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Civilisation - Kenneth Clark
Civilisation
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Kenneth Clark's sweeping narrative looks at how Western Europe evolved in the wake of the collapse of the Roman Empire, to produce the ideas, books, buildings, works of art and great individuals that make up our civilisation. The author takes us from Iona in the ninth century to France in the... show more
Kenneth Clark's sweeping narrative looks at how Western Europe evolved in the wake of the collapse of the Roman Empire, to produce the ideas, books, buildings, works of art and great individuals that make up our civilisation. The author takes us from Iona in the ninth century to France in the twelfth, from Florence to Urbino, from Germany to Rome, England, Holland and America. Against these historical backgrounds he sketches an extraordinary cast of characters -- the men and women who gave new energy to civilisation and expanded our understanding of the world and of ourselves. He also highlights the works of genius they produced -- in architecture, sculpture and painting, in philosophy, poetry and music, and in science and engineering, from Raphael's School of Athens to the bridges of Brunel.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780719522406 (0719522404)
Publisher: John Murray
Pages no: 360
Edition language: English
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Bettie's Books
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5.0 Civilisation by Kenneth Clark
bookshelves: one-penny-wonder, history, art-forms, published-1969, nonfiction, ancient-history, medieval5c-16c, teh-brillianz Read in November, 2009 ** spoiler alert ** End thoughts - This is about Western civilisation so the title can be construed as arrogance. Clark comes over rather smug in pa...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
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End thoughts - This is about Western civilisation so the title can be construed as arrogance. Clark comes over rather smug in parts, more so towards the end. That said I loved this mixture of philosophy, music, poetry and of course, lot's of art and sculpture.Durham Cathedral as part of the discussi...
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