How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of how Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in it

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Three Rivers Press, 2001 - History - 472 pages
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How the Scots Invented the Modrern World was a veritable hardcover smash, selling more than 48,000 copies in five printings and landing on bestseller lists across the nation, including the Washington Post and the Independent Bestseller List. Now in paperback, this lively and engrossing work traces the history of Scotland's many contributions to our culture, drawing on the most recent research of scholars and historians to demonstrate just how central the Scots have been in the making of what historians call "the great transformation" -- the rise of the West into the world's dominant power.

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User Review  - DramMan - LibraryThing

The title of this book promises a lot and, as a Scot myself, I came to it predisposed to believe the author's contentions. Yes, Scots were influential thinkers in the Enlightenment period and yes ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

This is a cheeky, lively book, revealing the advantages of the earliest application of the policy of universal public education. The style is carried on successfully though I got rather more about the ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

ARTHUR HERMAN, author of The Idea of Decline in Western History and Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Life and Legacy of America’s Most Hated Senator, received his doctorate in history at Johns Hopkins University. He is the coordinator of the Western Heritage Program at the Smithsonian Institution, an associate professor of history at George Mason University, and a consulting historical editor for Time-Life Books. He lives in Washington, D.C.


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