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Book on Scottish cultural influence

Posted: 21 Mar 2003 11:48AM GMT
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Edited: 30 Jun 2004 2:16PM GMT
An interesting book on Scottish cultural influence:
How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of how Western
Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It

It wasn't written by a Scott, so it's not as self serving as one might
think. I haven't read it, but saw the author reviewing it on CSPAN, and it
sounds great. Reviewers say it's very readable.

How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of how Western
Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It
Arthur Herman
ISBN: 0609809997
Format: Paperback, 400pp
Pub. Date: September 2002 Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

From the Publisher
"Mention of Scotland and the Scots usually conjures up images of kilts,
bagpipes, Scotch whisky, and golf. But as historian and author Arthur
Herman demonstrates, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland
earned the respect of the rest of the world for its crucial contributions
to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and
politics - contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever
since." "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.

For more reviews and ordering info see
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?...

I also recommend G.A. Henty's book "In Freedom's Cause." It's the story of
Bruce and Wallace and their fight to keep Scotland free from England.

Wayne Scott Phillips

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