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Civilisation: Is the West History?

Civilisation: Is the West History?

Civilisation: Is the West History?

Why does the world dress like we do? After the Second World War the West was resurrected as the 'consumer society' which spread relentlessly around the globe.

Civilisation: Is the West History? - Ep 3 - New Worlds

This episode looks at the division within the West. Why it was that North America succeeded where South America failed? The two had much in common - not least the subjugation of indigenous peoples and the use of slavery by European immigrants - but they differed profoundly on individual property rights and representative democracy. There were two revolutions against crown rule in the Americas yet Simon Bolivar never turned out to be a George Washington. The property owning democracy was born in North America while the South was consigned to centuries of underdevelopment.

Civilisation: Is the West History? - Ep 4 - Medicine

In this episode we look at how the transformational development of modern medicine made it possible to export Western Civilization to the 'Dark Continent'. But why was it that Europe's empires failed in their mission to 'civilize' Africa, exposing the most violent side of Western dominance...and the violent side of medical science? Competing nation states, power and might became essential components of the domination of the West and eventually brought the heart of darkness home to Europe in 1914. The ensuing world wars endangered the West's hold on cultural, political and economic dominance.

Civilisation: Is the West History? - Ep 5 - Consumerism

Why does the world dress like we do? After the Second World War the West was resurrected as the 'consumer society' which spread relentlessly around the globe.

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