The Cult of Progress - Civilisations (Paperback)
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The Cult of Progress - Civilisations (Paperback)

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Companion to the major new BBC documentary series CIVILISATIONS, presented by Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Simon Schama Oscar Wilde said 'Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.' Was he right? In Civilisations, David Olusoga travels the world to piece together the shared histories that link nations. In Part One, First Contact, we discover what happened to art in the great Age of Discovery, when civilisations encountered each other for the first time. Although undoubtedly a period of conquest and destruction, it was also one of mutual curiosity, global trade and the exchange of ideas. In Part Two, The Cult of Progress, we see how the Industrial Revolution transformed the world, impacting every corner, and every civilisation, from the cotton mills of the Midlands through Napoleon's conquest of Egypt to the decimation of both Native American and Maori populations and the advent of photography in Paris in 1839. Incredible art - both looted and created - relays the key events and their outcomes throughout the world.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781259986
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 615 g
Dimensions: 220 x 146 x 24 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Olusoga is a smart and inventive narrator, with a keen historical curiosity and effortless style -- Faramerz Dabhoiwala * Guardian *
Told with great fluency and clarity of style ... a highly readable and engaging account -- Kwasi Kwarteng * Sunday Times *
An insightful take from a great writer * History Revealed *
Praise for Black and British: A Forgotten History You could not ask for a more judicious, comprehensive and highly readable survey of a part of British history that has been so long overlooked or denied. David Olusoga is a superb guide -- Adam Hochschild
Groundbreaking * Observer *
A] comprehensive and important history of black Britain . . . Written with a wonderful clarity of style and with great force and passion. -- Kwasi Kwarteng * Sunday Times *
A radical reappraisal of the parameters of history, exposing lacunae in the nation's version of its past -- Arifa Akbar * Guardian *
Praise for The Kaiser's Holocaust [A] haunting book ... an unforgettable and unflinching account of a neglected atrocity * Sunday Telegraph *
A) provocative and uncomfortably absorbing book. ... Impressively researched ... Olusoga and Erichsen, with their novelist's flair for narrative, provide a grimly readable history ... deserves to be read widely. -- Ian Thomson * Daily Telegraph *

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“A real eye opener.”

The central argument of this book (and its companion volume by Mary Beard) is that the history of the world can be told though art. Here Olusoga explores the themes of contact between Europeans and the rest of the... More

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