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Herman deals in such absurd canards as the comment about Burns being a "Heaven Taught Ploughman" and treats them as factual. The entire weaving together of all the Scottish intellectual, engineering, educational, political, and literary giants in this one book was both extraordinary and enlightening.

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Union gave Scotland access to England's global marketplace, triggering an economic and cultural boom "transform[ing] Scotland. I was stunned to read the names of famous industrial titans like Carnegie and learn they were Scots. Were I in charge of curriculum design at a high school, college or university, I would put this volume on the 'must-read' list for its historical importance in the grand scheme of things, especially for students of world history.Herman credits Scotland's sudden transformation to its system of education, especially its leading universities at Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World, HarperCollins, 2004 ISBN 978-0060534240. This is one of those books, like How the Irish Saved Civilization, designed to sell copies by pandering to national pride. He generally employs the Great Man perspective in his work, which is 19th Century historical methodology attributing human events and their outcomes to the singular efforts of great men that has been refined and qualified by such modern thinkers as Sidney Hook.Herman provides a section, at the end of the book, listing sources used and suggestions for further reading on each chapter. As the book progresses through time, so do the characters involved in the stories, eventually reaching a more modern time when the people discussed were not nearly as interesting as in the early portions of the book. He preached that God ordained power into the people and that it was for the people to administer and enforce God's laws, not the monarchy. Not content with inventing the telephone, Scotland also discovered electromagnetism which is the basis for mobile phones and wi-fi.

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He believed in economic, political and religious freedom for everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. Starting in the century or so before the Enlightenment period, Herman explains the various factors that led to the Union of 1707.A more apt title would be "English speaking Scotsmen who contributed to Great Britain during the time of British superiority," but then again that wouldn't be a blatant cash-in on All Things Scottish. As a Scot in Scotland it is a flattering read but there comes a point when Herman's point of view is overstated, one, moreover, that is too excluding of towering figures from other countries.

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In the next couple of chapters, Herman deals in some depth with two of the earliest and most influential figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Hutcheson and Kames, showing how their ideas developed, where they contrasted and overlapped, and the influence that each had on those thinkers who followed them.

A distinguished historian explores the seminal contributions of Scotland to the development of modern Western civilization, discussing the impact of such ideals as democracy, freedom of speech, equal opportunity, and a commitment to education and exploring Scottish accomplishments in the fields of philosophy, science, medicine, engineering, political thought, and more. As a general introduction to the Scottish thinkers of the 18th century and to the subsequent activities of the Scottish diaspora, it is sensible and measured. I was also impressed by the author's unsentimental and unromantic assessment of the condition of the 18th century Scottish Highlands, where the population lived in extreme poverty and were subject to iniquitous justice and the capricious absolute rule of Clan Chiefs.

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