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Scots' Cultural Contributions

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5out of 5

by Opie1 on January 14, 2008

This is a history of Scots since the 1500's, specializing in their cultural contributions. I found especially interesting the fact that their children attended schools before others because their new church (Presbyterian) required that they read the Bible. I was amazed by the deep philosophies developed by their intellectuals in the 1700's during the Scottish Enlightenment. These are explained in considerable detail and are understandable. Men like Adam Smith & David Hume. Even more important are the inventions. Scots are masters of the "practical arts". Most of all, I was interested in the migration of Scots, including Scotch Irish, to North America and the many contributions of their descendents here.
For 40 years, I worked in a large group of Physicist/Engineers performing research and development. Looking back on it, a high percentage of my peers had Scottish names.
It is the best book I have read in a long time. It definitely is an intellectual books and some of it is thought-provoking. It takes a while to read.
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