Civilisations: First Contact / The Cult of Progress - Civilisations (Hardback)
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Civilisations: First Contact / The Cult of Progress - Civilisations (Hardback)

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One of a series of companion volumes accompanying the major new BBC documentary series Civilisations, presented by Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Simon Schama.

In Civilisations: First Contact/The Cult of Progress, 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.

Read the companion volume, Civilisations: How Do We Look/The Eye of Faith, in which distinguished historian Mary Beard explores how art has shaped, and been shaped by, the people who created it throughout history.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781259979
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 810 g
Dimensions: 230 x 158 x 28 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

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

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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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