Kenneth Clark's Civilisation - The Great Thaw (Part 2)
Thank you so very much for posting these. They are invaluable.
This series is compact and moves fast, but gives the sweep and ideas of Western culture.
The amount of vested self interest and outrigh historical falsities being passed off as history nowdays is frightening....it's a relief to see some 'golden oldies' are still available for the un-affording hobbiests....far too many urban myths are generated from those bereft of any real knowledge of history and far too much jaded life experience.......history must not be veiwed from the veiwers own bias, but must be seen from its actual era and those around it....give me Gibbons any day.
Kenneth Clark was who I was named after. The spelling was a misprint on my birth certificate. It fit with my middle name and last name. Also my mother was reading a book by Kenneth Clark at the time of my birth.
And I was delivered by Doctor Clark in Clark Clinic, Ieager, McDowell County West Virginia! I am an artist and love the study of Civilization! 1958, August 12th my birthday!
Teaching has itself become a lost art. The trendy modern notion that a teacher should be the guide on the side rather than the sage on the stage, has brought immense destruction to university life. But Kenneth Clark is a true teacher and a man of great wisdom.
Suraj's Opinion is Better
As much as I love Kenneth and this series, his point at 5:00 regarding internationalism is flimsy, or even disingenuous.
The Normans who invaded England replaced the English aristocracy with the French and William the Conqueror appointed Lanfranc as Archbishop of Canterbury specifically to enact cultural change and curtail the reverence of Anglo Saxon saints.
It was not done because the English needed 'some way of thought or human activity vital to us', but because the Normans had just taken over control and tried to wipe out Anglo Saxon culture