Thursday, September 22, 2011
A Brief Summary of Civilisation
Thirteen episodes were made in all, each being 50 minutes in length. What follows is a summary of each of these :
The Skin of Our Teeth - A look at how European thought and art were saved "by the skin of our teeth" after the stifling lack of creativity that abounded during the Dark Ages.
The Great Thaw - The reawakening of civilization in the 12th century, and the triumphs of the Church.
Protest and Communication - A look at the Reformation in the 16th century, and a study of Shakespeare.
The Light of Experience - The revolutionary change of thought that replaced the Church's authority in the 17th century and the works of Rembrandt, Descartes, Vermeer, and architects such as Sir Christopher Wren.