware that Scotland provided universal education for children long before Britain did. I would argue that this is what led to the flourishing of creativity and invention. I would critique the author is this respect as readers could be left with the idea the Scots are superior as a "race" or ethnic group, rather than considering the factors that enabled people of this [...]

    7. Consider the title of this book:How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It. (The word "true" is something of a give away.)The reader can't take it seriously, and apparently neither did its author. As Herman admits (page 278), "an important secret in publishing, that information is made more memorable when it is tinged with bias." How the Scots was marinated in bias. For all that, it's an entertaining rom [...]

    8. The Scots did more for modern education than a lot of other people, especially the idea that all people, regardless of race, gender or social or economic class, deserve one, and should have access to higher education. What they accomplished for the world in terms of education, as a teacher, is what I appreciated most about the book. I also learned more about key figures in history, all from Scotland, like Alexander Fleming, Alexander Graham Bell, James Watt, James Lind, Erasmus Darwin and his gr [...]

    9. "How the Scots " is one of the most interesting non-fiction books I've read in a long time. "Huh? How," you ask, "can history be interesting?!" Not every author can make it interesting, for certain. But here's how to come up with such a winner, Arthur Herman-style:1. Gather all the players, important events, places and timelines and put them on the canvas.2. Arrange and join those pieces on the larger background of historical context to create a vital story -- that is, show how all that potentia [...]

    10. ‘A man’s a man for a’ that’Although there are a few chapters in this book dedicated to explaining the ideas of the philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment, the bulk of the book is an examination of how those ideas spread and changed not just Scotland or the UK but, in Herman’s view, the Western world. As with Herman’s more recent book, The Cave and the Light, this is a hugely readable and enjoyable history – Herman writes in a way that makes his books very accessible to non-acad [...]

    11. I found this book on the library shelf when I checked out How the Irish saved Civilization. I enjoyed this book mostly but I did skip over some of the sections on philosophy which was unfortunate because he refers to them repeatedly in the rest of the book. Herman shows the Scottish ideas in things good and bad and how those ideas helped develop philosophies of democracy, slavery, socialism, Marxism, and freedom. He gives credit to Scots for most important discoveries and many of our words. My f [...]

    12. Though it was curious to read about Bonnie Prince Charles's ill-fated adventure and the beginning of Great Britain, the next chunk on David Hume etc. was really tough so i fast forwarded to Walter Scott, mostly skimming through yet pausing to read about the august visit of George IV to Scotland and it's unbelievable repercussions that followed Sir Walter's cunning machinations with the image of Scots. Until i finally hit upon what was most interesting in and what i expected most of the book- not [...]

    13. Very engaging history of Scotland and it's peopletailed, but enjoyable. I was amazed at what the Scots endured, but more so with what they accomplished. I was surprised at the people who were Scottish: John Paul Jones, Alexander Hamilton, Sir Walter Scott, Alexander Graham Bell, Andrew Carnegie, Dr. David Livingston, James Watt, Robert Louis Stevenson, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, Jim Bowie, Daniel Boone, Sam Houston, Samuel Morse, just to name a few. I wanted to read this book because I am of Sc [...]

    14. An unsatisfactory read. The author fails to define what he means by "the modern world", so anything that any Scot did can be thrown into the hopper. And his reasoning fails at a very basic level. If he says (to make up an example typical of how he looks at the subject), "By 1900 30% of Canadian doctors were Scottish," then he must concede that 70% were not Scottish. And they probably were English. So why doesn't that mean that the English invented the modern world? If the book's title were "How [...]

    15. This is written in the same vein as Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization. I learned about Scottish history but really the entire world. From inventions to famous people, this book explores how Scotland and its citizens contributed to the modern (by what they did in the 1700 and 1800s) . It took me a while to get into the writing style, but this is a worthwhile read. I liked the history in the book (I had taken 4 Brit Lit courses for my undergrad and grad English degree and had learned about [...]

    16. "This is one of the most significant books of the past 100 years. It is a thorough, well developed, and well written account of the cradle of contemporary liberty in the Western World [along, perhaps, with Holland]. I have been studying that development for nearly forty years, and still learned a lot from this book. It is one of those ""put it all together"" volumes that should be read by everyone interested in either Scotland or Western liberty."

    17. This is a solid, if not exciting, review of Scottish influence. It is truly amazing to think of how much comes out of that small country. Not just ideas, but inventions, people, etc. Herman shows how many people in the U.S. and Britain came originally from Scottish families. Many of them became famous.

