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An exciting account of the origins of the modern world Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As h..

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings un..

Arthur Herman has now written the definitive sequel to his New York Times bestseller, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, and extends the themes of the book—which sold half ..

The Scots are an interesting people because they were able to carry off what few other people ever have. Giving up their sovereignty, they nevertheless, nearly conquered the world with their ideas and energy. Nor is the true history of the Scots quite as modern mythmaking paints it.

Arthur Herman subtitles his book: “The true story of how Western Europe’s poorest nation created our world and everything in it.” If there is any truth in the movie Braveheart, then it is probably the backwardness and brutality of early life in Scotland. As late as 1700 there were still many people in Northwestern Scotland who were literally living in the hunter-gatherer stage of civilization.

Nor were the Scottish clans some kind of idyllic grouping of tribes. To the extent that they existed, they were more like mafia families – poor mafia families. “…the Highland chieftain could be an awe-inspiring figure. What generally struck most outsiders, however, was the shabbiness and poverty of the average chief’s existence.” “In fact, these people were much poorer than Plains Indians or the other pastoral-nomadic peoples civil-society theorists knew about.” As for the fancy kilts and clan colors, they were a nostalgic invention made long after the clans had dissipated.

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Ridiculous title, but a compelling history of modern Scotland, particularly of the Scottish Enlightenment. The last third is silly, but the first two-thirds are probably the best thing I've read all year (2002). The title is actually a bit less ridiculous than it seems—Herman makes the case that the American system owes more to Scotland's revolution than to France's. There is an interesting echo of an analogous idea in Ellis's excellent Founding Brothers , where Ellis continues his lifelong quest to get Adams the recognition that Jefferson hogs.

I re-read this book while on sabbatical in Edinburgh in 2006. It's been at the back of my mind for the intervening four years (how many books can stake such a claim on the imagination?), and it was interesting to find 21 copies in the University of Edinburgh stacks. My memory did not let me down: the early parts of the book remain some of the most lively popular history I have read, and Herman does a much better job than Buchan at explaining the foundation of the Scottish Enlightenment (which is, in fact, the more modest title of the British version of the book). The latter parts still suffer from the flaws I had perceived in my previous reading.

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An exciting account of the origins of the modern world Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As h..

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings un..

Arthur Herman has now written the definitive sequel to his New York Times bestseller, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, and extends the themes of the book—which sold half ..

An exciting account of the origins of the modern world Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As h..

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings un..

Arthur Herman has now written the definitive sequel to his New York Times bestseller, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, and extends the themes of the book—which sold half ..

The Scots are an interesting people because they were able to carry off what few other people ever have. Giving up their sovereignty, they nevertheless, nearly conquered the world with their ideas and energy. Nor is the true history of the Scots quite as modern mythmaking paints it.

Arthur Herman subtitles his book: “The true story of how Western Europe’s poorest nation created our world and everything in it.” If there is any truth in the movie Braveheart, then it is probably the backwardness and brutality of early life in Scotland. As late as 1700 there were still many people in Northwestern Scotland who were literally living in the hunter-gatherer stage of civilization.

Nor were the Scottish clans some kind of idyllic grouping of tribes. To the extent that they existed, they were more like mafia families – poor mafia families. “…the Highland chieftain could be an awe-inspiring figure. What generally struck most outsiders, however, was the shabbiness and poverty of the average chief’s existence.” “In fact, these people were much poorer than Plains Indians or the other pastoral-nomadic peoples civil-society theorists knew about.” As for the fancy kilts and clan colors, they were a nostalgic invention made long after the clans had dissipated.

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Ridiculous title, but a compelling history of modern Scotland, particularly of the Scottish Enlightenment. The last third is silly, but the first two-thirds are probably the best thing I've read all year (2002). The title is actually a bit less ridiculous than it seems—Herman makes the case that the American system owes more to Scotland's revolution than to France's. There is an interesting echo of an analogous idea in Ellis's excellent Founding Brothers , where Ellis continues his lifelong quest to get Adams the recognition that Jefferson hogs.

I re-read this book while on sabbatical in Edinburgh in 2006. It's been at the back of my mind for the intervening four years (how many books can stake such a claim on the imagination?), and it was interesting to find 21 copies in the University of Edinburgh stacks. My memory did not let me down: the early parts of the book remain some of the most lively popular history I have read, and Herman does a much better job than Buchan at explaining the foundation of the Scottish Enlightenment (which is, in fact, the more modest title of the British version of the book). The latter parts still suffer from the flaws I had perceived in my previous reading.

An exciting account of the origins of the modern world Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As h..

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings un..

Arthur Herman has now written the definitive sequel to his New York Times bestseller, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, and extends the themes of the book—which sold half ..

The Scots are an interesting people because they were able to carry off what few other people ever have. Giving up their sovereignty, they nevertheless, nearly conquered the world with their ideas and energy. Nor is the true history of the Scots quite as modern mythmaking paints it.

Arthur Herman subtitles his book: “The true story of how Western Europe’s poorest nation created our world and everything in it.” If there is any truth in the movie Braveheart, then it is probably the backwardness and brutality of early life in Scotland. As late as 1700 there were still many people in Northwestern Scotland who were literally living in the hunter-gatherer stage of civilization.

Nor were the Scottish clans some kind of idyllic grouping of tribes. To the extent that they existed, they were more like mafia families – poor mafia families. “…the Highland chieftain could be an awe-inspiring figure. What generally struck most outsiders, however, was the shabbiness and poverty of the average chief’s existence.” “In fact, these people were much poorer than Plains Indians or the other pastoral-nomadic peoples civil-society theorists knew about.” As for the fancy kilts and clan colors, they were a nostalgic invention made long after the clans had dissipated.

An exciting account of the origins of the modern world Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As h..

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings un..

Arthur Herman has now written the definitive sequel to his New York Times bestseller, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, and extends the themes of the book—which sold half ..

The Scots are an interesting people because they were able to carry off what few other people ever have. Giving up their sovereignty, they nevertheless, nearly conquered the world with their ideas and energy. Nor is the true history of the Scots quite as modern mythmaking paints it.

Arthur Herman subtitles his book: “The true story of how Western Europe’s poorest nation created our world and everything in it.” If there is any truth in the movie Braveheart, then it is probably the backwardness and brutality of early life in Scotland. As late as 1700 there were still many people in Northwestern Scotland who were literally living in the hunter-gatherer stage of civilization.

Nor were the Scottish clans some kind of idyllic grouping of tribes. To the extent that they existed, they were more like mafia families – poor mafia families. “…the Highland chieftain could be an awe-inspiring figure. What generally struck most outsiders, however, was the shabbiness and poverty of the average chief’s existence.” “In fact, these people were much poorer than Plains Indians or the other pastoral-nomadic peoples civil-society theorists knew about.” As for the fancy kilts and clan colors, they were a nostalgic invention made long after the clans had dissipated.

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