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    How The Scots Invented the Modern World

    How The Scots Invented the Modern World, by Arthur Herman, Publisher Broadway Books.

    Disclaimer: This book has virtually nothing to do with kilts. For some one with an interest solely in Kilts, they are mentioned on five occasions.

    Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. 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.
    Considering the aforementioned, this is not a boring book. It clearly demonstrates that some Scots did not leave Scotland only to assimilate in whichever country they immigrated to, and that many were well received where ever they went.
    To the Scots i say, yes, the book was written by an American. But Professor Herman (PhD History), uses mostly Scottish reference material and is assisted by mostly Scottish researchers. It's a good book, an easy read and full of information and anecdotes. If this information is not taught at schools within Scotland, it should be.

    Happy reading

    Jacques
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    I have read this, and found it interesting and enjoyable. It's clearly from a single viewpoint/ thesis, but nonetheless, informative.
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Retired Parish Priest & Elementary Headmaster, lover of God, people (most of them!) dogs, joy, humour & clarity. Legion Padre, theologian, teacher, philosopher, linguist, dreamer, traditionalist, bon-vivant, encourager of hearts & souls & a firm believer in dignity, decency, & duty. A proud Sinclair.

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    And Adam Smith and economics. John Logie Baird and television. Dolly the Sheep

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Carrick View Post
    And Adam Smith and economics. John Logie Baird and television. Dolly the Sheep
    ...and Whisky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Me cousin Jack View Post
    ...and Whisky!
    The Mesopotamians and Ancient Greeks seem to have invented distillation and in the records of whiskey production in Ireland seems to scoop Scotland.
    Waiting for a ton of bricks to come down on me now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Carrick View Post
    The Mesopotamians and Ancient Greeks seem to have invented distillation and in the records of whiskey production in Ireland seems to scoop Scotland.
    Waiting for a ton of bricks to come down on me now.
    Well, aye... but if the Irish did indeed invent “whiskey”, it wasn’t “whisky”.
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Retired Parish Priest & Elementary Headmaster, lover of God, people (most of them!) dogs, joy, humour & clarity. Legion Padre, theologian, teacher, philosopher, linguist, dreamer, traditionalist, bon-vivant, encourager of hearts & souls & a firm believer in dignity, decency, & duty. A proud Sinclair.

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    His book on the Scottish Enlightenment is also an excellent read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by figheadair View Post
    His book on the Scottish Enlightenment is also an excellent read.
    i'll have to check Amazon for that one.

    Thanks
    Hold Fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Carrick View Post
    The Mesopotamians and Ancient Greeks seem to have invented distillation and in the records of whiskey production in Ireland seems to scoop Scotland.
    Waiting for a ton of bricks to come down on me now.
    Ha Ha, Yes!

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