Thursday, April 21, 2005

How the Scots Invented the Modern World

How the Scots Invented the Modern World. This is a book review by Julie Lorenzen. It gives a summary of the chapters in this book by Arthur Herman. In the book, he focuses on how the Scots made great contributions to the Western World.

From the site:

The following paragraphs provide a brief summary of each chapter of Arthur Herman’s book, How the Scots Invented the Modern World. Herman makes good arguments in order to defend the books title. However, perhaps a more appropriate title would have been How the Scots Contributed to the Modern World.

The first chapter of How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman chronicled John Knox, a writer and strict evangelical preacher. According to Herman, Knox’s goal was to turn Scots into God’s chosen people and Scotland into the New Jerusalem. He wiped out Catholicism and embraced Calvinism. Scottish society enveloped these principles.

Chapter two was about the treaty of 1707 that made Scotland part of Great Britain. The main point was that although the Scots feared the worse for their country, their country ended up better off—especially since they had better access to England’s markets. The treaty seemed to be the springboard for the enlightenment.

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