Civilisations is a History Documentary programme.

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David Olusoga explores the artistic reaction to imperialism in the 19th century. David shows the growing ambivalence with which artists reacted to the idea of progress, both intellectual and scientific, that underpinned the imperial mission and followed the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. Advances in knowledge and technology imbued Europeans in the 19th century with a sense of their civilisation's superiority. It justified their imperial ideology. But it created among artists deep fascinations with other civilisations which in turn produced a scepticism about their own.

Genre: History Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Civilisations next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 2 Tonight, 9:00pm and on BBC 2 Northern Ireland Tonight, 9:00pm. See more...