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Civilisation

Episode 13: Heroic Materialism

Duration: 51 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

To conclude this landmark series, Kenneth Clark considers the ways in which the heroic materialism of the past hundred years has been linked to an equally remarkable increase in humanitarianism. The achievement of engineers and scientists such as Brunel and Rutherford has been matched by the work of great reformers like Wilberforce and Shaftesbury. As Clark notes, the concept of kindness only became important in the last century. Show less

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