Summary The Cult of Progress: As seen on TV (Civilisations)
The Cult of Progress: As seen on TV (Civilisations) Download À 102 ☆ ❰Download❯ ➵ The Cult of Progress: As seen on TV (Civilisations) Author David Olusoga – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Companion to the major new BBC documentary series CIVILISATIONS presented by Mary Beard David Olusoga andCompanion to the major of Progress PDFEPUB #190 new BBC documentary series CIVILISATIONS presented by Mary Beard David Olusoga and Simon SchamaOscar Wilde said Life imitates Art farthan 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 hap. This is a beautiful superbly illustrated book in two parts The first part looks at the history of the meeting of civilisations through empire conuest and trade during the age of discovery The book reviews the history but focuses on the art of the period often that of the conuerors which was often influenced by that of the conuered which arose as a result Starting with the stunning Benin bronzes which the empire builders were bewildered to find in a 'backward' part of the world and culminating in the art stolen from and created in India this first part of the book First Contact is fascinating The second part of the book The Cult of Progress looks at the art of the post industrial world including the landscape and portrait painters of the industrialising America through the impressionists to the art of the first world warThe presentation is excellent lots of colour illustrations which amplify and illuminate the text and all printed on high uality paper
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Pened to art in the great Age The Cult eBook #8608 of Discovery when civilisations encountered each other for the first time Although undoubtedly a period of conuest 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 corn. In the concise book informed by the twin passions of its author for history and art David Olusoga examines the role played by art in the moments of contact interaction and conflict that have been defining features in the past half millenniumThe book is organized in two parts 'First Contact' and 'The Cult of Progress' respectively covering the periods from the mid fifteenth and the early parts of the eighteenth and from the mid eighteenth century until and inclusive the first World WarAt around the mid fifteenth century a series of advances in maritime and navigational technologies and a uest for wealth and trade inspired European explorers to break out of the confines of Europe and the Mediterranean seaThe civilisational story of the period between the late fifteenth century and the early years of the eighteenth is one of contact and interaction When Europeans landed in the New World societies that had not even been aware of one another's existence found themselves in sudden contact contact which in the case of the Mexican Aztec and Inca empires subjugated by the invading Spaniard Conuistadors under Cortes and the murder of their emperor Moctezuma and aggravated by the imported smallpox proved nearly fatal The catastrophic conuest that took place in the Americas was not the rule The kingdoms and empires of Africa and Asia explored by the Portuguese Dutch English and other Europeans did not suffer the fates which befell the peoples of MexicoThe age of Discovery was an age of trade and broadened horizons In the age of discovery spices cotton silk new luxuries exotic and desirable arrived from distant Asia by sea and land The era witnessed the Dutch Golden Age of the seventeenth century with pivotal role played by the Verenigde Oost Indische Compagnie VOC the Dutch East India Company Established in 1602 it was the first multinational corporation and the first to allow the public to buy and sell company shares Of corresponding significance was the English East India Company an enterprise born of the same impulse as the VOC Established in 1600 its task was to emulate the success of the Portuguese and steal a slice of the trade in pepper and spices Like the VOC it was granted a monopoly in return for developing trade between Asia and England The English faced competition from Dutch Portuguese Danish Swedish and French all of whom were attracted to India by the availability of spices silk cotton opium and other commodities but also by the growing weakness of the Mughal empireThe art of this age records how these new luxuries seeped into the lives of the wealthy and the aspirational and how discoveries of new lands and contact with previously unknown people fired their imaginations These products and the new wealth generated by their trade added to the vibrancy and the variety of everyday life They became the symbols of modernity Within the art of the fifteenth sixteenth and seventeenth centuries there is a visual record of the excitement and dynamism of what we might regard as the first age of globalizationDuring the latter decades of the eighteenth century this era of first contact began to give way to a new age of empire Fired by a new self confidence born of the rationalism of Enlightenment Europeans came to regard their civilization as exceptional As a result of the Industrial Revolution a huge gap opened up between European technologies and those available to Asians Africans and others The nineteenth century the era of European empires thus became the age shaped by a cult of progress one in which artists struggled to make sense of vast transformational changes industrialization and the rise of the factory rapid urbanization the ascent of capitalism the enormous accumulation of wealth accompanied by vast wealth ineuality and the appalling living conditions of the urban working classes so compellingly described by Charles Dickens and the subjugation of foreign landsIn art we look clearly at artistic innovations and individual artists' responses to post industrial modernizationThe book concludes with a passage which relates to the end of World War I fought among the Imperial powers with an irony characteristic of the author and the book'The soldiers sailors and airmen who survived the carnage of World War I each received the Inter Allied Victory Medal almost 6 million were struck in bronze On the front was the winged figure of Victory an allusion to classical mythology On the reverse was a simple inscription encircled by laurels Despite the mechanical slaughter that had killed 22 million people brought down ancient empires and bankrupted nations the inscription read with no sense of irony 'the Great War for Civilisation 1914 1918''
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The Cult of Progress As seen on TV CivilisationsEr and every civilisation from the cotton mills of the Midlands Cult of Progress eBook #8608 through Napoleons conuest of Egypt to the decimation of both Native American and Maori populations and the advent of photography in Paris in Incredible art both looted and created relays the key events and Cult of Progress As seen eBook #8608 their outcomes throughout the wor. This book reminded me of Civilization by Kenneth Clark But there is also a difference between the two books “Civilization” talks about how civilization has influenced art in different eras and features works of art that reflected the civilization of the period David Olusoga's book on the other hand speaks of how the so called civilization or the search for progress at any cost has ruined or destroyed many societies and cultures especially those considered inferior by the various European colonizers who acted in the name of progress; and features works of art that reflected the damages caused by these perpetrators on the peoples Or at least that's how I interpreted it In any case the book is excellent and I highly recommend it