Kenneth Clark’s “Civilisation”

Kenneth Clark (1903-1983) was an distinguished British art historian and museum conservator. His most well-known work is the landmark thirteen episode BBC documentary series Civilisation: A Personal View that was broadcast on the network during 1969. While Clark focuses on his specialty, the visual arts, he also highlights the profound relation between art and religion during most of the historical period covered in the documentary and its companion book.

In light of PBS’s awful, relativistic program Civilizations, Clark’s mini-series is a refreshing alternative made by a man who was passionate about Western art and culture. Fortunately, he was educated prior to the cultural Marxism and self-loathing that has infected the West.

Kenneth Clark refused to apologize for his love of Western Civilization and its obvious superiority to other cultures and neither should we. Let Clark’s work stand as a clarion call for the civilized to stand tall and be proud of what we have achieved and to never regret the West’s accomplishments!

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