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The Scottish Enlightenment by Arthur Herman,
This review is from: The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World (Paperback)
Like many Scots, I have preconceived ideas about the Jacobite rebellion, religious wars, the Union and our relationship with the rest of Britain. I know when to hiss and when to cheer those heroes and villains of our not so distant past.
Reading this book has allowed me to throw away my prejudices and look at all of these issues with a new unblinkered vision. This is one of the best books I have read on Scottish history and what I particularly like is how it doesn't concentrate on battles and events, but people and ideas. I just want to run out and buy a copy of Wealth of Nations or the writings of Hutcheson, Hume and others. I particularly like the way Herman leads you through the practical consequences of what people were thinking and writing. Their effect on commerce, science, politics and ideas about liberty have relevance today.
I truly feel enlightened and I recommend this book very highly.