    18. Never mind all the special pleading in this farrago of nonsense. Looking around at the modern world, I'd keep quiet about inventing it if I were the author.

    19. UPDATE: After considering this book for a few days, I've taken away one star: Herman's fantasy that the best from Scotland exist today in our Modern World is just that: a fantasy. Still, Herman's utopia is a very good read. And I notice that Herman has written a number of books with similar, audacious titles. He's definitely good enough for me to try another selection. And he has inspired me to travel to Scotland as I would love to see the yearly pageantry of the Military Tattoo.ORIGINAL REVIEW: [...]

    20. I found the description of this book so intriguing that I actually paid real money for the ebook, and I got more than my money's worth! The author clearly did his research, and the result was a very long but fascinating history of Scotland's contributions to modern day philosophy, ethics, politics, medicine, science, and society. As both my husband and I have Scots blood, I was really interested to learn of the true back story of Scotland and the disbursement of Scots across the world, as well a [...]

    21. I just read the Preface and Prologue to this book. It's very interesting as far as the history is concerned, but this book is not what I was hoping for. The author starts by describing seventeenth century Scotland. He discusses the influence of Calvinism, Scottish Presbyterianism and the Kirk (the Church of Scotland), the Covenanters, latitudinarianism, and the influence of Scripture on Scotland's laws. He writes of how blasphemy and witchcraft were punishable by death, and tells the story of Th [...]

    22. I swithered between giving this book two or three stars. In the end I went with three as there is plenty of good stuff in here. I think it's true that Enlightenment Scotland is one of those locations in time and place that has had a disproportionate influence on the World (other examples might be Ancient Athens, Medieval China, Renaissance Italy, or the fact that 3 of the World's most influential religions all arose from a relatively small area in the Middle East). The author gives due prominenc [...]

    23. Broad and challenging, but worth the effort. Herman discusses everyone and everything present in or coming out of Scotland from the 1600s to the 1800s. As you'd expect, such a massive treatment has a tendency to get dense and bog down at times, but it's always providing valuable information and insight.I might have preferred a work that is more selective, focusing on the most momentous events and influential people in greater detail than Herman does. But that work would lack the sweep of this on [...]

    24. This is a fine survey of Western history from the Scot point of view, starting in the late 1600's right up through the present. It filled in a number of gaps for me such as the battle of Culloden and the Opium wars, and what defines the Presbyterians (then, and now). Occasionally, the author seemed to stretch the connection to Scotland, but overall enjoyable and educational. Many of my anscestors have been described as Scotch-Irish. He points out that these are also known as Ulster Scots, the Sc [...]

    25. This book is total bollocks. The author conveniently ignores the obvious: That the union with England in 1700 was what allowed the Scottish to participate in some of the technological and political advances of the modern era. Without Union to a Great Power (England), the "nation" of Scotland would have played little part in the changing world, and indeed would have been a forgotten corner of Europe. A more apt title would be "English speaking Scotsmen who contributed to Great Britain during the [...]

    26. If you want to understand why America developed the way it did, this book will help you to get it. I found it very readable, although I must admit a certain bias - I'm interested in all things politic, and I come from a Scots-Irish background, so in very many ways, I understand the author "intuitively." At any rate, this is a great book that will help you to see why we are the way we are, and may give some insight into using that backstory to change how we are doing things now.

    27. A bloody AMAZING book. It manages to tie in so much history, so many biographies, so many ideast at no time does it feel rushed, over-burdened, or lacking in coverage. One of the finest history books I have ever read, and a revelation to anyone studying the 17th and 18th centuries.

    28. When I moved to the Uk the first time three years ago I decided I needed to know more of the history. You can watch Braveheart and Rob Roy until you are blue in the face but they won't help you understand the history properly. Perhaps develop a love for Liam Neeson or over done blue foundation Of course you can sink your teeth into the likes of Nigel Tranter or Robyn Young. But if you want to get into history it is good to read a history book. The one I chose was "How the Scots Invented the Mode [...]

    29. If you can get past the title and have an interest in the history of Scotland from 1700 - 1920, this is an excellent read. It's not a light read; I found it best digested in partial chapters. But there are many interesting historical connections made which I found worthwhile. In particular, the influence of Scottish philosophy and thought on the founding of the United States is illuminating.

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