By Arthur Herman
Who shaped the 1st smooth nation?
Who created the 1st literate society?
Who invented our glossy rules of democracy and loose marketplace capitalism?
Mention of Scotland and the Scots frequently evokes photographs of kilts, bagpipes, Scotch whisky, and golfing. yet as historian and writer Arthur Herman demonstrates, within the eighteenth and 19th centuries Scotland earned the dignity of the remainder of the realm for its the most important contributions to technological know-how, philosophy, literature, schooling, drugs, trade, and politics—contributions that experience shaped and nurtured the fashionable West ever since.
Arthur Herman has charted a desirable trip around the centuries of Scottish background. He lucidly summarizes the information, discoveries, and achievements that made this small kingdom dealing with at the North Atlantic an proposal and motive force in global historical past. here's the untold tale of ways John Knox and the Church of Scotland laid the basis for our glossy notion of democracy; how the Scottish Enlightenment helped to motivate either the yank Revolution and the U.S. structure; and the way hundreds of thousands of Scottish immigrants left their houses to create the yank frontier, the Australian outback, and the British Empire in India and Hong Kong.
How the Scots Invented the fashionable World unearths how Scottish genius for developing the fundamental principles and associations of recent lifestyles stamped the lives of a chain of exceptional old figures, from James Watt and Adam Smith to Andrew Carnegie and Arthur Conan Doyle, and the way Scottish heroes proceed to encourage our modern tradition, from William “Braveheart” Wallace to James Bond.
Victorian historian John Anthony Froude as soon as proclaimed, “No humans so few in quantity have scored so deep a mark within the world’s historical past because the Scots have done.” And not anyone who has taken this amazing ancient trek, from the Highland glens and the factories and slums of Glasgow to the California Gold Rush and the quest for the resource of the Nile, will ever view Scotland and the Scots—or the trendy West—in a similar manner back. For it is a tale not only approximately Scotland: it really is a thrilling account of the origins of the fashionable international and its consequences.
“The aspect of this booklet is that being Scottish seems to be greater than only a topic of nationality or fatherland or extended family or perhaps tradition. it's also a mind set, a manner of viewing the area and our position in it. . . . this can be the tale of the way the Scots created the elemental notion of modernity. it is going to convey how that concept remodeled their very own tradition and society within the eighteenth century, and the way they carried it with them anywhere they went. evidently, the Scots didn't do every thing by way of themselves: different nations—Germans, French, English, Italians, Russians, and lots of others—have their position within the making of the trendy global. however it is the Scots greater than somebody else who've created the lens by which we see the ultimate product. once we gaze out on a modern international formed by means of expertise, capitalism, and sleek democracy, and fight to discover our position as participants in it, we're in influence viewing the area because the Scots did. . . . the tale of Scotland within the eighteenth and 19th centuries is considered one of well-deserved triumph and heart-rending tragedy, spilled blood and ruined lives, in addition to of significant achievement.”
—FROM THE PREFACE
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How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It by Arthur Herman