Synopses & Reviews
Includes bibliographical references (p. 431-452) and index.
"Herman's book tells an exciting story with gusto...its range and narrative verve make it an entertaining and illuminating read." Sunday Times (London)
"A skeptic could easily be converted by Herman's deft presentation...this work sets a high academic standard yet is carefully leavened with colorful anecdotes." Library Journal
About the Author
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. This book is not just about Scotland: it is an exciting account of the origins of the modern world. No one who takes this incredible historical trek will ever view the Scots—or the modern West—in the same way again.