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First Contact/The Cult of Progress

Civilisations
Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

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.

©2018 David Olusoga (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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